Good Books on Tai Chi

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi, by Peter Wayne

Cutting-edge research from Harvard Medical School also supports the  long-standing claims that Tai Chi also has a beneficial impact on the  health of the heart, bones, nerves and muscles, immune system, and the  mind. 

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

 In The Four Agreements, bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the  source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless  suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a  powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new  experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

The Tao of Tai-Chi Chuan: Way to Rejuvenation by Jou Tsung Hwa

Book written by the Grandmaster and teacher of Victor Franco. Excellent study on Tai Chi from an authentic Chinese grandmaster.

Taijiquan Theory of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming: The Root of Taijiquan By Dr. Yang

 Taijiquan Theory of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming is an attempt to join together  the various theories on Taijiquan in one complete text. "Based upon my  personal background and understanding, I have tried my best to compile  the Taijiquan Theory and practice concepts in this book. I have  attempted to make this effort as complete as possible". 

T'ai Chi Ch'uan: A Simplified Method of Calisthenics for Health & Self Defense by Chen Man Ching

 This is the original classic about Short Form, the most popular and widespread form of T'ai Chi in the West. T'ai Chi Ch'uan  is a must-read for every serious T'ai Chi student. This book is not  meant to "teach" T'ai Chi Ch'uan, but meant to expound upon its meaning  to the earnest practitioner; to offer the layperson a glimpse into this  ancient art; and to communicate the author's unique perceptions and  experiences that only a lifetime of practice can cultivate. Taken in  this context, this is a most valuable book. 

Master Cheng's New Method of Taichi Ch'uan Self-Cultivation by Chen Man Ching

 Cheng Man-ch'ing, the famed master of t'ai chi, is regarded as an  enormously influential figure in codifying the most widely practiced  form of the ancient martial art. This volume, developed by the martial  arts master and scholar, details the way that students arrive at a  posture -- from beginning movements to the end pose. Master Cheng  provides practitioners with a complete and concise guide to the Short  Form, enabling them to make rapid progress. 

More Good Tai Chi Stuff

The Essence of Tai Chi by Waysun Liao

 The deepest benefits of T’ai Chi cannot be realized without an  understanding of its underlying principles. This book presents these  principles through translations of three core classics of T’ai Chi that  are often considered the "T’ai Chi Bible," accompanied by the author’s  insightful commentary 

The Complete System of Self-Healing by Dr. Stephen T. Chang

 This book was written only to introduce the  Internal Exercise of Taoism as a gesture of goodwill. Since certain  exercises, special techniques, and teachings which are introduced may be  new to certain societies, since human beings are complicated and  delicate in constitution, and since every individual is different,  please consult your physician before you try any of the contents of this  book. 

Tai Chi Classics by Waysun Liao

 According to Master Liao, the great power of T'ai Chi cannot be realized without knowing its inner meaning.  T'ai Chi Classics  presents  the inner meaning and techniques of T'ai Chi movements through  translations of three core classics of T'ai Chi, often considered the  "T'ai Chi Bible."  

Yang Style Taijiquan by Yang Zhen Duo

 Master Yang Zhen Duo, 4th generation Yang family successor, describes  each move of the 103 posture Yang style Taijiquan barehand form  originated by his family. The book is illustrated with photographs of  Master Yang performing each posture. Applications of the postures are  also described, with photographs of Master Yang and his grandson Yang  Jun, demonstrating each of the applications.  

The Art of Peace: Teachings of the Founder of Aikido by Morihei Ueshiba

 These inspirational teachings show that the real way of the warrior  is based on compassion, wisdom, fearlessness, and love of nature. Drawn  from the talks and writings of Morihei Ueshiba, founder of the popular  Japanese martial art known as Aikido, 

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

 Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers  on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self  and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the  discovery of truth and light. In the first chapter, Tolle  introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He  awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to  have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present.