These books are strongly suggested.
By Cheng Man-ch’ing and Robert W. Smith,
this early, important book is recommended as a beginner’s text.
“Cheng Tzu’s Thirteen Treatises on T’ai Chi Ch’uan”
Written by Cheng Man-ch’ing
and translated by Ben Lo and Martin Inn,
this advanced text must be studied patiently.
“T’ai Chi Ch’uan Ta Wen:
Questions and Answers on Tai Chi Ch’uan”
Written by Chen Wei-Ming
(a Tai Chi classmate of Cheng Man-ch’ing)
and translated by Ben Lo and Robert W. Smith,
this valuable book features Chen’s questions
and the answers of his teacher, Yang Cheng-fu.
“Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods”
by Robert W. Smith
This book recounts Smith’s years in Taiwan (1959-1962)
and the many martial artists he met and with whom he studied.
Especially helpful are the chapters on Cheng Man-ch’ing and Wang Yen-nien.
“Lao Tzu: My Words Are Very Easy To Understand:
Lectures on the Tao Teh Ching”
by Cheng Man-ch’ing
Translated by Tam C. Gibbs,
this is Cheng’s interpretation of the Tao Te Ching.
“Cheng Man-ch’ing and T’ai Chi: Echoes in the Hall of Happiness”
This is a compilation of articles
that previously appeared in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts.
“Essential Anatomy: For Healing and Martial Arts”
by Marc Tedeschi
This is a good introduction to the Chinese energy system.
More Worthwhile Reading
“Myths to Live By”
by Joseph Campbell
“Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth”
by Buckminster Fuller
by Yuval Noah Harari
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