A magazine of martial and movement arts,

with a focus on the internal style of

Tai Chi Chuan

Taijitu Magazine

is published by

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Tai Chi Book Reviews

Reviews of books on tai chi chuan, chi kung, and other martial and movement arts.

Review Criteria

New this Issue

Single Defense Saber

by Jin Yiming

By Title

Acupuncture Medicine: Its Historical and Clinical Background

Yoshiaki Omura, MD

Advanced Nunchaku

Fumio Demura and Dan Ivan

Advanced Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan—Vol. 1: Tai Chi Theory and Tai Chi Jing and Vol. 2: Martial Applications

Yang Jwing-ming

The Art of Breathing: Thirty Simple Exercises for Improving Your Performance and Well-Being

Nancy Zi

The Art of Moving Meditation Tai Chi

Khor Eng Chor

The Big Book of Tai Chi: Build Health Fast in Slow Motion

Bruce Frantzis

The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life

Robert O. Becker, M.D., and Gary Selden

Bo: Karate Weapon of Self-defense

Fumio Demura

The Book of Internal Exercises

Stephen T. Chang, with Richard C. Miller

Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Cheng Man-ch'ing (Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo & Martin Inn, trans.)

Chen Taijiquan: The Inner Circle of Secrecy

Michael A. DeMarco

Chinese Wand Exercises

Bruce L. Johnson

The Chinese Way to a Long and Healthy Life: Diet, Exercise, Massage

Compiled and edited by the People's Medical Publishing House, Beijing, China

The Chi Revolution: Harness the Power of Your Life Force

Bruce Frantzis

Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu: Chinese Art of Self-defense

Leo T. Fong

Classical Northern Wu Style Tai Ji Quan: The Fighting Art of the Manchurian Palace Guard

Tina Chunna Zhang & Frank Allen

The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan: A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Practice

Wong Kiew Kit

Cultivating the Ch'i

Chen, Yearning K. (Chen Kung), compiled and translated by Stuart Alve Olson

Dragonbolt: A Bora-Yong Self-defense Course

D. H. Elder

The Essence of T'ai Chi Ch'uan: The Literary Tradition

Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo, Martin Inn, Robert Amacker, and Susan Foe

Essential Concepts of Tai Chi: It is-It is Not-IT IS

William Ting

The Fundamentals of Goju-ryu Karate

Gosei Yamaguchi

Fundamentals of Tai Chi Ch'uan

Wen-Shan Huang

Goju-ryu Karate II

Gosei Yamaguchi

Hapkido: Korean Art of Self-Defense

Bong Soo Han

Hsing-I: Chinese Mind-Body Boxing

Robert W. Smith

Hung Gar Kung-Fu

Bucksam Song and Eugene H. Ho

Illustrations of Thirteen Tai-Chi Sword

Li Zhen

The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands: A Gateway to Advanced T'ai Chi Practice

Robert Tangora

An Introduction to Tai Chi and Taoist Energy Meditation

Gary Khor

Karate: The Open Hand and Foot Fighting

Bruce Tegner

Laoshi's Legacy: Emergence from Shadow

Jan Kauskas

Laoshi: Tai Chi, Teachers, and Pursuit of Principle

Jan Kauskas

Lost T'ai-chi Classics from the Late Ch'ing Dynasty

Douglas Wile

Manual of Judo

E. J. Harrison

Master Cheng's Thirteen Chapters on T'ai-Chi Ch'uan

Cheng Man-Ch'ing (Douglas Wile, trans.)

Movements of Magic: The Spirit of T'ai-Chi-Ch'uan

Bob Klein

Nunchaku: Karate Weapon of Self-defense

Fumio Demura

Pa-kua: Chinese Boxing for Fitness and Self-Defense

Robert W. Smith

Pa-Kua: The Gentle Art of Health

John Painter

Palgue 1•2•3 of Tae Kwon Do

Kim Pyung Soo

The Power of the Internal Martial Arts and Chi: Combat and Energy Secrets of Ba Gua, Tai Chi, and Hsing-I

Bruce Frantzis

Practical Chin Na: A Detailed Analysis of the Art of Seizing and Locking

Zhao Da Yuan, translated by Tim Cartmell

Practical Use of Tai Chi Chuan: Its Applications and Variations

Yeung Sau Chung

Primordial Pugilism (Tai Chi Chuan)

Tseng Ju-Pai

Prolonging Life: Ridding Illness without Medicine

Yin Qianhe

The Research into Techniques and Reasoning of T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Yiu Kwong

Sai: Karate Weapon of Self-defense

Fumio Demura

Savate: French Foot Fighting

Bruce Tegner

The Second Brain: A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestines

Michael D. Gershon, M.D.

