Recommended Reading

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T’ai-Chi Touchstones: Yang Family Secret TransmissionsDouglas Wile, tr.The only English translation of important Yang Family treatises.
T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Self-Defense, Philosophy and PracticeT. T. LiangAn excellent plain language version of the classics along with Master Liang’s commentary and important ideas in taijiquan.
Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan: The Yang Family Hidden Tradition of TaijiquanWang Yen-NienTwo vols. (form and appilcations), private edition.
Chinese Swordsmanship: The Yang Family Taiji Jian TraditionScott M. RodellCovers all aspects of Chinese historical swordsmanship from the etiquette of handling bladed weapons to basic cuts and classic forms to swordplay strategy.
T’ai Chi Ch’uan Ta Wen, Questions and Answers on T’ai Chi Ch’uanBenjamin P. J. Lo
Robert W. Smith (tr.)
Writen by a true swordsman for the swordsman. A book for men finding themselves living in the wrong time. If you are serious about your study of martial art, read this book. - SMR
Taiji Notebook for Martial ArtsScott M. RodellRodell leverages his decades of study in taijiquan to address students' common sticking points and provide insight into the internal and martial aspects of the art.
There Are No Secrets - Professor Cheng Man-ch’ing and his T’ai Chi ChuanWolfe LowenthalA wonderful introspective view on personal development in Taiji Quan and Cheng Man-ching.
In Search of the Warrior SpiritRichard S. HecklerProbing and questioning debate on the role of the warrior in modern society and the military.
The Taijiquan Classics: An Annotated TranslationBarbara Davis (tr.)
Chen Weiming
An excellent scholarly translation of taijiquan's classic writings with insightful commentary from an early disciple student of Yang Chengfu.
The Essence and Applications of TaijiquanYang Chengfu
Louis Swaim (tr.)
Filipino Martial CultureMark V. WileyAn excellent study of the Filipino tradition that sets a standard for other arts.
Cheng Tzu’s Thirteen Treatises on T’ai Chi Ch’uanBenjamin P. J. Lo and Martin Inn, tr.
Gateway to the Miraculous: Further Explorations in the Tao of Cheng Man-Ch’ingWolfe Lowenthal
The Sword of No SwordJohn StevensDepicts the life of a warrior completely dedicated to enlightenment.
The Wind Sweeps Away the Plum Blossums: Principles and Techniques of the Yang Style T’ai Chi Spear and StaffStuart A. Olson, tr.
Taiji SwordWei-Ming Chen
Barbara Davis, tr.
Capoeira, A Brazilian Art FormBira Almeida
The Code of the Warrior, In Myth, And Everyday LifeRick Fields
The Secret History of the Sword, Adventures in Ancient Martial ArtsJ. Christoph AmbergerWriten by a true swordsman for the swordsman. A book for men finding themselves living in the wrong time. If you are serious about your study of martial art, read this book.