Yang Taiji- the untold story- $29.95
This book is published by Chi Kung International and it is in its second publishing. In it, Jason Tsou and his disciple, Art Schonfeld discuss part of his methodology for learning and training Yang Style Taiji. Much of Sifu Tsou's back ground in Taiji derives from Yang Ban Hou and Yang Shao Ho, the uncle and older brother of Yang Cheng Fu respectively. They use the subtitle- "the untold story" because it is their feeling that Yang Cheng Fu either omitted or withheld much of the substance of Yang Style in the form that it comes down to us today.
In this book they explain that Taiji involves the balancing of yin and yang energy and that as a martial art our objective is to balance the energy of our opponent in order to neutralize his attack. They focus upon the 24 short form as a starting point for their discussion but stress the importance of learning stances and understanding the historical influence of long fist as well as Chinese metaphysical thinking on the style as it has evolved. The book includes a discussion of the metaphysical thinking that includes the use of Taiji as a stage in the cyclical progression of the universe. Yang Style Taiji as taught by Sifu Tsou can be viewed as a progression from ball to bowl. The Qi is formed as a ball and is then compressed, twisted and stretched into a bowl as the practitioner transitions from Ting (listening energy through Hwa (diverting energy) to Na (controlling energy and finally Fa (power issuing). A Taiji Qigong, (Ball and Bowl training) as well as the Eight Long fist stances ( present in Yang Taiji) are presented as building blocks for the development of proper body structure and Taiji flavor. The book also includes a detailed set of photographs in which Sifu Tsou details both postures and transitions as he demonstrates the 24 short form.
We have further plans to publish two more volumes dealing with Yang Style Taiji as well as a project dealing with Chen Style Taiji.
(2 DVD set)
Random Circles -Tai chi push hands- $39.95
Tai Chi Chi Kung- Harmony in Transition- $19.95
Chin Na - take control of energy- (book & 2 DVDs)
Many people make the erroneous assumption that Chin na confines itself to locks and holds. While this is a by product of an understanding of Chin-na, Sifu Tsou explains in this recount of a seminar that he presented that Chin-na is actually a method whereby a skilled practitoner can control energy. The energy controlled is not just limited to one's opponent. It includes not only the opponent's energy, but the practitoner's energy and the ambient energy that exists within a given environment.
Understood in this way, Chin na is not a practice exclusive to serious fighting. It becomes a way of understanding forms and movement (including Taiji Forms) as well as a method that can be employed safely during competitive sparring. Anyone interested in martial arts can deepen their understanding from use of the principles employed in this book. Sifu Tsou has structured the information in such a way as to make it useful for all practitioners of martial arts regardless of their present level.
The five major techniques of Chin-na, Jie Mai,(interrupting qi flow in the extremities) Bi Qi (interrupting Qi flow in the torso), Fen Jing,( separating tendons) Cuo Gu (destroying skeletal structure) and Dim Mak (pressure points alomng the meridian lines) are all discussed and examined in terms of the underlying principle of controlling energy. Instead of memorizing a number of detailed techniques, Sifu Tsou explains to his students how to utilize certain principles that will enable the student to recognize opportunities as they present themselves during a sparring situation.
5 Element Chi Kung $19.95
12 Meridian Chi Kung $19.95
18 Lohan (2 DVD set) $ 39.95