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tai chi 24 books

tai chi 24 book list

collection of shibashi books There must be hundreds of books about the tai chi 24 form and we can't read them all, much as we would like to.

What we have done is provided a list of the books most recommended by friends, teachers and readers at the various on-line book stores.


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We have also tried to include a mix of modern books  written in the last few years, which tend to concentrate on the mechanics of tai chi postures, and older books.

Older books tend to focus a lot more on the philosophy behind tai chi and the principles.


Beginning T'ai Chi

book beginning tai chi by Tri Thong Dang ISBN: 0-80482-001-5
The first tai chi book we ever bought. We learned the simplified Beijing 24 form from this (as well as going to classes). And let me tell you it is not easy holding the book at arms length while trying to do snake creeps down. We liked it .
You should be able to order this from most good book shops or Amazon. And, we should mention that there are at least 3 different versions of the cover - Rosie nearly bought it twice!

read 4 and 5 star reviews at Amazon USA

read 4 star reviews at Amazon UK


t'ai chi - a flow motion book

tai chi book in flowmotion by James Drewe ISBN1-85906-081-1
We love this because it's a flow motion book. That means there are shadow pictures showing the sequence of the movements in the Beijing 24 form - like slow motion stills. What it means is that you can see all the intermediate action not just the final posture. Great for those tricky transitions where you end up wrong footed ...

Well worth a look. 

read 5 star review at Amazon USA

only available from Amazon UK marketplace


Tai Chi for Beginners and the 24 Forms

 tai chi book for beginners by Dr Paul Lam and Nancy Kaye

 This book contains step-by-step instructions and photos of the Six Easy Steps for the Beginners and 24 Forms. It also shows you how to progress to higher levels of tai chi.

Not seen this one but Rosie trained with Paul Lam and has his other stuff - she would try unseen.

read more about the book




Tai Chi Chuan: 24 & 48 Postures with Martial Applications

tai chi chuan book 24 and 48 posturesby Liang Shou-Yu

One of China's top-ranked coaches to Tai Chi provides an illustrated guide to the 24 and 48 postures, including tips on breathing, aligning the body, and developing Chi. Martial applications are also surveyed in a presentation notable for its many step-by-step black and white photos which excel in illustrating positions and movements.

from not so good to near perfect - read the Amazon USA reviews

from 5 stars to 1 star - read what Amazon UK say about it

Clearly a tai chi book you either love or hate - it might depend on your level of experience


Tai Chi for Health: The 24 Simplified Forms

cover tai chi book by Cheng Zhao and Don Zhao 

Teaches how to perform the 24 forms in a manner that is accurate while being easy and fun to learn.  Also serve as a reference for the experienced Tai Chi Chuan enthusiast.

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