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Contents: Introduction. 1. Chinese Weapons. 2. The Jian. 3. A Brief History of the Jian 4. Blade Construction. 5. Parts of the Jian 6. The Balance of the Sword. 7. Holding the Sword. 8. Performing Taiji & Taiji Sword 9. Two-Person Sword Routines. 10. Traditional & Modern. 11. The Sword Metaphysically. 12. Intention. 13. Development of the 32-Posture Form. 14. The 13 Applications. 15. Sword Strokes. 16. Stances. 17. Footwork Techniques. 18. Leg Movements. 19. The 32-Posture Sword Form in Competition. 20. Music for the 32-Posture. 21. The Sword-Fingers. 22. Definitions of Terms Used. 23. The 32-Posture Taiji Sword Form. 24. Footprint Map of the Form. 25. Breakdown of the Form. 26. Beyond the Basics. Acknowledgements.
Step-by-step instructions on Sword Form technique including sword strokes, stances and footwork techniques
James Drewe has been practising taiji and qi gong since 1975; he has studied taiji with Master Chu King Hung, Richard Watson, Prof. Li Deyin, Master Wang Yanji and Simon Watson. He currently teaches Yang, Chen, Sun, and Wudang styles of taiji, including various sword and fan forms. James is Vice-Chairman of the Longfei Taijiquan Association, a member of the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (BCCMA) and is a registered instructor with the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain (TCUGB). Details of his regular classes in London and Kent can be found on his website at www.taiji.co.uk, and he can be emailed at email@example.com.
James Drewe is one of the most sucessful and well organised tai chi teachers I have ever met and this is reflected in the quality of the book. -- Tai Chi Finder