Taiji Quan - Yang Style

Publisher: Foreign Languages Press

ISBN: 7119018078

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Paperback; 13.5*20 cm; 194 pages

By Yu Gongbao. Yang style taiji quan is one of the mainschools of Chinese taiji quan. It is the most popular style nowpractised in China. The book describes, naturally and explicitly, thebirth and growth of the Yang style taij quan, its features, basicskills and basic movements, all illustrated by more than 200 pictures.It also tells the readers how to learn taiji quan. Therefore, it offersa wide knowledge of Chinese boxing, with scientific character and widepracticality.

The originator of the Yang style tai ji boxing wasYang Luchan (1800-1873) from Yongnian in Hebei Province. Yang went tolearn Taiji boxing from Chen Changxing in the Chenjia Valley as a boy.When grown up, he returned to his native town to teach the art. To suitthe need of common people, Yang Luchan made some changes, and droppedsome highly difficult moves, such as force irritating, broad jumps andfoot thumping. His son shortened the routine which was furthersimplified by his grandson. The grandson's form of the Yang style taijiboxing was later taken as the protocol of the Yang style boxing.Because of its comfortable postures, simplicity and practicability,this form has become the most popular routine for exercise and practice.

TheYang style taiji boxing features agreeable movements and actionscombining hardness, softness and naturalness. When practising,practitioners should relax to form softness which transforms intohardness, thus combining the hard and the soft. The Yang style taijiquan is divided into three sub routines, namely high-posture,middle-posture and low-posture routines, all with comfortable andagreeable movements and actions. The beginners can adjust theirphysical power in practice depending on their age, sex and stamina. Itcan be use for curing illnesses, preserving health and improving thephysiques and boxing skills.

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