Woodstock, New York 1997.
128 pages, $24.95 Hardbound
the most part, everything Herman Kauz says in his new book,
Push Hands, has the ring of truth to it. However, he tends
to wander in directions that make it difficult to know who
his intended audience is. Beginning students are likely to
become bogged down in the political meandering and lose interest
before they have a chance to discover the benefits of non-competitive
practice. More advanced students will question the necessity
for over pontification, and will likely want more in terms
of pracical advice. Furthermore the book contains little information
that would be of value to instructors. SO the question becomes,
who should read this book.
you are a wealthy (the cover price of Push-Hands is $24.95)
dabbler in martial arts, given to the practice of mental masturbation
then this book is for you. You can rise, with a sense of righteous
indignation, to the occassion that a sense of non-competition
is the way to solve the world's problems. You can hear, yet
again, how T'ai Chi Ch'uan will change how you see things.
And for good measure you can also read a brief history of
the Tao Te Ching. Furthermore, you can get a hefty dose of
Herman Kauz's rather large ego, a quality that raises the
question of how competent this author and teacher is to discuss
the nature of non-competition.
section "Main Considerations in Push-Hands" is a
worthwhile reminder of the Classics, but it seems too little
too late, as it begins nearly two thirds of the way through
close is a short chapter called "Training Tips"
which seems to address yet another audience: that of the young
neophyte, who would understand little of what had come before.
Kauz is a knowledgeable practitioner of martial arts and probably
a gifted teacher. In Push-Hands he seems to have written the
beginnings of several books rather than focusing on the subject
the title suggests.