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Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Usage - SC 404
by Yang Zhen Duo & Yang Jun
$14.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
89 pages, Softbound. Illustrations,
DVD + chart.

Here is a clear presentation of usage in the Yang Family form of Tai Chi. Demonstrated by the direct family lineage holders, this book goes through the major movements of the Yang Long Form and shows spot applications for many postures. The DVD that accompanies this book is about 15 minutes long, with good production values. The explanation, given by Yang Zhen Dou, is in Chinese but the demonstrations of single, double and freestepping Push Hands is so clear it barely matters. Different aspects of the routine are shown by Yang Jun's effortless pushes and captures. A nice inspiration to relax and slow down.

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Wu Style Tai Chi 37 Manners - SC 342
by Zhao Qin
$14.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
184 pages, Softbound. Illustrations. 2009.

This is a nice, organized presentation of Wu style Tai Chi with a 37 posture routine and intermittent appplications. The teacher, Zhao Qin, fought against the Japanese during World War II. e is an ardent promoter of Tai Chi and approaches it with a scholar's reserve and precision. He is strongly influenced and a defender of Wang Pei Sheng, whom he considers a major figure in the Tai Chi field. He is also a great promoter of Chinese philosophical texts like Yi Ching and considers them simple yet profound classics.

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Tai Chi with Feng Zhi Qiang

Introduction to Chen style Tai Chi SC- 601
Feng Zhi Qiang
243 pages, photographs, softbound,
Simplified Chinese Characters; $16.95

With his usual powerful form and integrity of movement Feng Zhi Qiang demonstrates his 24 move Chen Tai Chi. Feng is an expert in Xing Yi as well and the "seasoning" of that style is evident in his every move. Introductory sections deal with practice and principles.

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A True Description of the Art of Yang style Taijiquan 
SC- 835     
Wei Shu Ren
285 pages, Hardbound, Color and B/W photos, Simplified Chinese Characters; $32.95

This is a book about how Yang style Tai Chi actually WORKS. Wei Shu Ren takes the movements and uses drawings, arrows, illustrations, photographs and descriptions to create, on paper, the type of class you would want to attend, breaking down the Tai Chi strategy and showing the details of its applications. He discusses the Golden Bell, mechanics of movement, application of force and more. A great candidate for translation. Hundreds of photos in B/W and color. The book also includes a 22 move set, mostly to illustrate the key points of usage. A number of "flying Tai Chi student" pictures but, in this case, they appear from a teacher who is trying to instruct rather than mystify you. Limited supply.

Short video on Wei showing Push Hands

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Yang style Taijiquan 37 Steps SC- 150
Wei Shu Ren
249 pages, over 450 photographs, softbound,
Simplified Chinese Characters; $32.95

The very famous Yang style teacher shows his 37 step form. With some of the most imaginative photos illustrating his breakdown, he has his student doing Fan Through the Back with a big fan picture, Gold Cock with a pheasant on the page, etc. He also starts the book with a section on the energy body of the Yang style and research pertaining to the practice. Three or four breakdowns per page. Some color front pieces.  A nicely done edition with textured covers. Limited supply.

Short video on Wei showing Push Hands

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Tai Chi Chen Style with Ma Hong Chen Style Tai Chi Self Defense - SC 202
by Ma Hong
$14.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
280 pages, Softbound. Illustrations. 1993.

This book is really one of the better ones for Chen Tai Chi applications. The reason is simple: all the illustrations are taken from photographs of Ma Hong himself demonstrating the usage of the different moves of Lao Jia. Besides the excellence of Ma Hong's applications the illustrations are good enough to show Reeling Silk energy and correct body angles. Chock full of information with over 515 illustrations!
This book also available in TRADITIONAL characters.

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Chen style 38 Moves Taijiquan SC- 153
Chen Xiao Wang
143 pages, softbound, Simplified Chinese Characters; $8.95

This little manual was written by the famous Chen master, Chen Xiao Wong. It starts with preparatory remarks on different styles and principles of Taiji, followed by a cleanly illustrated version of the 38 move Chen Taiji. Then, with slightly bigger illustrations, comes a breakdown and self defense demonstration for many moves. Historical notes in the front, aspects of "layered" practice, over 250 illustrations.

