This is the most comprehensive book in English dealing with tai chi's exotic "thirteen sword" form. The author reviews the history, fundamentals and applications of this form, and presents illustrations of famous masters demonstrating tai chi sword techniques.
Stuart Alve Olson is a teacher, translator, and writer on Taoist philosophy, health, and internal arts. He has studied and practiced Taoism and Chinese Buddhism for more than forty years. In 2010, he co-founded Valley Spirit Arts with Patrick Gross to publish his books and DVDs and is the head teacher at the Sanctuary of Tao in Phoenix, Arizona, where he focuses on translating various Taoist texts, conducting lectures, leading retreats, and teaching.
Stuart has published more than thirty books, many of which now appear in several foreign-language editions. He has made numerous book signings, appeared on many TV and radio talk shows throughout the United States, written several articles for martial art and Taoist magazines, and has taught Taoism and Taijiquan in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Canada, and Italy.