Finding great resources on tai chi is a voyage unto itself.  The best books can shoot you ahead in your development and introduce you to insightful material.  Others may not apply to your area of study or may not pertain to your level of development or interest.  Let’s highlight a few reasons why great resources take a little effort to locate and then we will list some books that have helped us along.

We have done our best to provide a mixture of old and new, qi gong and tai chi, and books that address the different styles.  We are thankful to community members who have shared favorite titles.  If there is a book that has had an impact on you let us know through the link on the bottom.  If you purchase a book listed here we appreciate you clicking through these links so that we can continue to give the authors accolades and let them know to keep up the good work.

What affects my ability to find good tai chi resources?

Time

Resources on tai chi have recently become more accessible.  The changes in China since the 1980s have led to many more visits of Chinese teachers to the U.S. and to westerners traveling east to train.

Year of Publication

Typical searches for books give weight to more recent publications but the truth is that many earlier publications are great discoveries because someone wrote at the height of their practice and may have since passed on.

Difficulty Researching Books

Despite its growing popularity, tai chi is still working to find its proper place in the medical and health community.  This is always apparent when I go through a public library and find the tai chi books nestled right between Witchcraft and Magic.

Funding

Most great reads are products of passion and may never have made it to the big publishers (or a profit).

Yes, tai chi is growing in popularity and thanks to youtube and the internet resources are abounding.  Those that have been studying tai chi for a while know that just that fact that we can build the following list is exciting.

Recommended Tai Chi Reading

Chen Style Tai Chi

The Five Levels of Taijiquan by Chen Xiaowang, Commentary by Master Jan Silberstorff and Translated by Christina Schulz (Mar 15, 2012)
Old Frame Chen Family Taijiquan by Mark Chen and Kenneth Chung (Apr 6, 2004)
Tai Chi Fa Jin: Advanced Techniques for Discharging Chi Energy by Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan (Mar 14, 2012)
The Chen-style Taijiquan for Life Enhancement by Chen Zheng Lei and Xu Hailiang (Sep 1, 2002)

Cheng Man Ching Style Tai Chi

Cheng Tzu’s Thirteen Treatises on T’ai Chi Ch’uan by Cheng Man Ch’Ing, Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo and Martin Inn (Jan 21, 1993)
There Are No Secrets: Professor Cheng Man Ch’ing and His T’ai Chi Chuan by Wolfe Lowenthal (Jan 27, 1993)
Master Cheng’s New Method of Taichi Ch’uan Self-Cultivation by Cheng Man-ch’ing   and Mark Hennessy (Jun 1, 1999)

Sun Style Tai Chi

LSC Traditional Sun Style Taijiquan (Saddleback College-CPS7) by Tim Cartmell and Troyce Thome (Sep 24, 2010)

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