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Tai Chi Chen Style 46 Postures

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Chen Fa Ke's Taijiquan Practical Combat - SC 141
by Li Bao Ren
238 pages, photographs, softbound, Simplified Chinese Characters; $15.95

This is another book in the growing library of texts delving far more into the deeper issues of martial arts than ever in history. We can't say that each and every one of these new editions is automatically helpful or even correct but there is a new spirit of enquiry concerning what has been treated as mysterious until now: this can only benefit in the long run.This fighting method is passed on from Chen Fa Ke the premier Chen stylist of the 20th century. Essentially the techniques explain all the major motions of Chen Lao Jia with Chen Fa Ke’s unique application. Li's method is to break the form into separate movements and then give about a two-page explanation of each move including comments how it was named and, more importantly, how it is applied. Each section begins with an initial photograph of the posture and then breakdown photos of the form in action.

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Tai Chi Chen Style 46 Postures

46 Posture Taiji - SC 810
by Ma Guan Lin
122 pages in color, photographs and a VCD
$18.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;

This student of Feng Zhi Qiang shows a strong and highly concentrated 32 styles form of the Chen family developed by Feng himself. This system, based on Chen style utilizes other skills of Feng's such as Tong Bei and Xing Yi into a coherent structure. Ma, who started his Taiji training in 1972, goes into details about applications of Chen Taiji. His energies are quite accurate as he goes through the form explaining his particular applications. He originally learned from Tian Xiu Chen before studying under Feng.

This is a combination book and VCD. The book, in Chinese, is nicely laid out with many color illustrations. The entire 48 movement form is pictorially represented. Broken into very small sections each only a few minutes long, Ma clearly shows the actions required. The color booklet, the largest of the series, also shows a complete breakdown of the form. There are not applications here but the other VCDs of the series show that Ma is indeed an accomplished and knowledgeable practitioner not only in form but also usage. Also a section on Internal Work.

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Tai Chi Chen Style 32 postures

32 Posture Taiji - SC 809
by Ma Guan Lin
90 pages in color, photographs and a VCD
$17.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;

This student of Feng Zhi Qiang shows a strong and highly concentrated 32 styles form of the Chen family developed by Feng himself. This system, based on Chen style utilizes other skills of Feng's such as Tong Bei and Xing Yi into a coherent structure. Ma, who started his Taiji training in 1972, goes into details about applications of Chen Taiji. His energies are quite accurate as he goes through the form explaining his particular applications. He originally learned from Tian Xiu Chen before studying under Feng.

This book and VCD combination is quite well done. The book has many color illustrations and is nicely laid out with excellent printing on beautiful paper. There is a pictorial description of the form and a section on the Hun Yuan Qigong. Also this comes with a nicely produced VCD with the author demonstrating. Applications, strong and short, are shown with technical correlations to the form.

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Tai Chi Chen Style !2 Nei Gong

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24 Taiji and 12 Internal Exercises - SC 808
by Ma Guan Lin
91 pages in color, photographs and a VCD

This student of Feng Zhi Qiang shows a strong and highly concentrated 32 styles form of the Chen family developed by Feng himself. This system, based on Chen style utilizes other skills of Feng's such as Tong Bei and Xing Yi into a coherent structure. Ma, who started his Taiji training in 1972, goes into details about applications of Chen Taiji. His energies are quite accurate as he goes through the form explaining his particular applications. He originally learned from Tian Xiu Chen before studying under Feng.

This is a combination book and VCD. The book, in Chinese, is nicely laid out with many color illustrations. Both the 24 Traditional movements and the 12 Hun Yuan (primordial chaos) Qigong movements are pictorially represented. There are many shots of Ma Ang Lu in various poses. Ma is definitely a strong martial artist with smooth and sophisticated movements and a thorough knowledge of applications for his form.

