Jan Diepersloot – The Tao of Yiquan: The Method of Awareness in the Martial Arts (Warriors of Stillness Vol. II: Meditative Traditions in the Chinese Martial Arts) [PDF]
Jan Diepersloot – The Tao of Yiquan: The Method of Awareness in the Martial Arts (Warriors of Stillness Vol. II: Meditative Traditions in the Chinese Martial Arts) [PDF]| Size : 90.08 MB
Based on the techniques and practices of various masters of Yiquan, this book focuses on the ability to defeat power and speed with the softness and stillness taught by this Chinese martial art. Yiquan, also known as I Ch’uan, is an ancient health and martial art system that has its roots in Buddhism and draws on Chinese meditative traditions. Central to Yiquan training methods is a practice of meditation that integrates mind and body to produce fa jin, a powerful and potentially lethal force. Yiquan also relies on skills of awareness and stillness to counter and control this deadly force. This is volume two of the trilogy Warriors of Stillness.
|This book is definitely a must read for all persons who wish to learn the science of internal martial arts.The book nicely explains how the internal Taoist practices evolved from the Indian martial and yogic arts. The text weaves together the history and practices of these arts like a novel, bringing us to the creation Xingyiquan. From there we are introduced to the masters of Xingyi and to the founder of Yiquan: Wang Xingzhai. Again, the text reads like a novel as we progress through the life and adventures of Wang Xingzhai. Using Wang’s own writings, the author clearly describes how Wang reached his conclusions and developed his art. Mr. Diepersloot then take us through the chronology of how he and his teachers all arrived to the art of Yiquan. This gives the book its greatest power: creditability. We learn from the experiences of the author and five masters on how and why this art works.
There is a wealth of technical information in this book and many awareness/movement drills. Unfortunately, the material is over the head of anyone who has not experienced the sensations described by the author. However, this is exactly the type of material a person needs to read before doing this practice. It should then be forgotten until the practioneer feels it for themselves. In other words this material trains you subconsciously to obtain the desired objectives. Then all that is required is hours and hours of practice.
The book is very grounded in the physical practice of Yiquan. There is a small, but very good discussion about empty force, as it applies to interpersonal energetics. The author offers very good, seasoned insight into this controversial subject.
The book clearly illustrates how this practice changes personal perspective, physical body dynamics, energy and way of living. But there is a lot that the author leaves for personal discovery. In conclusion this is the best book I have ever seen on this subject. It will most likely become a classic that will be recommended to students for decades to come.
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