The Secret Arts of Chinese Leg Manoeuvres

Lee Ying-arng

Secrets of Chinese Karate

Ed Parker

Secrets of the Tai Chi Circle: Journey to Enlightenment

Luke Chan

Shito-ryu Karate

Fumio Demura

Sil Lum Kung-Fu: The Chinese Art of Self-defense

Leo T. Fong

Single Defense Saber

Jin Yiming

Stick Fighting for Self-defense: Yawara, Aikido, Cane, Police Club, Quarter-staff

Bruce Tegner

Tai Chi Bang: Eight-Immortal Flute

Jesse Tsao, with Bill Coffey

The Tai Chi Book: Refining and Enjoying a Lifetime of Practice

Robert Chuckrow

Tai Chi Chuan

William C. C. Chen

Tai Chi Chuan

Douglas Lee

Tai Chi Chuan

Her Yue Wong

Tai-Chi Chuan

Yang Ming-shih

T'ai Chi Ch'uan and I Ching: A Choreography of Body and Mind

Da Liu

T'ai Chi Ch'uan: A Simplified Method of Calisthenic for Health & Self Defense

Cheng Man-ch'ing

T'ai-Chi Ch'uan: Body and Mind in Harmony—The Integration of Meaning and Method

Sophia Delza

Tai-Chi Chuan: Its Effects and Practical Applications

Yearning K. Chen (Chen Kung)

Tai Chi Chuan's Internal Secrets

Doc Fai Wong and Jane Hallander

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Ta Wen: Questions and Answers on T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Chen Wei-ming (translated by Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo and Robert W. Smith

Tai Chi Classics

Waysun Liao

Tai Chi Dynamics: Principles of Natural Movement, Health, and Self-Development

Robert Chuckrow

Tai Chi Eleven

Gene Po Wong

Tai Chi for Health

Edward Maisel

T'ai Chi for Two: The Practice of Push Hands

Paul Crompton

Tai Chi Handbook

Herman Kauz

T'ai Chi Nude

F.L. Yu

Tai Chi Peng: Root Power Rising

Scott Meredith

Tai Chi Sabre for Self-Defense

Tom Marks

Tai Chi Secrets of the Wu Style

Yang Jwing-Ming

T'ai Chi Sword, Sabre & Staff

Chen, Yearning K. (Chen Kung), compiled and translated by Stuart Alve Olson

Tai Chi Tao

Cai Long

Tai Chi: The Supreme Ultimate

Lawrence Galante

T'ai-Chi: The "Supreme Ultimate" Exercise for Health, Sport, and Self-Defense

Cheng Man-ch'ing

Tai Chi 37: Fist and Qi

Gene Po Wong

T'ai-chi Touchstones: Yang Family Secret Transmissions

Douglas Wile

Tai Ji Bing Shu: Discourses on the Taijiquan Weapon Arts of Sword, Saber, and Staff (Chen Kung Series, V. 6)

Chen, Yearning K. (Chen Kung), compiled and translated by Stuart Alve Olson

Tai Ji Jin: Discourses on Intrinsic Energies for Mastery of Self-Defense Skills (Chen Kung Series, V. 2)

Chen, Yearning K. (Chen Kung), compiled and translated by Stuart Alve Olson

Tai Ji Qi: Fundamentals of Qigong, Meditation, and Internal Alchemy (Chen Kung Series, V. 1)

Chen, Yearning K. (Chen Kung), compiled and translated by Stuart Alve Olson

Tai Ji Quan: Practice and Applications of the 105-Posture Solo Form (Chen Kung Series, V. 3)

