Robert Amacker, jehož předchozí překlad klasiků Taiji „The Essence of T’ai Chi Ch’uan“ (s Lo, Inn a Foe) je nyní považován za klasiku, ve své knize popisuje základní a definitivní dovednost umění Taiji, tzv. civilní aspekt, způsobem, o který se nikdo před tím nepokusil. Kniha obsahuje kolem 200 černobílých ručně kreslených ilustrací od Vlasty Pechové.
Tato kniha byla poprvé vydána v anglickém jazyce v Moskvě nakladatelstvím Synergia transfiguration art studio v limitovaném počtu 100 výtisků.
Další anglické vydání této knihy je dostupné od března 2014 jako e-kniha na Amazon.com.
With the introduction of an entirely new terminology to describe t’ui-shou interactions, and an unflinching castigation of current “sumo-like” definitions of t’ui-shou, this is sure to become a controversial and seminal work. Mr. Amacker seeks nothing less than to offer a theory that is, not merely useful to, but definitive of T’ai Chi Ch’uan practice. Robert Amacker, whose previous translation of the Classics of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, The Essence of T’ai Chi Ch’uan (with Lo, Inn, and Foe), is now considered a classic in its own right, here tackles the most fundamental and definitive skill of the art, its so-called civil aspect, in a way that has never been before attempted. With painstaking mathematical precision, he explores the true meaning of the Classic: “In a myriad of changes, there is only one principle.”
These are the guidelines for the construction of mutual “t’ai chis” between practitioners in the context of t’ui-shou, or hand pushing. These mutually constructed t’ai chis exist in three scalar dimensions, and represent an attempt to balance the opponent’s force in all three (vector) dimensions of physical space. This is the key to the connection between the t’ai chi (yin-yang) principle and the “eight trigram postures” that are depicted in the symbol for T’ai Chi Ch’uan. With little regard, as he himself states, to the training and conditioning necessary to produce a satisfactory result, he goes directly to exactly what practitioners of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, if unrestricted by any personal physical limitations, should ideally be doing.
Notwithstanding the implications of the title, this “theory” is the day-to-day practice of Mr. Amacker’s White Crow School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in Moscow, Russia. A professional teacher of T’ai Chi Ch’uan for over forty-five years, he has administered his Moscow school for the last fifteen. The practical implementation of these theoretical ideas has there produced the most sophisticated and unmistakably classical practice of T’ai Chi Ch’uan’s most advanced exercises, Ta Lu and Sanshou, to be found on the planet.
An ambitious work by a master of his craft. Profusely illustrated by Vlasta Pechova.
This book was first published in January 2013 in English language by Synergia transfiguration art studio in Moscow. Second edition is available from March 2014 on Amazon.com as an e-book.