What's on my Tai Chi bookshelf?
During my almost thirty-year journey of learning, practicing, and teaching Tai Chi Chuan, I have read many books on the subject. Some of the Tai Chi books I have read were ok, others good, and some were great. All the Tai Chi book titles below are in my library and are my favorites. Most of the Tai Chi books below pertain to Yang-style Tai Chi.
If you are currently a Tai Chi beginner or are considering learning Tai Chi, please use my highly-recommended list below to help you on your Tai Chi journey.
Tai Chi Books For Beginners
When I was a "Tai Chi beginner," my first Tai Chi teacher recommended "The Tai Chi Handbook For Exercise Meditation And Self-Defense" by Herman Kauz. The book contained photos and great information.
When I began learning the Tai Chi 24 competition form, I bought the book Tai Chi Chuan 24 and 48 postures With Martial Application by Master Liang, Shou-Yu, and Wu, Wen-Ching. This book contained Tai Chi principles, photos, and easy-to-understand information.
I purchased Tai Chi Chuan Art of 60 Movements Yang Style Short Form by William C.C. Chen. It was another great book that aided me while learning William C.C. Chen's version of Cheng Man Ching's short form.
My Chen Tai Chi journey began with the 56 movement competition Chen style form. The book I purchased was Chen Style T'ai Chi Chuan, Thirty-six and Fifty-six Movements by Shing Yen-Ling. Although the Tai Chi form wasn't the same one I was learning, the pictures of all the postures were a good reference guide. This book also helped when I began learning the Chen Style Tai Chi 22 Form.
In most cases, you may not find the exact book you need. You may have to settle for something close enough.
A Tai Chi beginner should find a book with pictures of the Tai Chi postures you are learning. Choose a book that is simple and easy to read. I hope you find these suggestions helpful.
This page is an ongoing work in progress.
If you didn't see "your" favorite Tai Chi or Martial art book listed, don't worry. Please share your favorite book title and author with me by reaching out through my Contact Us form. I am always looking for a good Tai Chi or Qigong book. If you take the time to read any of these Tai Chi books listed, contact me and let me know your thoughts.
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T'ai Chi Classics - by Waysun Liao
Steal My Art- by Master T.T. Liang
Tai Chi Chuan for Health and Self Defense - by Master T.T. Liang
Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'ai Chi Chuan - by Cheng Man Ching
Gateway to The Miraculous - by Wolf Lowenthol
There Are No Secrets- by Wolf Lowenthol
The Dao of TaijiQuan - by Jou, Tsung Hwa
The Tai Chi Book - by Robert Chuckrow, Ph,D.
Tai Chi, The Perfect Exercise - by Arthur Rosenfeld
Tai Chi Touchstones: Yang Family Secret Transmissions
Movements of Magic - Bob Klein