Illustrated Explanations of Chen Family Taijiquan. uploaded by. uploader avatar jerry lee. Sanshoudao Jichujiaocheng-Sanshoudao Wei. “The Illustrated Canon of Chen Family Taijiquan” is universally acknow- ledged by the Taoist community and Taiji practitioners as the seminal sourcebook of. Chen Xin’s “Illustrated Explanations of Chen Family Taijiquan” is also called ” Chen Pinsan’s Taijiquan Essentials” or more recently The Illustrated Canon of.

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Anup marked it as to-read Nov 21, It is a weighty volume with theory and practice espoused equally and in great depth.

Illustrated Explanations of Chen Family Taijiquan by Chen Xin

Baert Erik marked it as to-read Jul 14, Saamen Ausetenaungkh rated it it was ok Jun 11, Bruno Turricchia marked it as to-read Apr 05, Lws marked it as to-read May 24, So looking them up in a dictionary, or asking a non-chen style the illustrated canon of chen family taijiquan practitioner to provide the meaning of a character is a recipe for disaster. Petri De la rosanides marked it as to-read Apr 17, First, to render the work accessible to as wide an audience as possible by modernizing and simplifying the language while conserving the integrity of the authors intention and instruction.

Conrad marked it as to-read Mar 25, Ronnie Yee marked it as to-read Dec 16, Krishna Kumar is currently reading it Feb 25, Many of the characters have meaning specific to taijiquan. Readers will find this first edition the illustrated canon of chen family taijiquan useful introduction into the philosophy and techniques of Chen Taijiquan and a valuable source of knowledge as their practice and understanding evolves. I could not recommend it to a beginner or even an intermediate level practitioner.


Marc marked it as to-read Jun 26, The second objective is to encourage its usage as a reference book by improving on the user-friendliness of its structure. Robert Peng marked it as to-read Jun 10, Petra marked it as to-read Dec 02, Having read all pages twice, I can see why most people would feel suitably daunted.

The language of taijiquan, like all Chinese, is context driven. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Anthony Woad added it May 05, Jeff marked it as to-read May 16, The English translation of this canon in its entirety was made by an experienced Taiji practitioner and scholar of Chinese culture Alex Golstein and illusttrated the first ever attempt to translate into English Chen Xins highly esoteric and detailed technical explanations of Chen-style Taijiquan techniques, including his meticulous inscriptions for the illustrated canon of chen family taijiquan illustrations.

This book is a translation of a Chinese language book, written by Chen Xin at the turn of the 19 th to the 20 th centuries, completed in 25 years and finally completed in The volume was translated by an Australian Yang Stylist whose understanding of taijiquan I think interfered significantly or at least I hope that is what happened.

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Book Review: The Illustrated Canon of Chen Family Taijiquan – by Chen Xin

It is often quoted as the definitive written source for Chen style taijiquan. Without a high level practitioner to decipher the meaning and a good translator whose understanding of taijiquan is sufficient, I would suggest at cannon Level 2 — given there are no non-Chinese Level 3 practitioners, this result was largely predictable.

Marco Antonio added it Nov 20, Loriman Rhodell ollustrated it as to-read Feb 11, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Chen Xin was reputed to be both a man of letters and a practitioner of considerable skill.

Mk marked it as to-read May 30, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The result is a technical nightmare, with flashes of brilliance interspersed with much that is incomprehensible to me.

The Illustrated Canon Of Chen Family Taijiquan

Instead of a treasure, the publishers have produced a book of dubious merit. To this end, the Pinyin system has been used to standardize the spelling of all Chinese nouns, and footnotes have been taijiquah wherever additional clarification was deemed necessary. Jlr marked it as to-read Feb 25,