<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by BestHugo:
<B> Hello Please can somebody tell me where to read or buy this book? Please! Thanks!
It may be ordered in bookstores in the PRC. I have a copy. One needs to read Chinese, however, in order to grasp it. The author is a very nice guy.
In the beginning, I was enthralled with this claim too. However, convincing as the author argues, there are some problems with his assertion. One major problem is he claims this is pre-YCF, that is, found on an ancient cave wall. Pre-YCF taiji boxing, as practiced by the Family, has much different gestures, significantly different, even the so-called middle frame of the first two generations of the Yang family. Second area of difficulty is the author's bias towards ZhaoBaoTown. As convincing as he and that argument may be to any one person, unfortunately, it lacks the distance of a neutral view. But the big problem is the gestures portray YCF's large frame popularized in the 1920's while his father's, uncle's, and grandfather's taijiboxing was much more involved and intricate. The simplification was needed to popularize the art.
Perhaps interesting, Mr Yan who learned from Master YZJ, and who also wrote "Rare People of Taiji" a few years ago, after interviewing a great Zhaobao master, learned from him, and now teaches a combined Yang/Zhaobao taijiboxing in China.
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