There are several worthwhile books on Taijiquan. A few on philosophy and background are included at the bottom. Taiji cannot be learned from books or DVDs, however they can be useful references. Please ask in class if you are curious about DVDs.
Lo, Benjamin Pang Jeng; Inn, Martin; Amacker, Robert; and Foe, Susan. (1979) The Essence of T’ai Chi Ch’uan: The Literary Tradition.Richmond, California: North Atlantic Books. The Classics of T’ai Chi. If you own only one book on T’ai Chi Ch’uanit should be this one.
Cheng Man Ch’ing. (1985) Cheng Tzu’s Thirteen Treatises on T’ai Chi Ch’uan. Translated by Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo and Martin Inn. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books. Prof. Cheng’s best book on T’ai Chi, if you own only two, this should be the second.
Cheng Man Ch’ing. (1999) Master Cheng’s New Method of Tai Chi Ch’uan Self-Cultivation.Translated by Mark Hennessy. Berkeley, California: Frog, Ltd.
Cheng Man-ch’ing, and Smith, Robert W. (1967) T’ai-Chi: The “Supreme Ultimate” Exercise for Health, Sport, and Self-Defense.Rutland, Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Co.
Yang Chengfu. (2005) The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan. Translated by Louis Swaim. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books.Ghostwritten byProf. Cheng and includes a forward by him.
Chen Wei-Ming. (1985) T’ai Chi Ch’uan Ta Wen: Questions and Answers on T’ai Chi Ch’uan.Translated by Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo and Robert W. Smith. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books. Questions answered by Yang Cheng-fu.
Chen, William C.C. (1989) Body Mechanics of Tai Chi Chuan: For the Art of Self-Defense. New York, New York: William C.C. Chen.
Liang, T.T. (T’ung-Tsai). (1977) T’ai Chi Ch’uan For Health and Self-Defense: Philosophy and Practice.Edited and with Foreword by Paul B. Gallagher. Revised, expanded edition. New York: Vintage Books. Includes translations of several classics and other texts, as well as T. T.Liang’s own ideas.
Lowenthal, Wolfe. (1991) There Are No Secrets: Professor Cheng Man-ch’ing and his Tai Chi Chuan.Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books.
Lowenthal, Wolfe. (1994) Gateway to the Miraculous: Further Explorations in the Tao of Cheng Man-ch’ing.Berkeley, California: Frog, Ltd., c/o North Atlantic Books. Memoirs of his time studying with Prof. Chengin New York.
Wile, Douglas. Translation. (1983) T’aichi Touchstones: Yang Family Secret Transmissions.Brooklyn, New York: Sweet Ch’i Press. Translation of many documents from the Yang Family.
Davis, Barbara. Translator. (2004) The Taijiquan Classics, an Annotated Translation Including a Commentary by Chen Weiming. Berkeley, California: North atlantic Books. A scholarly examination of the T’ai Chi Classics.
Jou Tsung Hwa. (1980) The Tao of Tai-Chi Chuan. Rutland, Vermont; Charles E. Tuttle Co.
Pang, T.Y. (1987) On Tai Chi Chuan. Bellingham, Washington: Azalea Press.
Diepersloot, Jan. (1995) Warriors of Stillness Vol. 1 Meditative Traditions in the Chinese Martial Arts. Walnut Creek, California: Jan Diepersloot.An attempt to describe some of the “internal” art of T’ai Chi.
Yang, Jwing-ming. (1987) Advanced Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Vol. 1 Tai Chi Theory and Tai Chi Jing. Jamaica Plain, Massachusettes: YOAA, Inc.Includes descriptions of the different “energies” or jings.
Smith, Robert W. (1974) Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods. New York, New York: Kodansha International. An overview of several martial artisits, including Prof. Cheng.
Breslow, Arieh Lev. (1995) Beyond the Closed Door, Chinese Culture and the Creation ofT’ai Chi Ch’uan. Jerusalem, Isreal: The Almond Blossom Press.An historical look at the many philosophical streams that converged in the making of T’ai Chi.
Gibbs, Tam C. Translation. (1981) Lao-Tzu: “My Words are Very Easy to Understand.” Lectures on the Tao Teh Ching by Man-jan Cheng (Cheng Man-ch’ing). Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books. An excellent translation.
Star, Johnathan. Translation. (2001) Tao Te Ching, the Definitive Edition.New York, New York: Tarcher/Penguin. Includes the Chinese characters and their literal translations.
Wilhelm, Richard and Baynes, Cary F. Translators. (1950) The I Ching or Book of Changes. New York, New York: Bollingen Foundation, Inc. The foundation of Chinese culture,as well as the art of T’ai Chi.
Huang, Alfred. Translation. (1998) The Complete I Ching. Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions International.A good compliment to the Wilhelm/Baynes translation.
Sun Tzu. (1988) The Art of War. Translated by Thomas Cleary. Boston, Massachusettes: Shambhala Publications, Ltd. Martial strategy.
Kaptchuk, Ted J. (1983) The Web That Has No Weaver, Understanding Chinese Medicine. Chicago, Illinois: Congdon & Weed, Inc. A comprehensive introduction.