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AN INTRODUCTION TO CHEN STYLE TAIJI

– 太極拳學入門總解 GENERAL EXPLANATIONS OF TAIJI BOXING FUNDAMENTALS 陳績甫 by Chen Jifu [Zhaopi] [1930] [translation by Paul Brennan, Sep, 2019] – 弁言 PREFACE 比年國術振興,拳學崛奇;競相授受,所至風靡;强國之基,茲或先兆。惟學者須取法上乘,專一簡練,期有心得,崇之力行方可。納於小,以健氣體,用諸大,而資抗禦。否則選擇不愼,誤入岐途:或激於過剛,摧及筋骨;或流於太柔,莫益身驅;是皆昧於學拳之道也。考吾國拳術,有少林,達摩,八卦,行意,大紅,小紅,等名稱;門類繁多,純駁不一,求其能合陰陽變化之理,動靜闔闢之妙,剛柔互濟,虛實錯綜,渾然一圓,而發自號極,瞬焉萬變,而莫窮其極者,當推太極拳;為國術唯一正宗。惜今之精斯拳者綦罕,雖間有假借斯名,儼樹一幟,不過竊得形似,以偽混眞,誘惑一時,譾學者流耳。河南温縣陳家溝,陳氏嫡傳之太極拳,淵源正宗,代著奇績,一脈纘紹,愈研愈進;此為當世留心國術者,所槪知。其嗣有陳君復生績甫者:早負大小阮拳擘並齊之目,客歲諸友延之來平,宣揚國術,各界人士,往學爭先,凡受其教者,因材力高下,時期長短,雖參差未齊,要已頗能約略有所會悟,窺得一體,而眞正之拳學上乘,至斯始見。績甫為便初學,手編太極拳學入門總解一册,內分七十四節,逐一說明,姿勢及動作,定規氣行竅穴。余閱之,喜其簡明,有裨學者爰弁數語。聊為導言。至於詳細講解此拳眞締,另有專編待刋,他日出而共世,則拳學針航,胥於是在,企余望之。 中華民國十九年八月古温敬莊李慶臨識於津門 In recent years, Chinese martial arts have been getting vigorously promoted and boxing studies are … Continue reading

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TAIJI BOXING ACCORDING TO SHI DIAOMEI

– 太極拳譜啚説 A TAIJI BOXING HANDBOOK 施調梅 by Shi Diaomei [published June, 1959] [translation by Paul Brennan, March, 2019] – 一 總説 PART ONE: INTRODUCTION 或問:子曩言:「太極無法,動即是法,」並引易傳曰:「變動不居,周流六虛,上下無常,剛柔相易,不可為典要,唯變㪽適,」今子又作啚説,舉凡一臂之髙低,一步之大小,身向之正隅,莫不斤斤以繩墨相示,不與前義適相反耶?予曰:不然,無法者,乃不變之義,不變者:太極之「體」也,動者,變也,變者:太極之「用」也,法本無法,故始雖有法而終於無法,「不可為典要」者:不可抱泥於繩墨而不知變也,故曰:「唯變㪽適,」是以手之㪽指,足之㪽蹈,身之㪽向,必先合於繩墨而後繩墨可廢,㪽謂「由著熟而後懂勁,」著―繩墨也,懂勁―則可不拘繩墨矣,故曰:「變動不居,周流六虛,」無往而不從心㪽欲矣,是與前義並不相反而實相成,且太極拳之拳架,以節節貫串,刻刻變化為苐一義,故其動也,曲中求直,如環之無端,泯斷續之跡,其變也,由漸而微,如白雲之為蒼狗,斯須無變化之痕,是安得以繩墨可求耶?故是啚之作乃不得已為初學入門引路之需,閱是啚者,當如視空中飛鳥,水上作畫然,祇可以會於心,而不可泥於跡,則庶幾可得筌蹄之用而無刻舟求劍之誚矣。 然則著如何而能熟耶?曰:在初學,每學一勢,或一名式,必反覆繼續練習,至純熟而後再加一手或一式,如是雖全套名目數十式,亦不難式式皆綿密周到,貫串一氣也,㪽謂日計不足,月計有餘矣,若練完全套,每日兩遍,能使純熟,三遍能增功夫,若每日一遍,僅不忘而已。 至於換氣轉勁工夫:如攬雀尾一式,有掤捋擠按四法之勁,由上掤向前之勁,一換氣而變為下捋向後之勁,再換氣而變為前擠之勁,更換氣而變鬆化下按之勁,一式一勢,一開一合,交接之間,換式換勢,換勢換法,換法換意,由換意而換氣,由換氣而換勁,此種變換之中,內部之意氣運用,與外部之四肢開合,有密切關係,譜云:意氣須換得靈,乃有圓活之趣,又云:勁以曲蓄而有餘等,諸如此類,指示綦詳,學者務照譜中㪽示細心體驗,善自存養增長,但勿有絲毫做作,一切純任自然,則無氣喘身搖之病,迨至功夫漸純,手足日漸輕靈,腰腿日漸柔順,掌心足底日漸盈滿,精神充足,發聲洪亮,耐飢耐寒,耐勞耐久,皆可證驗得之。 專練拳架,是為築基,工夫之深淺,全視築基之是否合乎理法,此乃練體脩己之事也,既得其體,須兼達其用,始成名家,用―運用變化之謂,㪽謂體不離用,用不離體,一切學問藝術,莫不皆然,故練拳外,須兼學推手,更進而練散手,則拳術之能事畢矣,然而欲完成此一大段工夫,非有十年以上之勤習苦練,難望有成,是故學者如牛毛,成名者則代不數人,此無他,蓋堅忍有恆者,實不可多得耳。 Someone once asked me: “A previous master [Chen Weiming, in his 1925 … Continue reading

