These books are strongly suggested.
“T’ai Chi; The Supreme Ultimate”
By Cheng Man-ch’ing and Robert W. Smith,
this early, important book is recommended as a beginner’s text.
“The Essence of T’ai Chi Ch’uan; The Literary Tradition”
Translated by Benjamin Peng Jeng Lo, Martin Inn, Robert Amacker and Susan Foe,
this essential text of ancient wisdom must be read and reread.
“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 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.
“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”.
The New Science of a Lost Art”
by James Nestor
An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones”
by James Clear
More Worthwhile Reading
The Lure and The Lies of Processed Food, Nutrition and Modern Medicine”
by Robert H. Lustig, MD
Help yourself and the planet by reading the above websites.
“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
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 Body Electric:
Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life”
by Robert O. Becker, M. D.
“Guns, Germs and Steel”
by Jared Diamond
“What Every Body Is Saying”
by Joe Navarro
This is an interesting look at body language and helpful to Tui Shou students.
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