The Wudang Tai Chi Sword Form
Filmed in 2008 at a tai chi demonstration.
BOOKS by James Drewe
The Yang Tàijí 24-Step Short Form
A Step-by-Step Guide for all Levels
"Yang 24-Step Tàijíquan is one of the most widely-practised Tàijíquan forms in the world today, and the form that most people first learn. Gentle enough to be suitable for the elderly, yet challenging enough to stretch even the most experienced practitioner, it is also one of the most accessible and rewarding.
"In his new book, James Drewe provides a comprehensive and detailed explication of the postures and movements of the form. For each, he describes exactly how the weight flows, how to use the hands, how to move the limbs, and how to relax into the movement, clearly explaining each step with the aid of foot patterns and photographs. Sections on the internal aspects of Tàijíquan, descriptions of the subtle variations that may be made when performing certain movements, and even instructions on how to fit the movements to music are also included.
"This comprehensive guide to Yang 24-Step Tàijíquan is an invaluable resource for taiji practitioners at all levels, including beginners, as well as taiji instructors, and students of other martial arts."
Taiji Jian 32-Posture Sword Form
"The Sword Form is an important aspect of the popular Chinese martial art, Tàijíquan. The 32-Posture Sword Form, from the point of view of the physical movements only, is not complex, but there is a significant amount of other information relating to the applications that is open to interpretation.
"Written by an experienced teacher of Tàijíquan, this book provides a detailed description of the Jian (the sword), its parts and how it should be held. Using photographs and illustrations, the author gives step-by-step instructions for the main 13 applications including sword strokes, stances and footwork techniques.
"This book contains a wealth of information on Sword Form technique and is an ideal resource for students of martial arts, experienced practitioners or anyone interested in learning about Tàijíquan."
"Best presentation of t'ai chi I have seen. It is clearly explained verbally and the continuous motion photos are invaluable to learning and correcting the moves. It is a great answer to my quest." M
"Great book: I loved the layout. The way movements are captured in each transitional picture is very helpful. Wroth the price. Thanks."
"Thousand pictures worth a million words: That's what you get, a bunch of pictures. I think this is even better than having a video, because you have all the movement frames on one page."