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$16.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;

 

Tai Chi Wu Style Pus Hands Wu Style Taiji Push Hands - SC 801
by Li Li Yang & Li Jia Kuan
39 pages, good photographs

(Born in 1925, Li was a student of Ma Yue Liang). Most of the techniques in this book are well illustrated by excellent, large photos. Interestingly, teacher Li uses non-Chinese partners. Applications are sequentially shown for specific actions in the Wu style set. The presentation is exceptionally clear and well designed. The TOC includes:

Important Push hands principles, Wu Push Hands characteristics, 52 questions on PH, Fixed step PH, Fa Jing in PH, important writings on PH.

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$14.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;

 

Tai Chi Chen Style Pao Chui notesChen Style Tai Chi Cannon Punch - SC 726
by Gu Liu Xin 顾留馨
$17.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
394 Pages, Softbound. Photographs,


Pa Chui Chen Shi Taijiquan Er Lu.
This is a book on the Pao Chui form of the Chen Taijiquan style. The entire form is shown along with occasional parallel applications for self defense. Teacher Gu was born in 1908 and started studying martial arts when he was eleven. His particular expertise is a life long investigation of the Chen style of Tai Chi. This book contains the entire Chen Di Er Lu, Cannon Punch. He gives a lot of supplemental information gleaned from his association with an entire generation of Chen Fa Ke students. A major book on the subject.
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Li style Taiji

Li Style T'ai Chi Five Star Hammer - SC 524
by Ma Jin Lung


Without a doubt one of the lesser known but interesting styles of T'ai Chi is Li branch. It boasts a number of sets influenced by the T'ai Chi philosophy but not looking like derivatives from the Yang style: almost more of a normal Kung Fu style that appears to be done in the "T'ai Chi manner." This large book is beautifully presented with a tasteful combination of excellent line drawings, some of the best we've seen - and photographs of the author. Not only is the Five Star Hammer given but also the Five Dragon Fist and the Li Style T'ai Chi sword. If you are interested in Li branch this is a nice one.
Check out this author's VCDs.

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$18.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
511 pages, Softbound, photographs.

 

Tai Chi Wu Style for health

Tai Chi for Health Restoration & Protection - SC 506
KangFu BaoJian TaiJiQuan
by Liu Shi Ming
$5.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
186 Pages, Softbound. Photographs.

Using Wu style as a base this Tai Chi teacher emphasizes Tai Chi's curative benefits. These health-oriented books are often "watered down" versions of Tai Chi. However Mr. Liu's form is excellent, even though the photos are only fair. Born in 1911 Mr. Liu has an upright body and excellent shape on his moves. There are supplementary notes on the form and also the principles of Tai Chi practice.

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Tai Chi Push Hands

Tai Chi Push Hands - SC 406
TaiJi TuiShou RuMen Yu GaoTi
by Tian Jin-Lung

A mainland book in simplified Chinese and one of the best presentations of Push Hands skills we have seen. Clear and nicely illustrated. This seemingly simple book is exceptional in its presentation. It starts with text on the requirements and basics of Push Hands. It next discusses the Eight Energies with illustrations of usage. From there it breaks down the four basic forms of Push Hands, Single fixed and lively, Double Fixed and Lively. Finally it shows applications of the Eight Energies in the game of Push Hands. The information isn't tricky or profound but unusually clear and very usable.

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$6.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
186 Pages, Softbound. Illustrated.


Tai Chi Yang Jian Hou Style

YANG Tai Chi's True Narrative - SC 216
by Wang Yong Quan

There are versions of Yang and versions. This is one of those with many of the "missing moves" added. In over 450 photographs SiFu Wang shows a style of Yang with many additional actions including many steps transformed to kicks. An insert foot chart shows the steps. There is an interesting introduction and notes on "Soft Hand" internal training in the back. Good photos and any of them. No applications but a sophisticated and complex rendition.

About this book: Wang Yong Quan began learning Taiji from Yang Jian Hou at age six (with his father as fellow student). A recommendation from Yang Jian Hou placed Wang with Yang Chen Fu at age 14 but also in an unusual position in that he was told not to pass on what he learned of the Yang secrets. From 1926 Wang taught in a number of venues. Even as vice-president of the Beijing Martial Arts Society he kept his promise to the Yangs. Finally, in the Seventies, he passed important information on to an 18 year disciple. In the Eighties he was persuaded by Qi Yi and Wang Ping Fan, heads of their respective Philosophy and Humanities departments in the Chinese Social Science Institute, to create a written record of the transmission while instructing his final student: Wei Shu Ren.