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THE INSIGHTS OF WU GONGZAO

– 太極拳講義 TAIJI BOXING EXPLAINED 著作者 吳公藻 by Wu Gongzao 校正者 吳公儀 text proofread by Wu Gongyi [published by the 湖南國術訓練所 Hunan Martial Arts Training Institute, June, 1935] [translation by Paul Brennan, Dec, 2018] – 吳公藻編 by Wu Gongzao: 太極拳講義 Taiji Boxing … Continue reading

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TAIJI BOXING ACCORDING TO XU ZHIYI

– 太極拳(吳鑑泉式) TAIJI BOXING (WU JIANQUAN STYLE) 徐致一編著 by Xu Zhiyi [published July, 1958] [translation by Paul Brennan, July, 2018] – 目錄 CONTENTS 第一章 太極拳的優點 Chapter One: The Merits of Taiji Boxing 第二章 太極拳在行功時的心理作用 Chapter Two: Psychological Function in the Practice of … Continue reading

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THE TAIJI MANUAL OF LONG ZIXIANG

– 太極拳學 A STUDY OF TAIJI BOXING 龍子祥 by Long Zixiang [published Jan, 1952] [translation by Paul Brennan, March, 2018] – 龍子祥先生著 by Long Zixiang: 太極拳學 A Study of Taiji Boxing 謝伯昌題 – calligraphy by Xie Bochang – 龍子祥先生大作太極拳學付梓奉題 in … Continue reading

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TAIJI BOXING ACCORDING TO TIAN ZHENFENG

– 太極拳講義 TAIJI BOXING EXPLAINED 田鎮峰 by Tian Zhenfeng [1931] [translation by Paul Brennan, Jan, 2018] – 編者例言 田鎭峯 AUTHOR’S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS 一,是書以闡揚國術,溶化門派為主旨,其虛誕之說,盡皆删去,因編時倉卒,未遑校正,疎漏之虞,槪所難免,故定名曰,太極拳講義草本,擬從事審核,再為出版, – The purpose of this book is to promote martial arts and melt away bias between styles. All … Continue reading

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TAIJI WRITINGS FROM THE SHANGHAI YMCA

– 青年會太極拳班週年特刋 THE YMCA TAIJI BOXING CLUB’S ANNIVERSARY BOOK 民國十八年十二月 上海靑年會太極拳班贈 A Present from the Shanghai YMCA Taiji Boxing Club, Dec, 1929 [translation by Paul Brennan, Xmas, 2017] – 青年會太極拳班週年特刋 The YMCA Taiji Boxing Club’s Anniversary Book 姜乾題 – calligraphy by … Continue reading

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