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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.

Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'Ai Chi Ch'Uan - by Cheng Man Ch'Ing. The cover has a color print of one of Master Cheng's paintings. And the book includes examples of his calligraphy. The only book of its kind authorized by Master Cheng's estate. Contains a preface by Cheng's wife. Master Cheng thoroughly describes each motion and it's application. Includes photos of the author practicing the form with explanations.

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.

Essence of Tai Chi Chuan: The Literary Tradition - A collection of brief poetic classic writings from the great tai chi masters. Translated by Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo, one of Cheng Man-ch'ing's most accomplished students.

Douglas Wile Translations:

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Beyond the Closed Door: Chinese Culture and the Creation of T'ai Chi Ch'uan - by Arieh Lev Breslow. A thorough and exhaustive examination of the Chinese culture and traditions from which Tai Chi grew that pieces together a Chinese world view and cultural heritage that is intelligible to Westerners. It frames Chinese ideas in the context of Western thought... and pointing out the similarities as well as the differences. The first section is an overview of Chinese culture that introduces you to Confucius, Lao Tzu and Chang Tzu as well as the importance of Yin and Yang. The book then moves to an understanding of Chinese religion and philosophical thought (Confucianism and Buddhism) along with the interplay of these with the many shifts of political regimes over 4500 years of Chinese history. Arieh Lev Breslow has been teaching T'ai Chi for over 20 years, most of which have been at the Jerusalem School of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, which he founded in Israel.

T'Ai Chi Classics (Shambhala Classics) - by Waysun Liao (Translator). It's always best for a translator to understand the subject matter. I've seen Waysun Liao do things that can't be described by conventional physics. His knowledge is more than genuine. He really knows how to develop fa-chin or discharging force.... and its not with muscle nor mere body mechanics. If you are interested in generating and expressing internal energy... this should be at the top of your book list.

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