A Trilogy Of Meditative Traditions In The Chinese Martial Arts

By Marci Glover

Warrior of stillness comes in three volumes each covering the three internal or meditative traditions used by the Chinese martial artists. The meditative traditions in the Chinese martial arts are described by author, Sifu Jan, a seasoned private instructor from California. He describes the physical and mental aspects of this tradition and how they are used to achieve perfection.

The reader feels an instant effect upon reading the description provided. The author has a careful combination of practical suggestions, theories and anecdotes that make the book interesting to read. It also is rich in providing a historical perspective so that readers can appreciate and understand the concepts. They make it easy to achieve depth through understanding.

Wuji is a crucial part off successful meditation. It forms the center of the body and acts as the pole in a human being. Its incorporation into the Taiji traditions has led to incredible awareness of personal strength. The description makes the concept of cylinders and Taiji sphere easy to understand for readers.

The author insists that the central point for each individual should be the Wuji. Everything else springs from this point. Students can easily relate to this description considering that a standing posture is the genesis of any artistic expression. Both hands are placed side by side to achieve balance.

The description given by Sifu Jan creates a greater awareness of the internal body mechanic. With such awareness, a person can easily control his balance. Awareness about the central point helps to improve the form. It takes the combination of a mental and physical theory to achieve renewed form.

The exercises described in the volumes are both regulative and calculative of inner energy. They assist Tai chi moves in reducing and regulating blood pressure. The exercises enable a person to remain energetic and are good for the heart. Some cardiologists have recommended it.

The experiences of senior masters shared through the pages are incredible. The book is useful to persons who have been concentrating on soft art and would like to cross over. Some of the moves discussed by the masters include Qigong standing meditation and the Grasp bird tail. The latter is achieved through motion.

The instructions and descriptions given by Sifu wake the title useful to amateurs and seasoned artists alike. It has a simplistic guide on how the skills are developed. A lot of emphasis is put on consistency during practice and the simple moves which make a great difference.

The first publication came out in 1995 and majored on Qigong technique. The Tao of Yiquan followed in 1999 as the volume II. The experiences shared come from recording time spent with the masters and taking keen interest in their instructions.

The Masters of Perception closes the chapter on this trilogy and was released in 2013. It goes beyond the power and breadth exhibited by the master studied by Jan Sifu to describe the extraordinary depth and subtleness displayed by this master. The volumes seek to exalt and highlight the powers in stillness. The books are available online at prices that guarantee value for money.

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