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Chen Style Books

Chen Style Taijiquan - By Grandmasters Feng Zhiqiang and Chen Xiaowang two luminaries of the Chen style community. It is one of the few books on Chen Style application (how Tai Chi is used in actual combat). Provides a step by step review of the martial applications of the two main Chen routines. Content includes: (a) The Origin, Evolution and Development of Shadow Boxing, (b) Illustrations of the Attack-Defense Art in Series I and II of Chen-Style Taijiquan, (c) Diagrams of the Attack-Defense Art in Series I of the Chen- Style Taijiquan, (d) Diagrams of the Attack-Defense Art in Series II of the Chen-Style Taijiquan, (e) Profiles of Chen Fake, Feng Zhiqiang and Chen Xiaowing

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Advanced Tai Chi Books

The Dao of Taijiquan: Way to Rejuvenation - by Master Tsung H. Jou (founder and host of the "Tai Chi Farm"). Master Jou was especially accomplished at Tai Chi sparring He intended this to be his definitive text on the subject. Includes information on history, jing power and applications.

Tai Chi Chuan - By Marshall Ho. Marshall Ho has been called the father of American Tai Chi Chuan. This book with a related video.

T'ai Chi Classics by Waysun Liao - A handy root reference on jing, chi and other basic principles of Tai Chi for both the beginner and the advanced players.

108 Insights into Tai Chi Chuan A String of Pearls - By Michael Gilman. If your practice has reached a plateau, this book is what you need to shake you out of it.

Compact Tai Chi Combined Forms for Practice in Limited Space - By Jesse Tsao

The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan: A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Practice - By Kiew Kit Wong. Provides solid, logical descriptions of the mechanics and philosophies involved in Tai Chi. also includes a thorough overview of the various styles of Tai Chi.

Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain: The Essence of Tai Ji - by Al Chung-Liang Huang and Chungliang Al Huang. A generally well regarded book about the non-technical aspects of Tai Chi.

The Tao of Yiquan: The Method of Awareness in the Martial Arts (Warriors of Stillness) - By Jan Diepersloot. Yi Quan was developed by Master Wang Xiang Zhai, one of the top Hsing-I Chuan lineage disciples of Master Guo Yun-Shen.

T'ai Chi Fundamentals: For Health Professionals and Instructors - By Tricia Yu of T'ai Chi Center in Madison, Wisconsin and Jill Johnson

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Books for Tai Chi Beginners

T'ai Chi for Beginners 10 Minutes to Health and Fitness - By Claire Hooton. Use this book in conjunction with the related videos by the same author. See Tai Chi Videos.

Complete Book of T'ai Chi - By Stewart McFarlane and Mew Hong Tan. Excellent and easy to follow photography.

Beginning T'Ai Chi - Yang 24 style with good illustrations that show the flow of chi. By Tri Thong Dang

The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & QiGong by Bill Douglas and Richard Yennie

Step-By-Step Tai Chi - By Lam Kam Chuen. Explains philosophy of Tai Chi, warming movements, working with a partner. Master Lam Kam Chuen teaches "Small Circle Form Tai Chi", an original form he developed based on classical Tai Chi styles

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Wu Style and Goverment Style

Complete Tai-Chi: The Definitive Guide to Physical & Emotional Self-Improvement - Short version of Wu style Tai Chi by Alfred Huang.

New-Style Tai Chi Ch'Uan: The Offical Chinese System - By Wei Yue Sun and Xiao Jing Li. Ever wanted to know more about the "official" government sanctioned forms? Here they are.

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Yang Style Books

Handbook of T'Ai Chi Ch'Uan Exercises - By Zhang Fuxing. Includes 600 illustrations showing yang style short form, long form and pushing hands.

Tai Chi Chuan : 24 and 48 Postures With Martial Applications - By Shou-Yu Lian. A technical reference guide for Yang practioners. Contains very helpful guidelines for the experienced student. The book is good enough so it might even be possible to learn Tai Chi from it without a teacher.

Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan - A must for every Yang practitioner. The the first English translation of Fu Zhongwen's famous handbook. Fu Zhongwen was a senior student of Yang Chengfu. Includes new translations of the five core Taiji Classics.

Tai Chi Chuan Martial Applications - Yang style application by Master Jwing-Ming Yang of Boston. A perfect intermediary book to buy after you have learned the form and want to start envisioning the martial applications of each of each move.

