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3 Essential Tai Chi Reads

Posted in Martial Arts, Products, Taijiquan with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2015 by chencenter

Just the other day, I had a student come up to me and ask if there is “Anything I can do or read to help me improve” [in Tai Chi].  Immediately, three books shot to mind (out of several dozen that I’ve read over the years).  The first book that I think anyone with an interest in the art of Taijiquan should acquire and read (and definitely if you’re an instructor of Taijiquan) is Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain by Chungliang, Al-Huang. [click on the image for Amazon.Com link]
Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain

Embrace Tiger Chungliang

Published in November of 1973, it is probably safe to say that North American hadn’t had its influx of Taijiquan influence, however it was this author and masterful teacher, Chungliang, Al-Huang that helped me to form my vision of what I wanted (my personal) Taijiquan to become.  There are many parts to Taijiquan and although everyone will see them differently, Master Al beautifully illustrates what they can grow into, and how you can use the power of Taijiquan to create boundless energy and freedom.

Pros: This book is highly under-rated. Because of this, people are selling used copies for only pennies.

Cons: Many people are interested only in the combative potential of martial arts (even Taijiquan) and will thus will get very little joy from this movement/energy/spirit-based book.

Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power

Taijiquan Book Yang YangPublished in 2008 by one of my early teachers, Master Yang Yang, this book is  more detailed on the science and study of Taijiquan as a martial art and system of mind-body therapy.  If you are looking for a clear explanation how and why Taijiquan practice can benefit you, look no further! Very thorough and well-written, Master Yang Yang gives you the foundation for not only Taijiquan practice but gives you principles that can benefit all martial artists.

Pros: This book encompasses everything that is great in a martial art book. Very easy-to-read, and explains what is (for some) a difficult, and deep subject to breech.  As an indoor disciple to the late Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang, and someone who stands strong to his Master’s teachings, you can feel and can’t help but to get swept up in the feeling that this could have easily been written by the founder of Hunyuan Taijiquan (GM Feng) himself.

Cons: Available only in Hardback, this book comes with a higher price tag of approximately $30-40

Chen Style Taijiquan Practical Method, vol. 1: Theory

Chen Style Practical Method BookThis book, written by Hong Junsheng was translated and published by his disciple, and my primary teacher, Master Chen Zhonghua.  Hong Junsheng, as many of us know, was the most senior disciple of Chen Fake; one of the true legends of all Taijiquan.  Hong spent his lifetime dedicated to the cultivation and perfection of his master’s art, faithfully practicing and passing on his master’s teaching.  If any book can be called a “Masterpiece,” this one should!

Pros: The one and only book diving right to the source of Practical Method theory, a useful resource for any martial artist (particularly those that study Taijiquan).  Although the book can be costly ($39.99 at PracticalMethod.Com), you can get a digital copy for only $20.

Cons: In order to obtain a copy of this book, you’ll have to spend $39.99, which makes this the most expensive book on the list (and it’s not even hardback). Although you’ll be reading a well-translated volume, the read can be a bit tedious; more cerebral in parts.  There are parts of the book that are quite poetic and without a bit of clarification here and there (most likely from Master Chen’s articles, videos and workshops) you might misunderstand certain concepts. Needless-to-say, this book is certainly for all serious practitioners of Taijiquan (particularly the Practical Method).

Well there are certainly some other books that I could add to the list, but these are my TOP 3.  Do you agree with my list?

WHAT BOOKS WOULD MAKE YOUR LIST?

LET US KNOW!

MICHAEL JOYCE

CHENCENTER.COM

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Bring Tai Chi into the New Year

Posted in OFFERS, Products, Taijiquan with tags , , , , , on December 30, 2014 by chencenter

Hunyuan Tai Chi DVDThe art of Taijiquan is a big part of my life.  It has helped me to eradicate my low back pain.  It has helped me become a relaxed and patient jiu-jitsu practitioner.  Taijiquan has certainly helped me to manage stress, and channel these stressors effectively.  In 2010, I remastered my dvd on the Hunyuan 24-Posture form of the late, Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang.

Being December 30th… just a short time till our New Year begins… I’d like to offer this dvd for a low price (U.S. only).  If you are interested, please click on the above image.

(or search “Hunyuan dvd” on Ebay.Com)

Enjoy,

Coach Michael Joyce

ChenCenter.Com

Kubotan Sale – Only the next 72 Hours!

Posted in OFFERS, Products, Self-Defense, Women's Self-Defense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2014 by Combative Corner

shark 72hour saleDear Readers,

It is very seldom that we promote product or make any sort of endorsement.  However, as the designer of the Isurus Keychain (and CombativeCorner founder) I wanted to let you,  my extended martial family, know about this 72 Hour Sale that I started on my online store.

Starting today, June 10th and going till Thursday,… I’ll be selling these babies at a steal [as they normally sell for $12]

You won’t get ripped off in shipping either.  Shipping within the U.S. is only $2  (additional fee for international)

Keep you and your family safe this summer and get something that’s inexpensive, easy to access, and that will last forever!

