Recommended Tai Chi books

Books for tai chi beginners

Principles of Tai Chi – the only introduction you’ll ever need

by Paul Brecher – ISBN 0-7225-3474-4

(this book contains good information on the principles of tai chi)

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The Tai Chi Healing Bible

by Mark Green – ISBN 978-1-84573-545-6

(this book contains information and illustrations of form movements including points to remember of Yang style 24 forms, and also the 18 movements of Yang style tai chi qigong. There is also general information about tai chi)

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A Guide to Chinese Martial Arts

by Li Tianji and Du Xilian (Li Tianji, nicknamed Lung Fei – Flying Dragon, is from who Mrs Bao, the founder of our club Bao’s Lung Fei Tai Chi, learnt tai chi from in China) – ISBN  0-8351-2451-7 & 7-119-01393-9

This book contains information on the origins and historical development of the Chinese Martial Arts (Wushu) including the different styles and an introduction to some of the styles. In the tai chi section, it covers the 24 tai chi forms created by Li Tianji with illustrations of each move.

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Tai Chi and Qigong

by Bill Douglas (Founder of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day) – ISBN 0-02-864264-3

(this book does not cover the forms we practise, however half the book contains good information which is applicable to any style practised)

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The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi
Pub Shambhala – 2013
Author Peter M Wayne PhD
ISBN 978-1-59030-942-1
Available on Amazon

The author is a qualified doctor of western medicine who took up tai chi and was so impressed with its benefits for a wide range of physical and mental troubles that he decided to try to build a bridge between the ancient wisdom of Tai Chi with the modern scientific insights of biomedicine.

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Books for tai chi intermediates

Taijiquan

by Li Deyin – ISBN 7-119-03708-0

(this book contains information and illustrations of form movements including important points, common mistakes and applications of Yang style 24 forms, 32 sword forms, 42 forms, 42 sword forms and 81 forms – 81 forms is an abbreviation of our 88 forms so most 90% of information applies to our 88. There is also information on tai chi and on Li Tianji ‘Lung Fei’ and Professor Li Deyin)

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Tai Chi Chuan

by Master Liang, Shou-Yu & Wu, Wen-Ching – ISBN 1-886969-33-7

(this book contain information and illustrations of form movements including key points and martial applications of Yang style 24 forms and 48 forms)

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Handbook of T’ai Chi Ch’uan Exercises

by Zhang Fuxing – ISBN 978-0-87728-891-6

(This book contain information and illustrations of the Yang Style 24 and 88 form movements. The illustrations have arrows to show the direction of the movements. There is also a section on push-hands).

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Chinese Kung-Fu Series2 – Taijiquan in 88 Forms

Compiled by Victor Wu, translated by Huang Jun – ISBN 962-238-008-5

(This book contain information and illustrations of the Yang Style 88 form movements. The illustations have arrows to show the direction of the movements).

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108 Insights into Tai Chi Chuan – A String of Pearls

by Michael Gilman – ISBN 1-886969-58-2

A Motivational Pocket Guide for Tai Chi Chuan – Helpful hints & practical advice for great tai chi.

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101 Reflections on Tai Chi Chuan

by Michael Gilman – ISBN-13: 9781886969865 and ISBN-10: 1886969868

A Motivational Pocket Guide for Tai Chi Chuan – Great tai chi can be yours!

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The Big Book of Tai Chi – build health fast in slow motion

by Bruce Frantzis – one of the few Westerners recognised as a Master of Tai Chi in China – ISBN 0-00-713090-2

(this book contains good information and principles of tai chi)

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Tai Chi Secrets of the Ancient Masters

Translation & commentary by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming – ISBN-10: 1-886969-71-X and ISBN-13: 978-1-886969-71-1

Selected Readings with Commentary – A Motivational Pocket guide for Tai Chi Chuan.

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Books for the more advanced interested in tai chi philosophy and martial arts aspects

Tai Chi Secrets of the Yang Style

by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming – ISBN 1-886969-09-4

Chinese Classics, Translations & Commentary.

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Tai Chi Chuan Martial Power,

Advance Yang Style – by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming – ISBN-13: 978-1-59439-294-8 and ISBN-10: 1-59439-294-3

Discover the Power Inside Tai Chi Postures.

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Tai Chi Touchstones – Yang Family Secrets Transmissions

Compiled and translated by Douglas Wile – ISBN 0-912059-01-X

(based on Cheng Man Ching Yang style, this book contains philosophy, meaning and principles of tai chi in forms and push hands, and also mnemonic verses and training songs)

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Cheng Tzu’s Thirteen Treatises of Tai Chi Chuan

Cheng Man Ching – translated by Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo and Martin Inn – ISBN 9-780938-190455

(this book contains explanations of the thirteen treatise, and Cheng Man Ching 37 forms and information on push hands including ward-off/press/roll-back/push)

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