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22 April 2014 - 10:10 AM

Thanks to those liking my post :)




Edited because my post is not useful anymore

In Topic: zhan zhuang with no real teacher

21 April 2014 - 09:58 AM

Hi again - I just ordered the German-language book (meaning, I filled out the order form and got an email autoreply telling me that I'll be informed about methods of payment shortly haha).


Thanks again for the tip :)


edit - forgot to mention that I looked at amazon.de and there's a copy for sale for €118!


Hi soaring crane,


Good! I went through the same procedure when I ordered it back in 2010 when the book was first released. Time flies!


€118... I noticed there are often weird prices on amazon. Hope people are not gullible enough to buy a € 37 book at that price..


Please give feedback about the book once you'll get it, I am curious.


Take care

In Topic: zhan zhuang with no real teacher

21 April 2014 - 09:43 AM

I'll have to see if I can leaf through the text on someone else's computer. Mine isn't up to it, and I do need to do that before I buy it. Thank you for telling me so more about the subtleties of the book.


Hi Cheya,


You may need to install Adobe Flash Player on your computer to be able to leaf through the book.


Hope you will be able to see it, and keep us updated ! :)

In Topic: zhan zhuang with no real teacher

20 April 2014 - 01:16 PM

Hi Cheya,


When I bought  and read it for the first time, I was disappointed. I found it wordy, with too much pictures and not diving a lot into technical details. So I mumbled a few things and put it on a shelf. A few months later, I took it up again, and began to read it with an open mind and gave the book a chance.


I realized progressively that what I took for a wordy text, useless pictures and very basic exercises were skillful means to allow me to understand and sense the body posture into zhan zhuang . And it does that in a very tactful way. When you compare with other books about zhan zhuang, they either say next to nothing about that, either fill you with a hazy speech about the energetic secrets of zhan zhuang ( cough, cough) but never talk about the physical aspect of zhan zhuang.


In my view, the major benefit of the book is to prevent people from practicing zhan zhuang in a exterior, mechanical way, helping them bulding a practice based onto an understanding of the body structure, on how this structure can be felt up to a point. And this is a major challenge for beginners.


Of course it can't really replace a teacher, but for a book, it does quite a good job, imho.

The author is a disciple of Lam Kam Chuen and also practices mindfulness within Thich Nhat Hanh's lineage.


I don't know if you browsed a lot the website, but you can leaf through the book here. It may help you see what I mean, and you may also be disappointed at first sight by what you will see.


This is just  my subjective viewpoint :) so take it for what it is. :)


Hope at least that it helps you understand why I recommended the book.




edited for spelling and to add '(cough, cough)' and 'Best'

In Topic: zhan zhuang with no real teacher

20 April 2014 - 07:54 AM

Greytowhite, Thank you. I love the conflicting advice


Hi vivekji108,


This is not necessarily a conflicting advice. It depends on what you are looking for.

I began zhan zhuang without a live teacher, following Lam Kam Chuen's books. After a year, I was feeling good, lot of energy although I was not sleeping a lot, no more colds, no flu etc..

But under a teacher, it is a totally different experience, I mean, it turns out to be real work. 

If you can't have  a teacher, try with the book. As Lam Kam Chuen is advising himself, if you are feeling worse, stop your practice.