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Recommended Reading

Want to know more about Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Taoism and Oriental Medicine? Here's a listing of important texts you may wish to read to help you with your training. If a title is hyperlinked, click on it to go either straight to the text or to an on-line bookstore where you can order it. Good reading!

Taoism and the Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan (Excellent collection of ancient texts which elucidate Tai Chi Chuan as a physical expression and manifestation of the principles and philosophy of Taoism)

T'ai Chi Chuan: A Simplified Method for Health & Self Defense by Cheng Man-ch'ing. © 1981, North Atlantic Books, Richmond, California.

Cheng Man-Ch'ing's Advanced T'ai-Chi Form Instructions, Compiled and translated by Douglas Wile. © 1985, Sweet Chi Press, Brooklyn, New York.

Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods by Robert W. Smith. © 1980, Kodansha International, LTD., Tokyo, New York & San Francisco.

T'ai-Chi: The "Supreme Ultimate" Exercise for Health, Sport and Self-Defense by Cheng Man-ch'ing and Robert W. Smith. © 1967, Charles E. Tuttle Co., Rutland, Vermont.

There Are No Secrets: Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing and his Tai Chi Chuan by Wolfe Lowenthal. © 1991, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California.

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, E-Text Versions.

Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on Tai Chi Chuan by Cheng Man-ch'ing. Translated by Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo & Martin Inn © 1985, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, California.


Lost Tai-Chi Classics From The Late Ching Dynasty by Douglas Wile. © 1996, State University Of New York.

T'ai Chi Chuan for Health & Self Defense by T.T. Liang © 1977, Random House.

Superlearning 2000 by Sheila Ostrander, Lynn Schroeder and Nancy Ostrander. © 1997, Dell Publishing Co. (Tai Chi's benefits as a tool for increased mental and physical prowess examined)

Journal of Asian Martial Arts:

Vol. 4, No.1, 1995: Cheng Man-ch'ing and Taijiquan: A Clarification of Role. (R. Smith)

Vol. 4, No.3, 1995: Remembering Cheng Man-ch'ing: Some Sketches From His Life. (R.Smith)

Vol. 5, No. 4, 1996: Breathing in taiji and other martial arts. (R. Smith) Conservator of the Taiji Classics: an interview with Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo. (D.D. Davis & L. L. Mann)

Vol. 6. No. 1, 1997: Chen Weiming, Cheng Man-ch'ing & the Difference Between Strength and Intrinsic Energy. (R. Smith)

Vol. 6. No. 2, 1997: Da Lu and Some Tigers. (R. Smith)

The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan: The Literary Tradition by Lo, Inn, Amacker and Foe. © 1979, North Atlantic Books, Richmond, California.

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



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