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)


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)


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 aplicable to any style practised)


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).


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 abreviation of our 88 forms so 90% of information applies to our 88. There is also information on tai chi and on Li Tianji ‘Lung Fei’ and Professor Li Deyin)


Taijiquan in 88 Style – Chinese Kung-Fu series 2 – ISBN 962-238-008-5

Detailed book on 88 Yang style tai chi forms


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)


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)


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

Tai Chi Touchstones – Yang Family Secrest 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)


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 wardoff/press/rollback/push)