Dragon Door Publications recently sent me a manuscript of a new title they will be publishing in January. It is the second in their Chen Kung series as translated by Stuart Olsen and is called The Intrinsic Energies of Ta'i Ch'i Ch'uan. I mention it here because I was very impressed with the manuscript and I predict that this will be one of the most important works on T'ai Ch'i Ch'uan yet to be published in English. Since the energies of T'ai Ch'i are, in most cases, closely related to those of Xing Yi and Ba Gua, the information is also very applicable to practitioners of all the main internal styles. While the text itself is enlightening, the real pearls of knowledge contained in this book are to be found in Stuart's commentary and footnotes. His insightful analogies and his addition of T'ai Ch'i stories emphasize and embellish the pertinent points of the text and will make the material in this book clear to the Western reader and additionally make the book easier to read for the martial arts novice. I was especially happy to see that Stuart was able to masterfully take concepts and ideas which are typically mystified by most practitioners and present them in a clear, direct manner. Those who have an interest in this book can contact Dragon Door by writing to: P.O. Box 4381, St. Paul, MN 55104.
Since readers frequently call to ask what we will be producing in the future, I will let you know that we have finished filming a new video on Li Zi Ming's Ba Gua by Vince Black and should have it ready later this year. Next year we will also be publishing Volume II of The Fundamentals of Pa Kua Chang by Park Bok Nam. Like the first volume, this new book will also be accompanied by an instructional video or two. This book and video companion will be similar in format to the first and will show all of the intermediate level exercises which follow those which appear in the first book.
Additionally, we will be publishing a very comprehensive book on throwing techniques by Tim Cartmell. This book will also have a companion video. Tim's knowledge of throwing and his skill at applying throwing technique is quite comprehensive and he has done a magnificent job explaining the subtleties of these techniques. We also have translators working on Sun Lu Tang's Tai Ji book and Wu Meng Xia's Tai Ji book. Tim Cartmell, who is translating Sun Lu Tang's book, just recently spent several weeks in Beijing learning the system from Sun Lu Tang's daughter and will be adding extensive footnotes to the translation based on his study with Sun Jian Yun.
On the Cover
Ba Gua Zhang instructor Li Zi Ming (1900-1992) executes "piercing palm" in front of Dong Hai Chuan's tomb.
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