Reading List

Reading List

These books are strongly suggested.

“T’ai Chi”    

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.


“The Talent Code”

by Daniel Coyle

Patient, focused practice leads to ability, i.e., talent.
Myelin is “the key to talking, reading, learning skills, being human”.


“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 the Tai Chi teachers 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 provides a good introduction
to the Chinese energy system
along with many excellent illustrations.


More Worthwhile Reading


“Myths to Live By”

by Joseph Campbell

“Our mythology now, therefore,
is to be of infinite space and its light,
which is without as well as within.”


“Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth”

by Buckminster Fuller


“Homo Deus”

by Yuval Noah Harari


“The Spark in the Machine:

How the Science of Acupuncture
Explains the Mysteries of Western Medicine” 

by Dr Daniel Keown


“Dr. Fulford’s Touch of Life:

The Healing Power of the Natural Life Force”

by Robert C. Fulford



The New Science of a Lost Art”

by James Nestor

“The Body Electric:

Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life”

by Robert O. Becker, M. D.


“Guns, Germs and Steel”



by Jared Diamond                                  703-759-9141

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