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chen tai chi book covers  Chen tai chi books seem to be thin on the ground - or it may be that the style is hidden away in the inside of a book that looks like general tai chi. Here's what we found so far.

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Chen Style: The Source of Taijiquan

the source of taijiquan cover By David Gaffney, Davidine Siaw-Voon Sim ISBN 1556433778

A well researched and detailed book drawing from the Chen family writings and the Taiji classics

It covers the history of Chen style taijiquan, Taiji theory, push hands, weapon forms and Chen family legends.

Gets good reviews from Amazon readers


Old Frame Chen Family Taijiquan

old frame chen family Theory and instruction explained in terms of body mechanics  covering the fundamentals and the basics. Good instructions and fair photographs.

Includes coverage of the martial applications and push hands.

Good coverage of history and the evolution of tai chi with references and interpreted sections from the Taijiquan classics of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.



Taijiquan: Chen Taiji 38 Short Form and Applications

taijiquan cover

Covers the history of Chen style taiji and provides  instruction and clear photographs for the 38 sections of the form. It then goes into the self-defence applications of the some of the movements in the form.



Tai Chi for Health (Paperback)

by Master Liming Yue and Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei

The focus is on the health benefits of Tai Chi using the official Chen Style 18 Short Form, Silk Reeling Energy and Qigong exercises.

Detailed full colour illustrated instructions and in-depth discussion of the theories behind Tai Chi practice.

The second half of the book is a collection of articles about the experiences people have with tai chi.

And there  is a  companion DVD.



Chen Style Taijiquan, Sword and Broadsword

by Chen Zhenglei, translated by Chen Bin

begins by explaining the Ten Elements of Taijiquan and the Thirteen Elements of Chen Style Taijiquan. With lots of illustrations it describes basic theory, physical requirements, postural movements, Qi circulation, and self defense applications for nearly every move.

All movements in the full Chen Style Small Frame method with its First Routine are broken down into detail, individually for each part of the body.

 Also includes instructions on several Silk Reeling exercises and standing meditations.



The Chen-style Taijiquan for Life Enhancement

chen style taijiquan for life by Chen Zheng Lei and Xu Hailiang

This book teaches standing pole, silk reeling exercises, qigong, meditation, and the Simplified 18 Chen form. Each movement is explained in detail and accompanied with a small section called 'Key to the movement'

The book is bi-lingual (English-Chinese) and has lots of clear pictures of master Chen Zhenglei accompanying the instructions.



Chen Style T'Ai Chi Ch'Uan:Thirty-Six and Fifty-Six Movements

chen style tai chi cover By Yanling Xing, Shing Yen-Ling, and Ling Shing Yen.

Only gets average reviews at Amazon and there don't seem to many mentions of it elsewhere.




Chen Style Taijiquan

Chen Style Taijiquan cover by Feng Zhiqiang and Chen Xiaowang.

The focus is primarily on fighting applications of the Chen style with lots of photos of martial applications of the Chen long form and cannon fist.

It is a step by step walk through the applications of the two main Chen routines as interpreted by Feng. It also contains a section on the 38 forms performed by Chen Xiaowang.


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