Email me at outfoxxedprogram@gmail.com if you have any questions.

*Please limit each purchase to 10 per individual.  If you are a group and would like more, please contact me beforehand.

Thank you.

Coach Michael Joyce

World Tai Chi Day | Hunyuan DVD Sale

Posted in Miscellaneous, OFFERS, Products, Training with tags , , , , , , , on March 12, 2014 by chencenter

Hunyuan 24 dvd JoyceWorld Tai Chi and Qigong Day falls on the last Saturday in April; this year April 26th.  In anticipation for this day, I would like to announce a special sale, 75% off of my Hunyuan Tai Chi dvd.  Tai Chi (taijiquan) is such a rewarding, relaxing and fascinating martial art that I’d like to share this dvd with you.

Click on the picture to the left to visit the store. [link]

Description

Included is a short segment on Qigong, as well as slow motion capturing and alternate angles. Shot on location at the beautiful Arboretum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Perfect for beginners-advanced.

This 24-Posture form is the “class form” for Coach Joyce’s classes in taijiquan and provides the essential components of Chen Style Taijiquan. Newly updated and expanded with brand new, high definition footage.

“Coach Joyce’s form is impeccable.”

David-Dorian Ross, “Dr. Tai Chi”

If you have any questions about this dvd or other products, please contact Coach Joyce at chencentershop@gmail.com

Out-Foxxed Is On The Way

Posted in News, Products, Self-Defense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by chencenter

New Self-Defense Book

It has been one of my loftiest goals, and one that will be reached (hopefully) by Winter 2012.  As there are many self-defense books on the market, there isn’t a thorough text on Women’s Self-Defense in particular.  That has been my specialty for some time now and I’m halfway through the writing phase.  Over the summer months I hope to complete and edit- and in the Fall, put the finishing touches on it.

Not only for women, this book (some 250-300 pages) will serve as a resourceful manual for men wishing to train their wives, girlfriends, daughters, etc.

The purpose of this book is to empower women, dispel many of the myths that persist in the self-protection world, and give them the tools to make better decisions regarding their own and their loved one’s safety.

A secondary bonus

resulting from the purchase of this book will be that for every 5 paperback or hardbacks sold, I will give a copy away to someone or some place (i.e. Women’s Shelter, etc) that will benefit.  50% of all digital download sales will go to RAINN.org.

Please keep the following website handy (http://GTSbook.info) and start spreading the word about this upcoming book.

Excerpts will begin within the upcoming months. 

You can also follow the book on Twitter @GTSbook

Michael Joyce

Golden Thread Workshops

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Streetfighting 101 DVD has arrived!

Posted in Products, Self-Defense, Training, Training Equipment with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2012 by hybridfightingmethod

STREETFIGHTING 101 DVD

T.J. Kennedy, founder of the Hybrid Fighting Method does it again with the emergence of his second dvd.  One of the most important aspects regarding the physical side of self-protection is in controlling your opponent using the proper mechanics.  T.J. leads you step-by-step and goes through much more in this amazing dvd.

For a view at the kind of material that T.J. presents, please visit his YouTube Channel.

Watch “Combative Controls”

To purchase your own copy, visit this link: HFM SF101 DVD

If you have any questions, T.J. will be happy to answer the question in the comment section below.

Enjoy!

The Combative Crew

New Self-Defense Book | Summer 2012

Posted in Miscellaneous, News, Products, Self-Defense with tags , , , , , , , on February 23, 2012 by chencenter

It has been 3 years since the release of book one, The ‘Essentials’, a book that I mainly wrote to supplement my workshops and give readers a concise and straight-forward path towards a better understanding of personal self-protection.  Now, I am on a tremendous project; one that I’m very excited to announce here today.  I’ve started a separate web page and twitter account to keep people updated… and to give those interested – the quick news, exerpts and (in the future) ‘specials’ that supporters of this project deserve!

GTSbook.info and on Twitter @GTSbook

As many of you already know, teaching self-defense has been a deep passion for me.  And my work and interaction with this website, The Combative Corner, only fans the flames of that desire to share and to educate others.

Book #1 proved to be a great experience.  One in which I found myself truly enjoying the process of writing.  Once the testimonials came pouring in from friends, colleagues, and professionals in the field (many of which I’ve never met), I became overwhelmed with excitement.  People I’ve read and highly respect like; Tim Cartmell (Effortless Takedowns and Throws), Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (YMAA) and Lee Morrison (Urban Combatives) were now reading me, and enjoying my work! (testimonials)

But “my work” is not even close to finished yet!  And the beauty of all this, is that (although it’s “my work”) it is, in large sense, a shared, a collaborative process.  What forms a great and insightful book, comes from “riding on the back of giants.”  To the many that have inspired, influenced and shown me “the way.. there’s a bit of you in every page.  (You’ll see!)

Join my on this journey by following my tweets @GTSbook and/or keep my new page bookmarked!

MICHAEL JOYCE

Author of The Golden Thread

NOTE

Will be available in Paperback, Hardback, and Digital Download (E-book).  Approx. 250-350 pages in length. 

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