The Complete Book of Yiquan
Release Date:21 Mar 2015

The Complete Book of Yiquan

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon

With detailed photographs and clear instruction for practice, this is the first book comprehensively to cover the history, development and training methods of this rarely taught esoteric internal martial art. The deceptively simple postures and movements of Yiquan are highly effective for achieving results for both health and combat, making it very appealing to martial artists, and Master Tang here reveals the secrets of a martial art still surrounded in mystery. He also provides a history of the origins and lineage of the Yiquan tradition, as well as detailed information on the stances and movements, weapons, and programs, grading and teaching.

This complete guide to Yiquan will be essential for anyone interested in Yiquan or oriental martial and internal arts more generally.

This book is clearly the fruit of many decades of intensive research and practice under the old generation of Yi Chuan masters. It gives very lucid, detailed descriptions of the entire training system, as well as revealing the previously hidden theories and training concepts which give this system the essence it is famous for. Extensive photos of both the author and many old masters bring the text to life. This work is a remarkable achievement in the field of Chinese martial arts. – Alex Kozma, author of Warrior Guards the Mountain: The Internal Martial Traditions of China, Japan and South East Asia
Master C S Tang is a senior Xingyi Quan, Bagua Quan and Yi Quan expert and researcher from Hong Kong, known for the depth of his knowledge and his skill in the internal systems. He studied Xingyi Quan with several Masters of the older generation, and has made a special study of collecting and researching the ancient training manuals of various Chinese martial arts systems. He lives in Hong Kong and is the author of The Mysterious Power of Xingyi Quan, also published by Singing Dragon.
Acknowledgements. Disclaimer. Foreword. Introduction. 1. History of Yiquan. 1.1. Origin. 1.2. Development. 1.3. Establishments. 1.4. Anecdote of Wang. 1.5. Bruce Lee and Yiquan. 2. My way of Yiquan. 3. Wang's valuable words. 4. System and Theories. 5. Quick Start – Liang's 3 Treasures. 5.1. Stance. 5.2. Dun Yao. 5.3. Tuo Yao and Cuo Yao. 5.4. Prostration. 6. Zhan Zhang - Static Stances. 6.1. Before practice. 6.2. Postures. 6.3. Effects. 7. Shi Li – Test Strength. 7.1. Test Strength Format. 7.2. 10 Combat Test Strength. 8. Mo Ca Bu – Footwork. 9. Fa Li – Emit Strength. 9.1. Fixed step Emit Strength. 9.2. Moving step Emit Strength. 10. Fa Sheng – Emit Sound. 11. Tui Shou - Push Hand. 12. Shan Cao – Punch. 13. Duan Shou – Combat free sparring. 14. Advanced Techniques. 14.1. Advanced Stances. 14.2. Big Step Stances. 14.3. Fist Stances. 15. Fist Dance. 16. Yiquan Weapons. 17. Special Features. 18. Arranging Programs and Grading. 19. Conclusion.
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