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Chen T’ai Chi: Traditional Instructions from the Chen Village, Vol. 2

By Adam Wallace, Michael A. DeMarco, M.A. & A. Edwin Matthews, Yaron Seidman, L.Ac., Michael Rosario Graycar and Rachel Tomlinson, M.Ed, Bosco Seung-Chul Baek, B.S.

Chen T’ai Chi: Traditional Instructions from the Chen Village, Vol. 2
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Chen T’ai Chi: Traditional Instructions from the Chen Village, Vol. 2

When we think of martial arts in “old China,” we get visions of violent convulsions of dynastic change, devastating rebellions, civil wars, and banditry. Throughout the centuries there was a need for masters who possessed highly effective martial skills for positions in the military, protection services, and law enforcement. Out of this historical reality emerged a national treasure we call taijiquan.
        Chen t’ai chi's mystique remains fundamentally a true fighting art, including bare-handed forms and applications, plus an arsenal of weapons that includes the spear, straight sword, broadsword, and halberd. Then there are the associated training methods used to master this complete system, such as qigong, push-hands, and standing post. All of these practices are infused with knowledge associated with the physical and mental aspects of the human condition.
        Any serious taiji practitioner or scholar should have some understanding of the Chen family roots to get a vision of the whole tree. This two-volume anthology brings much of the rich heritage conveniently together for your reading. In this second volume, there is a special emphasis on nurturing the internal aspects for health as well as for combative skills. You will find clear explanations outlining each step in the learning process toward mastering Chen-style t’ai chi. Chapters included here clarify what proper training entails and why much time and effort (gongfu) are necessary to gain results.

Author Bio:
Bosco Seung-Chul Baek, B.S., has studied qigong and yoga, becoming a certified yoga instructor in 1999. He began studying Chen taijiquan with Chen Bing in 2002 and became a formal disciple in 2005. Mr. Baek attended Loyola University Chicago, where he received a B.S. degree in biology in 2009. He owns the Chen Bing Taiji Academy in Los Angeles.

Michael DeMarco, M.A., founder of the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, received his degree from Seton Hall University’s Department of Asian Studies. In 1964 he began his martial arts study in Indonesian kuntao-silat; since 1973 he has focused on taijiquan. Mr. DeMarco studied under Yang Qingyu (d. 2002) in Taiwan, in the Yang-style lineage of Xiong Yonghe (1886–1981). He also studied Chen style in Taiwan under Tu Zongren and Du Yuze (1886–1990), in the lineage of Chen Yanxi.

A. Edwin Matthews started martial arts training in 1960 with judo and jujutsu. Since 1976 he has been studying taiji under William C. C. Chen (Yang style), Dr. Ping-siang Tao (Yang style and Liuhebafa), Peter Ralston (Cheng Hsin), and Dr. Yang Yang (Chen style). He earned a diploma of graduation from W. C. C. Chen. Ed has been certified in Dr. Yang Yang’s Evidence-Based Qigong and Taiji programs.

Michael Rosario-Graycar has been studying martial arts on and off for over twenty-five years. In 1996 Michael started studying Chen-style taijiquan in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, under Ren Guangyi, senior disciple of Chen Xiaowang. While continuing to train regularly with Master Ren, Michael also trains privately with Chen Xiaowang, Chen Xiaoxing, and Chen Bing. Michael currently owns and operates the Phoenix Martial Arts Center in Greater Philadelphia.

Yaron Seidman, L.Ac., graduated in 1993 from Guangxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Nanning, China, and Auckland Acupuncture Colleges in New Zealand. He received national certification by the National Certification Committee for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Mr. Seidman has a background in various internal martial arts and has focused on Chen-style taijiquan since 1999. He is a disciple of Chen Zhonghua and a private student of Feng Zhiqiang. Mr. Seidman teaches Chen taiji in New York City.

Rachel Tomlinson, M.Ed., has trained in Chen-style taijiquan for over ten years with Ren Guangyi, and has regularly attended workshops with Chen Xiaowang, Chen Xiaoxing, and Chen Bing, among others. Rachel serves as an assistant instructor at the Phoenix Martial Arts Center in Philadelphia. She received a M.Ed. in counseling psychology from Temple University in 2005. Currently, she works as the director of accreditation management for the Fox School of Business, Temple University.

Adam Wallace is vice chairman of the International Chen Style Taijiquan Association, Inc. He has studied Chinese cultural arts for many years. He is an authorized instructor of both Chen-style taijiquan, under Master Ren Guangyi, and Dayan (Wild Goose) qigong, under Master Michael Tse. Mr. Wallace teaches in New York City and Connecticut.

Product Specifications:
  • The Nurturing Ways of Chen Taiji: An Interview with Yang Yang, by Michael A. DeMarco, M.A. & A. Edwin Matthews 
  • Internal Training: The Foundation for Chen Taiji’s Fighting Skills and Health Promotion, by Adam Wallace 
  • An Introduction to Seizing Techniques in Chen Style Taijiquan, by Yaron Seidman, L.Ac.
  • Dantian Rotation in Chen Taiji: Internal Energy Techniques and Their Relationship with the Body’s Meridians, by Bosco Seung-Chul Baek, B.S.
  • Tensegrity: Development of Dynamic Balance and Internal Power in Taijiquan, by Michael Rosario Graycar and Rachel Tomlinson, M.Ed. 

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