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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.

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.

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

Chen Style: The Source of Taijiquan - by Davidine Siaw-Voon Sim and David Gaffney. The history and philosophy of Chen Style Taijiquan which is commonly believed to have remained truer to the original Tai Chi developed hundreds of years ago than have other styles. Includes exercises that illustrate spiral energy, the combining of hard and soft movements, and the joining of intent, breathing, and movement. More of a reference book than an instruction book. An inspiring book written with the help and support of Chen Style masters Chen Xiaowang (his picture is on the cover), Zhu Tiancai and Chen Zhenglei.... incorporating insights of past and present masters of the Chen style. Includes translated quotes from: Chen Wangting (Chen style's founder), Chen Changxing (compiler of the "Lao Jia" Old Frame and teacher of Yang Luchan), Chen Zhaopei (who led a revival of Taiji in Chen village),Chen Zhaokui (son of Chen Fake), and current standard bearer Chen Xiaowang.

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.

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.

The T'Ai Chi Boxing Chronicle - by Lien-Ying Kuo. Best suited for experienced players who want to expand their knowledge of Tai Chi. Not he best of translations.

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