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?
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.
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
General Tai Chi
|T’ai Chi Ch’uan Ta Wen: Questions and Answers on T’ai Chi Ch’uan by Chen Wei-Ming, Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo and Robert W. Smith(Jan 26, 1993)|
|Nei Jia Quan: Internal Martial Arts Teachers of Tai Ji Quan, Xing Yi Quan, and Ba Gua Zhang by Jess O’Brien (Oct 26, 2004)|
|The Essence of T’ai Chi by Waysun Liao|
|The Making of a Butterfly: Traditional Chinese Martial Arts As Taught by Master W. C. Chen by Phillip Starr (Apr 7, 2006)|
|Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power by Yang Yang, Feng Zhiqiang and Robert Schlagal (2008)|
|Tai Chi Connections: Advancing Your Tai Chi Experience by John Loupos (Mar 24, 2005)|
Yang Style Tai Chi
|Tai Chi Chuan Classical Yang Style: The Complete Form Qigong by Yang Jwing-Ming|
|Chinese Swordsmanship: The Yang Family Taiji Jian Tradition by Scott M. Rodell (Sep 10, 2003)|
|Tai Chi Chuan: 24 & 48 Postures with Martial Applications by Liang Shou-Yu and Wu Wen-Ching|
|Tai Chi Touchstones: Yang Family Secret Transmissions by Douglas Wile (Mar 1, 2010)|
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)|
Wu Style Taichi
|Classical Northern Wu Style Tai Ji Quan: The Fighting Art of the Manchurian Palace Guard by Tina Chunna Zhang and Frank Allen(Aug 18, 2006)|
|Wu Style Taijiquan by Peisheng Wang and Zeng Weiqi (Nov 1983)|
|Tai Chi Secrets of the Wu Style: Chinese Classics, Translations, Commentary by Yang Jwing-Ming (Mar 13, 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)|
|Analysis of Shaolin Chin Na: Instructors Manual for All Martial Styles by Yang Jwing-Ming (Jun 8, 2004)|
|Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence by Rory Miller (Jun 6, 2008)|
|Taiji Chin Na: The Seizing Art of Taijiquan (Chinese Internal Martial Arts) by Yang Jwing-Ming (Feb 7, 1996)|
|Zen Body-Being: An Enlightened Approach to Physical Skill, Grace, and Power by Peter Ralston and Laura Ralston (Jul 27, 2006)|
|The Way of Energy: Mastering the Chinese Art of Internal Strength with Chi Kung Exercise (A Gaia Original) by Kam Chuen Lam(Nov 15, 1991)|
|Chi Gung: Chinese Healing, Energy and Natural Magick by L. V. Carnie (Sep 8, 2002)|
|The Inner Structure of Tai Chi: Mastering the Classic Forms of Tai Chi Chi Kung by Mantak Chia and Juan Li (Dec 15, 2005)|
|Chinese Fitness: A Mind/Body Approach-Qigong for Healthy and Joyful Living (Qigong – Health & Healing) by Ching-shan Liu (May 20, 1997)|
|Tai Chi Ball Qigong: For Health and Martial Arts by Yang Jwing-Ming and David Grantham (Dec 16, 2010)|
Tai Chi for Health
|The Power of Soul: The Way to Heal, Rejuvenate, Transform, and Enlighten All Life (Soul Power Series) by Zhi Gang Sha (Jan 6, 2009)|
|Awaken Healing Energy Through The Tao: The Taoist Secret of Circulating Internal Power by Mantak Chia, Lawrence Young, Michael Winn and Gunther Weil (Jun 1, 1983)|
Tai Chi for Specific Concerns
|Tai Chi for Arthritis Handbook (Tai Chi for Arthritis) by Dr. Paul Lam (2002)|
|Overcoming Arthritis: How to Relieve Pain and Restore Mobility Through a Unique Tai Chi Program by Paul Lam and Judith Horstman (May 1, 2002)|
|Tai Chi in a Chair by Cynthia Quarta (May 19, 2011)|
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