A Master's Booklist
By Kelly Maclean
Master Kelly Maclean is one of the top instructors at the Shou-Yu Liang Wushu Taiji Qigong Institute,and specializes in Taiji and internal styles. She has been both grandchampion and master judge at many competitions, and has extensive experience with internal martial arts. But what does a master refer to for training notes and information? We asked Kelly, and here are her recommendations.
"Of course, I would like to recommend any of Grandmaster Liang's books, but for Taiji enthusiasts, I would especially recommend his book Tai Chi Chuan on the 24 and 48 Forms. This book gives some history and theory, and is an excellent manual for anyone learning either of the two forms. Here are some other suggestions:
The Tao of Tai-Chi Chuan
By Jou, Tsung Hwa
Tai Chi Foundation, Taiwan, 1981
This book gives an excellent overview of what Taiji is, its history, the philosophy that informs it,and its theories, with a chapter on Push Hands. This book is available through Amazon.com.
By George Leonard
Plume, USA, 1991
Recommended to me by Sam Masich, I would consider this a "must read" by anyone who is setting out onthe pathof learning Taiji. Written by a master of Aikido, who also draws on his experience as a pilot, this book is about the process of mastery. Its principles may be applied to any learning process, any important life project, and even personal relationships. This book is available through Amazon.com.
Tai Chi Secrets of the Ancient Masters
Translation and commentary by Dr. Yang Jwing Ming
YMAA Publication Center, Boston, 1999
This is a very helpful presentation and explanation of the famous "Tai Chi Classics," and is an important read for anyone interested in Taiji theory. This book is available through >Amazon.com.
101 Reflections on Tai Chi Chuan
By Michael Gilman
YMAA Publication Center, Boston, 2000
An easy and pleasant read, this is a book offering thoughts and observations on Taiji, by a long time Taiji practitioner. This book is available through Amazon.com.
T'ai Chi's Ancestors
By Douglas Wile
Sweet Ch'i Press, USA, 1999
This is a scholarly work on the two thousand year development of soft-style martial arts theory. This book is available through Amazon.com.
Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan
By Fu Zhongwen, translated by Louis Swaim
North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, 1999
This book will be of particular interest to Yang style Taiji players. Written by a close student of YangCheng Fu, one of the most important figures in the history of Taiji, this book is an elucidation of the Tai Chi Classics, and a manual on the traditional Yang form. This book is available through Amazon.com.
And for Chen style enthusiasts:
Chen Style Taijiquan
By Davidine Siaw-Voon Sim and David Gaffney
North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, 2000
This book is an expose of Chen style Taiji, the oldest style known to this day. Especially interesting is a chapter on "Chen Family Legends." This book is available through Amazon.com.