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Cheng Man-Ching Books

There Are No Secrets: Professor Cheng Man-Ch'Ing and His Tai Chi Chuan - By Wolfe Lowenthal. Pearls of wisdom from Professor Cheng Man-ching. Every time you read it, you will always find something new, something that you didn't see before. You will want to read some chapters over and over again. It's simplicity and informal style makes it easy to follow. The author recants his experiences as a student of Cheng Man-Ching. Overflowing with information and guidance on Tai Chi Chuan, Push hands and internal energy. Many short self-contained and brief chapters.

The Tai Chi Book: Refining and Enjoying a Lifetime of Practice (Ymaa Book Series, 32.) - by Robert Chuckrow and James C. O'Leary (Editor) - Perceptive insight to wide ranging aspects of Tai Chi. Robert Chuckrow is a physics Ph.D. as well as a Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi instructor and is able to present Tai Chi Chuan in a manner accessible to Westerners. He comes across as just just another Tai Chi player sharing his experiences. "...well-balanced, down-to-earth, and complete." What's most worthwhile in the book are the detailed descriptions of difficult and not always intuitive terms and concepts, including alignment, breathing, eating, chi, learning Tai Chi, push hands, stances, stretching, the Cheng Man Ching form, and warming up. Has answers to the questions you always wanted to ask... but never did.

Tai Chi Chuan; A Simplified Method of Calisthenics for Health, - The original classic text by Cheng Man-Ching.

Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'Ai Chi Ch'Uan - Translation of a great Tai Chi Classic by Cheng Man-ch'ing

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Tai Chi Martial Applications

Taiji Chin Na: The Seizing Art of Taijiquan - by Jwing-Ming Yang. Uses over 700 photos to show the use of Tai Chi joint locks.

Tai Chi Theory & Martial Power - By Jwing-Ming Yang. Master Jwing-Ming Yang of Boston covers all aspects of Yang style application in depth, including punching, kicking, wrestling, and chin-na. (I really like the cover piccture)

Lost Tai'-Chi Classics from the Late Ch'Ing Dynasty - by Douglas Wile

Tai Chi Secrets of the Ancient Masters : Selected Readings With Commentary - by Master Jwing-Ming Yang

Analysis of Shaolin Chin Na: Instructor's Manual for All Martial Styles - Chi Na for Tai Chi instructors by Jwing-Ming Yang.

(1) Applied Tai Chi Chuan, (2) Tai Chi Chuan Form to Function, (3) Searching for the Way - A series of books all with an emphasis on the martial applications of Tai Chi. Written by Nigel Sutton who was trained in Cheng man Ching Tai Chi. Books listed in recommended order of reading.

(1) Dim-Mak: Death Point Striking, (2) Advanced Dim-Mak, (3) Encyclopedia of Dim-Mak: The Main Meridans, (4) The Encyclopedia of Dim-Mak: Extra Meridians and Points - By Erle Montaigue Listed in recommended order of reading. An interview with Erle Montaigue

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Other Books

The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship: The Manual of Taiji Jian - by Zhang Yun. Ever wonder about the martial applications of the jianpao (the tassel) of the double edged Taiji sword... It has several... and the jianpao affects proper Taiji sword form. The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship has this information and everything else you could ever want to know about Taiji swordsmanship. If you practice a sword form this one is a necessity.

How to Grasp the Birds Tail If You Don't Speak Chinese: If You Don't Speak Chinese - by Jane Schorre and Margaret Chang (Illustrator). Provides fundamental information and meanings on the basic postures. Light hearted but substantive and informative.

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T.T. Liang Books

Steal My Art: The Life and Times of T'ai Chi Master, T.T. Liang - by Stuart Alve Olson Part 1 is about his personal and martial life (a career as a high-ranking government official, street fights and shootouts, opium dens and prostitutes, mystical martial arts masters and monks). Part 2 is about his insights and contributions to Tai Chi forms (the 150 posture form, and the 78 posture two-person form). Part 3 is devoted to his well known humorous side. Also includes Liang's personal insights on other masters with whom he met or studied with, including Chen Man-ch'ing and Yang Cheng Fu.

