Taijiquan, Martial Power and Andrew Townsend’s Fine Books

Principles and Practice of Taijiquan: Martial ApplicationsSome business problems are ones you want to have: too much good stuff coming in at one time; too many customers ordering; too much media attention.

The six new books we have just added from Andrew Townsend present a different (good) problem: although he is essentially teaching and writing about Taijiquan, these volumes cross categories, making them difficult to catalogue.

Take, for instance, Sources and Applications of Internal Power. If you examine the Table of Contents you’ll see that it is a topic near and dear to any traditional martial artist, not just a Taijiquan player. Even his book on Auxiliary Training in Taijiquan is as much of a study in Qigong as it is for Taijiquan (see Table of Contents here). As a matter of fact, we were so impressed by the breadth and depth of his material, that we decided to reprint the Tables of Contents for each book for the curious to explore.

Each volume averages about 400 pages, and Townsend suggests reading one chapter a week, almost as though taking a course. They are well-illustrated and well-written, clearly coming from a person who has spent decades in the art and has the ability to translate that experience into words and thoughts.

Titles in the series: 3 volumes from his Principles and Practice of Taijiquan (Auxiliary Training, Pushing Hands and Martial Applications); The Art of Taijiquan: An Examination of Five Family Styles; Cultivating the Civil and Mastering the Martial: The Yin and Yang of Taijiquan; and Sources and Applications of Internal Power.







Learn more about these great books and special Plumpub prices HERE, or click any image.

And, as a special treat, Andrew has allowed us to reprint an excerpt from his introduction to “The Art of Taijiquan: An Examination of Five Family Styles” (see post below this one).


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