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.
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.
Pan Lings Original Tai Chi Chuan Textbook - a translation
of the Chinese text published in 1963. Y. W. Chang, Chen's senior
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.
Chi Ruler: Chinese Yoga for Health and Longevity - by Terry
Dunn. An ancient Tai Chi / Chi Kung system that utilizes a wooden
dowel ("Tai Chi Ruler") as a focusing device. It's held
the palms. There are eight internal exercises and seven meditations
to coordinate movement, breath, mind and vision. Advanced students
practice at respiratory rates of two breaths per minute. For those
with health problems, the core exercises can be practiced lying
Taiji - by Erle Montaigue and Michael Babin. Both the traditional
slow forms as well as fast and explosive forms. Yang Cheng Fu
style Tai Chi. Includes martial applications.
Aikido: The Master Course - by Gozo Shioda, Yasuhisa Shioda
(contributor), David Rubens (translator). If you are serious about
studying any of the Chinese internal martial arts, you owe it
to yourself to learn a bit about Aikido. This is one of the leading
books on Aikido technique. The author does a superb job of detailing
Aikido techniques. And its about Aikido as a true martial art...
in the Steve Segal sense. Gives all the basic techniques and their
variations... all supported with meticulous photography and comprehensive
and the Dynamic Sphere: An Illustrated Introduction - by Adele
Westbrook and Oscar Ratti. The insightful illustrations are spare...
but timeless... and raise the book to a work of art. It was first
published in 1970 and will probably continue in publications forever.
Has a good balance between technical "how-to" knowledge and general
principles and philosophy.