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Best Picks Books

Chen Pan-ling's Original Tai Chi Chuan Textbook (Tai Chi Chuan Chiao Tsai) by Chen Pen-Ling - Chen Pan-ling was a not only a Tai Chi Master (Yang & Wu Styles) but also practiced Hsingi and Bagua. Robert W. Smith (who was a leader in bringing the internal martial arts to the West) referred to Chen Pan-ling as one of the best Tai Chi masters of his time.

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Tai Chi Weapons (sword, saber, staff, spear, fan)

The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship: The Manual of Taiji Jian - by Zhang Yun. Ever wonder about the martial applications of the jianpao (the tassel) of the double edged Taiji sword... It has several... and the jianpao affects proper Taiji sword form. The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship has this information and everything else you could ever want to know about Taiji swordsmanship. Includes specific info about the 32 posture Wu form with pictures and detailed explanations... but the book is applicable to all styles of Tai Chi sword. If you practice a sword form this one is a necessity.

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The Tai Chi Classics

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu (translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English). Perhaps something more than a classic. Lao Tzu's work was writen in the Warring States period (475-221 B.C.) There are over fifty English translations of the Tao Te Ching. This one is our favorite and in our opinion, the best one for Tai Chi Players. A must read for serious players interested in a look into the heart of Tai Chi practice.

T'Ai Chi Ch'Uan for Health and Self-defense: Philosophy and Practice - by T. T. Liang and Paul B. Gallagher. Personal and insightful commentary from Master Liang, along with excerpts from many other Tai Chi songs and tales from China. It contains an excellent translation of the classics... by a translator that obviously understands the subject being translated.

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Tai Chi's Sister Arts

The Power of Internal Martial Arts: Combat Secrets of Ba Gua, Tai Chi, and Hsing-I - by Bruce Kumar Frantzis of Fairfax, California

Hsing-I : Chinese Internal Boxing - One of the top books on the subject by Robert W. Smith.

Pa-Kua : Eight-Trigram Boxing - One of the top books on the subject by Robert W. Smith.

Fundamentals of Pa Kua Chang - By Park Bok Nam and Dan Miller. Probably the best English book on the subject.

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Push Hands Books

Push Hands: The Handbook for Noncompetitive Tai Chi Practice With a Partner - by Herman Kauz. A private lesson on pushing hands (tuishou) with a partner in a book

Tai Chi for Two: The Practice of Push Hands by Paul Crompton. Instruction in the fundamentals of the soft form of push hands (tuishou). Also lays the groundwork for learning the fighting style of push hands.

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Chin Na (Qinna) Books

Taiji Chin NA: The Seizing Art of Taijiquan (Chinese Internal Martial Arts) - by Jwing-Ming Yang and James O'Leary. Uses over 500 photos to describe Tai Chi Chin NA technique. Includes information about and explains Peng, Lu, Ji, An, Cai, Lie, Zhou, Kao, Cavity Press, as well as Chin NA in pushing hands.

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Books on Pressure Points and Dim Mak

Dim-Mak: Death Point Striking - by Erle Montaigue. Dim-mak is a system of strikes to vital acupuncture points. Teaches martial and healing applications of the most dangerous points, plus setup points, multiple point strikes and neurological shutdown points. Also provides information on QiGong and applying specific taiji postures and sequences for treating specific ailments.

Ultimate Dim-Mak: How To Fight A Grappler And Win - by Erle Montaigue. How to counter the moves favored by no-holds-barred grapplers and how to counter them... before the grappler takes you to the ground. And what to do once you find yourself on the ground with a grappler.

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Shou-Yu Liang Books

Tai Chi Chuan: 24 and 48 Postures With Martial Applications - By Shou-Yu Lian, one of China's top-ranked Tai Chi coaches. A technical reference guide for Yang practitioners. Contains very helpful guidelines for the experienced student. Each posture is photographed and explained. When a view from one angle is insufficient, the author supplements it with a photograph from a second angle. The book is good enough so it might even be possible to learn Tai Chi from it without a teacher.

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Arthritis & Back Pain

Overcoming Arthritis: How to Relieve Pain and Restore Mobility Through a Unique Tai Chi Program by Paul Lam and Judith Horstman

Back Pain: Chinese Qigong for Healing & Prevention - by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. Gentle exercises and massage techniques to ease lower back pain, strengthen your torso, prevent future back problems. 196 photos & illustrations.

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