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$14.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
261 pages, Soft bound, Photographs.


Tai Chi Chen Olld Style Complete Old Frame Tai Chi Chuan- SC 210
by Wang Bo
$13.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
167 pages, Softbound. Photographs.

A wild and woolly version of the Lao Jia with high kicks and very low half splits. If we might be so bold, a very Taoist looking rendition of the set. The emphasis here is on a blend of Tai Chi ( Complete Protection style) and Chi Kung. It claims to retain Tai Chi's original intent. It contains sections on the discipline of Tai Chi; Chi Kung and its key points, the complete Boxing form and analysis of the Tai Chi Classics. Interestingly enough, there are some introductory pages in the text in French. Contents include: Essence, Spirit and Chi; specific and general points on posture; the advantages of this form; keeping fit; special points for Chi Kung practice; key points of Chi Kung practice; the author's views on Tai Chi.

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Tai Chi Yang Style

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Tai Chi for Health & Chi Kung- SC 119
by Li Hong Yi
$4.95 Simplified Chinese Characters;
101 pages Softbound. Line drawings, 1995.

These books have been sitting on bookstore shelves for almost 10 years. Their covers are a little wrinkled but over all these are nice, inexpensive volumes. Over a hundred photos are concerned with Mr. Li's demonstration of the Yang style from a health standpoint. Master Li also shows some general moves for health such as extended Cloud Hands. The photos vary in quality but, considering the cost, this is a nice little book.

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Tai CHi book in chinese

TaiChi 100 Leg Breaks SC- 435  NOTE: This edition is now only available in Traditional characters. See here.
Sun Guo Xi
264 pages, photos, Simplified Chinese Characters; $12.95

This book gives exhaustive techniques against kick attacks. Dozens of foot attacks are dealt with in good photographs and breakdowns of the movements. In addition the book starts with a lot of training methods and devices including weighted spear shaft, hanging double balls, punching bag, and bare-handed partner practice. Many of the actions start with “shelving” a technique where you catch the leg on the retraction or after the assumed moment of impact. Note: This book has a new cover which we may ship instead.

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from Gu Liu Xin's book, PAO CHUI:

"We give here some special characteristics of Pao Chui. We contrast it with Chen Taijiquan's primary form: Lao Jia. Both use Chan Si Jin (Reeling Silk Energy) at their core. The control of internal power, is the mutual concern of both forms. But Lao Jia is mainly concerned about developing one's basic Qi, with its emphasis on Soft Winding exhibiting the appearance of softness, slowness and stability. Pao Chui contrasts the Soft Winding with the Firm, creating an obvious appearance of firmness, speed, and crispness. Pao Chui's greater emphasis on mobile footwork and sudden interplay of evasive and expansive movements make it a faster and more explosive set than Lao Jia. Therefore Pao Chui's firmness, speed and crispness supplements Lao Jia's softness, slowness and stability, so that they complement one another.

In earlier times in the Taiji capitol of Chen Jia Gou, not everyone was authorized to practice Pao Chui. It is said that anyone who wanted to learn Pao Chui must first have had a foundation in Lao Jia. Ordinarily a student would study Lao Jia for three years before being allowed to learn Pao Chui. This prevented the student from having his Pao Chui become too hard, with little or no cultivation of softness. Nowadays, young people who like studying Chen Taiji tend to enjoy Pao Chui even more. I believe it is permissible to start the Pao Chui within two years training; by slowing it down a little bit, practicing correctly each day, starting the gentle yielding then —a little later— adding speed gradually, all the while preserving the idea of Chen Taiji's special characteristic: "softness with a core of firmness, firmness with a core of softness". We must remember that in Taijiquan's Soft Winding movements are impact points of issuing strength, with sudden, short concentrations of power. Because of this Pao Chui has the footwork of an earthquake, and more explosive power, yet with Soft Winding still enormously exceeding its firm motions. "