Ch'ang Shih Tai Chi Ch'uan
The Ultimate in Health and Self Defense
by Frank DeMaria
Over the years many styles and systems of Tai Chi have emerged.
Ch'ang Shih Tai
Chi is not a new system, but rather a modification of existing systems. Ch'ang
used his unlimited knowledge of Shuai Chiao to replace or change certain
movements in the Yang Shih system emphasizing its combat purposes.
NOTE: The current edition is sold out. A DVD for the Tai Ji Form and
a DVD for the Hsing Jing Chuan are being prepared.
Ch'ang Shih Tai Chi still retains all the other values of Tai Chi for good health and
longevity. The difference lies in the fact that Ch'ang style stresses a more
complete look at the full potential of Tai Chi Ch'uan for defense.
It was the early 1980's when I asked Master Ch'ang's
permission to teach his style of Tai
Chi Ch'uan and call it by its rightful name, Ch'ang Shih Tai Chi Ch'uan. This was
the birth of Ch'ang's style to the western world.
Up to now no written record has existed on this style of Tai Chi Ch'uan,
as it was only taught to the students of
Master Ch'ang. I am indeed fortunate to have learned this form directly from him,
and was granted permission by him to finally put his form into print.
This book will guide the reader from posture 1 through posture 143 of the Ch'ang style.
There are numerous photographs clearly showing the structure of the Ch'ang Shih
Tai Chi Ch'uan Solo Form.
Also, a chapter explaining the deeper meaning of Wu Chi
and its relationship to Tai Chi has been added. The principles of Liang I are
explained, which give birth to Yin and Yang, the very nature of Tai Chi Ch'uan.
The reader will discover a number of charts and diagrams explaining the evolution
of Wu Hsing, Four Phenomena, the Manifestation of the Elements, and the Cycle of
Transmigration of Life and Death, to name a few.
If you look at a beautiful house
on the top of the hill, you first notice the house, never realizing it is the
hill that supports it. Ch'ang is the hill on which I stand. Without his support
and guidance this book never would have been written.
It is the author's wish that this book will be of some help to those who wish to learn,
and in some way contribute to the world of martial arts.
Ch'ang Shih Tai Chi Ch'uan is a hard cover book. Copyright © 1985 by Frank DeMaria
Printed in Taiwan, The Republic of China.
Ch'ang Tung Sheng's seal is affixed to copies of the first printing of the book.