North Atlantic Books, 1996 $16.95 (See
Our "Hurt Books" for a discount)
Available through Plum Publications: yes
we should say that we love the Tan Tui (Spring Leg) form.
Moslem in origin it has been a fundamental form teaching basics
and good habits for hundreds of years. There is a saying in
Wushu that "If your Tan Tui is good then your Kung Fu is good."
Hence our disappointment that this book by Simmone Kuo is
so scattered and "patched together".
section on Tan Tui (instruction and pictures) occupies about
a third of the book. The photos demonstrating the set are
far too small to be practical and there are too few of them.
Then explanation for each of the ten roads is pushed together
into a tightly squeezed paragraph sometimes lasting more than
a page. The functions of the movements, the usage, is never
addressed and the history is slight. In some ways this text
takes on the look of a "club book" very common in
Chinese martial circles where there's just enough information
to be almost a kind of propaganda text extolling the teacher
and hinting at the treasures but only really understandable
to members of the club. Other interesting aspects: Chinese
Philosophy and Martial Arts, Warm ups, Universal Post standing
are mentioned but not with enough depth to justify the slight
treating of the main subject. Should you buy this book? If
you need and want a reference on Tan Tui it is one of the
few so the answer is evident. Not a primary book for the library
though. Perhaps next time. . .
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