Nei Jia Quan Internal Martial Arts by Jess O'Brien

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  • COLLECTIVELY KNOWN AS THE Nei lia Quan, the internal martial arts of China are practiced by enthusiasts the world over.


Binding Paperback
Publisher North Atlantic Books,U.S.
Country of Origin USA
Number of Pages 326
Pubilcation Date 2004
Condition New

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  • by Jess O'Brien
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Nei Jia Quan Description

In this illuminating book, prominent masters offer an informed, inside view of the Chinese internal martial arts known collectively as &;nei jia quan&;&;those practices that emphasize awareness of the spirit, mind, qi (breath, or energy flow), and the use of relaxed leverage rather than brute force. Drawing from enduring traditions practiced in China, America, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Taiwan, Nei Jia Quan features a wide range of perspectives on tai ji, xing yi, ba gua, and others. Each teacher gives a sense of the history of his or her art, its philosophical and spiritual underpinnings, and training techniques, offering students simple strategies for incorporating a variety of approaches into their own studies. Probing questions elicit thoughtful answers throughout, giving the book the feeling of a personal conversation with the master. Authoritative biographies and photographs both recent and historical provide additional insight into teachings of instructors such as Gabriel Chin, Tim Cartmell, Paul Gale, Fong Ha, Luo De Xiu, Allen Pittman, William Lewis, Tony Yang, Zhao Da Yuan, Bruce Frantzis, and others. This revised, completely updated edition profiles four new teachers, with new photographs and artwork included.


'On the Back' of Nei Jia Quan

"In Chinese internal martial arts it's always said that heaven and the human being must become one, so that everything comes together." — Luo De Xiu
COLLECTIVELY KNOWN AS THE Nei lia Quan, the internal martial arts of China are practiced by enthusiasts the world over. Thirteen teachers of Tai Ji Quan, Xing Yi Quan, and Ba Gua Zhang all present their perspectives on the philosophy, history, training methods, and fighting techniques that make up these unique martial arts systems.

Interviews with Tim Cartmell, Gabriel Chin, Gail Derin-Kellog, Bruce K. Frantzis, Paul Gale, Fong Ha, William Lewis, Luo De Xiu, Allen Pittman, James Wing Woo, Tony Yang, Zhao Da Yuan, and an essay by Albert Liu address such issues as the place of traditional martial arts in modern society, the historical roots of these systems, central training methods, favorite fighting techniques, the role of meditation and qi in the martial arts, as well as advice for getting the most out of one's practice. Hundreds of photographs and illustrations give the reader additional insights into the practice of Tai Ji, Xing Yi, and Ba Gua.

Editor and compiler of this anthology, Jess O'Brien, is an internal martial arts enthusiast based in Oakland, California. He is the Martial Arts Editor at North Atlantic Books.


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