Chen, Yearning K. (Chen Kung), compiled and translated by Stuart Alve Olson

Taijiquan Theory of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming: The Root of Taijiquan

Yang, Jwing-Ming

Tai Ji San Shou & Da Lu: Mastering the Two-Person Application Skills (Chen Kung Series, V. 5)

Chen, Yearning K. (Chen Kung), compiled and translated by Stuart Alve Olson

Tai Ji Tui Shou: Mastering the Eight Styles and Four Skills of Sensing Hands (Chen Kung Series, V. 4)

Chen, Yearning K. (Chen Kung), compiled and translated by Stuart Alve Olson

Tai Ji Wen: The Principles and Theories for Mastering Taijiquan (Chen Kung Series, V. 7)

Chen, Yearning K. (Chen Kung), compiled and translated by Stuart Alve Olson

Tao and T'ai Chi Kung

Robert C. Sohn

The Tao of Health and Longevity

Da Liu

The Tao of Tai Chi Chuan

Jou, Tsung-hwa

Thirteen Chapters

Cheng Man-ching

Tui Shou & San Shou in T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Yiu Kwong

Wave Hands Like Clouds

Li Po & Ananda

White Crane Gung-Fu: Chinese Art of Self-Defense

Michael P. Staples

Wu Style Taichichuan: Forms, Concepts and Applications of the Original Style

Wu Ying-hua and Ma Yueh-liang

Wu Style Taichichuan Tuishou

Ma Yueh-liang & Zee Wen, MD

The Wu Style of Tai Chi Chuan

Tinn Chan Lee

Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan

Wu Kung Cho

Wu Style Taijiquan

Wang Peisheng & Zeng Weiqi

By Author

Allen, Frank

Amacker, Robert

Ananda

Becker, Robert O., M.D.

Bong Soo Han

Cartmell, Tim

Chan, Luke

Chang, Stephen T.

Chen, Kung (Yearning K. Chen)

Chen, Wei-ming

Chen, William C. C.

Chen, Yearning K. (Chen Kung)

Cheng, Man-ch'ing

Chuckrow, Robert

Coffey, Bill

Crompton, Paul

Delza, Sophia

DeMarco, Michael A.

Demura, Fumio

Elder, D. H.

Foe, Susan

Fong, Leo T.

Frantzis, Bruce

Galante, Lawrence

Gershon, Michael D., M.D.

Hallander, Jane

Harrison, E. J.

Ho, Eugene H.

Huang, Wen-Shan

Inn, Martin

Ivan, Dan

Advanced Nunchaku (and Fumio Demura)

Jin Yiming

Single Defense Saber

Johnson, Bruce L.

Jou, Tsung-hwa

Kauskas, Jan

Kauz, Herman

Khor, Eng Chor

Khor, Gary

Kim Pyung Soo

Klein, Bob

Kong, Bucksam

Lee, Douglas

Lee, Tinn Chan

Lee, Ying-arng

Liao, Waysun

Liu, Da

Lo, Benjamin Pang Jeng

Long, Cai

Ma, Yueh-liang

Maisel, Edward

Marks, Tom

Meredith, Scott

Miller, Richard C.

Olson, Stuart Alve

Omura, Yoshiaki, MD

Painter, John

Parker, Ed

The People's Medical Publishing House, Beijing, China

Po, Li

Selden, Gary

Smith, Robert W.

Sohn, Robert C.

Staples, Michael P.

Tangora, Robert

Tegner, Bruce

Ting, William

Tsao, Jesse

Tseng, Beauson

Tseng, Ju-pai

Wang, Peisheng

Wile, Douglas

Wong, Doc Fai,

Wong, Gene Po

Wong, Her Yue

Wong, Kiew Kit

Wu Kung Cho

Wu, Ying-hua

Yamaguchi, Gosei

Yang, Jwing-Ming

Yang Ming-Shih

Yeung, Sau Chung

Yin Qianhe

Yiu, Kwong

Yu, F.L.

Zee Wen

Zeng Weiqi

Zhang, Tina Chunna

Zhao, Da Yuan

Zhen, Li

Zi, Nancy