Taijiquan is one of the most popular martial arts in China today. It is practised both as a competitive sport and as an exercise to strengthen the mind and body. Taijiquan is an easy-to-use, fully-illustrated guide to the historical background, practical application, underlying principles and techniques of Taijiquan. Written by one of China's most prominent teachers of Taijiquan, this book is an excellent introduction to a martial art that improves balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle strength and cardiovascular health. Taijiquan describes five forms in which Taijiquan is practised today: the 81-Step Taijiquan, the Simplified 24-Step Taijiquan, the Competition 42-Step Taijiquan, the Competition 42-Step Taiji Sword, and the 32-Step Taiji Sword. Each form is explained with instructive photographs, a numerical reference system for each exercise, and a DVD is also included, making it an excellent resource for students of martial arts, experienced practitioners or anyone interested in learning about Taijiquan.
Professor Li Deyin has achieved an international following rooted in his family's commitment, stretching over 100 years, to popularizing martial arts. He taught at Beijing's Renmin University for 40 years and has been named one of the Top 100 Chinese Martial Arts Masters. He is both a qualified judge of martial arts at the international level and a renowned national-level physical education instructor in China. He currently acts as vice-chairman of the Beijing Wushu Association.