T'ai Chi

Developing Jin

Silk-Reeling Power in Tai Chi and the Internal Martial Arts

Written by Phillip Starr
Price: $18.95
Blue Snake Books

Developing Jin provides a complete and progressive training regimen for increasing and refining chansi-jin, also known as silk-reeling power or coiling power--the true power of the internal martial arts. With step-by-step instructions and photographs, experienced teacher Philip Starr walks readers through a variety of techniques designed to help practitioners feel and...

The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands

A Gateway to Advanced T'ai Chi Practice

Written by Robert Tangora, Foreword by Michael J. Gelb
Price: $17.95
Blue Snake Books

The Internal Structure of Cloud Hands offers readers an in-depth look into the art of T'ai Chi Ch'uan via the practice of Cloud Hands, a foundational exercise common to all schools of this popular martial art. Part theoretical treatise, part training manual, this book facilitates a deeper understanding of "internal" movement...

Bagua and Tai Chi

Exploring the Potential of Chi, Martial Arts, Meditation and the I Ching

Written by Bruce Frantzis
Price: $19.95
Blue Snake Books

In Bagua and Tai Chi, noted teacher Bruce Frantzis demonstrates through these two important practices what is required to develop and embody high levels of chi flow. Inside the slow-motion movements of tai chi is a sophisticated mind/body/spirit practice. Derived from the I Ching (Book of Changes), bagua is unique in...

Cultivating Qi

An Introduction to Chinese Body-Mind Energetics

Written by Jun Wang, Ph.D., C.M.D.
Price: $16.95
North Atlantic Books

While Chinese acupuncture and herbalism enjoy widespread popularity in the West, traditional Chinese exercise techniques—with the exception of qi gong—have rarely been taught outside China. This book is designed to change that. Written by Jun Wang, a doctor of Chinese medicine, Cultivating Qi draws on classic Chinese texts to introduce these...

The Major Methods of Wudang Sword

Written by Huang Yuan Xiou, Commentaries by Master Chang Wu Na, Translated by Dr. Lu Mei-hui
Price: $16.95
Blue Snake Books

Originally published in Chinese in 1930, The Major Methods of Wudang Sword has become a contemporary classic in the field of traditional Chinese martial arts. Written by Huang Yuan Xiou, the disciple of Li Jing-Lin—China’s most celebrated sword practitioner—this edition now introduces English readers to the fascinating world of traditional Chinese...

The Complete Taiji Dao

The Art of the Chinese Saber

Written by Zhang Yun
Price: $27.95
Blue Snake Books

The dao, a single-edged sword with a curved blade, is one of the most popular weapons in traditional Chinese martial arts. The art of Taiji Dao is a set of skills for using the dao, derived from the popular martial art Taijiquan. One of the most important aspects of Taijiquan practice...

The Philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan

Wisdom from Confucius, Lao Tzu, and Other Great Thinkers

Written by Freya Boedicker and Martin Boedicker
Price: $14.95
Blue Snake Books

The essence of Tai Chi Chuan lies in the rich philosophy of ancient China. While most Tai Chi practitioners are aware of the value that studying Chinese philosophy can bring to their practice, it is often difficult to pick out those texts that are most relevant to Tai Chi and connected...

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

Written by Cheng Man-ch'ing  , Translated by Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo and Martin Inn
Price: $18.95
Blue Snake Books

Millions of people worldwide practice t’ai chi, the most popular form of which was codified beginning in the 1960s by Cheng Man Ch’ing. In this scholarly yet practical book, Professor Cheng shows precisely how the postures and moves of t’ai chi work, with examples from anatomy and physics, both internally as...

Yang Style Traditional Long Form T'ai Chi Ch'uan

As Taught by T.T. Liang

Written by Gordon Muir
Price: $16.95
Blue Snake Books

Gordon Muir began his martial arts studies at the age of twelve, followed by years of serious study of a wide variety of disciplines including judo, kyokushinkai, karate, kempo, several kung fu styles, and kickboxing. Eventually he discovered the internal martial arts, which led to t’ai chi and Master T. T...

Nei Jia Quan, Second Edition

Internal Martial Arts

Written by Jess O'Brien
Price: $21.95
Blue Snake Books

In this illuminating book, prominent masters offer an informed, inside view of the Chinese internal martial arts known collectively as “nei jia quan”–those practices that emphasize awareness of the spirit, mind, qi (breath, or energy flow), and the use of relaxed leverage rather than brute force. Drawing from enduring traditions practiced...

The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi

Combat and Energy Secrets of Ba Gua, Tai Chi and Hsing-I

Written by Bruce Frantzis
Price: $27.95
Blue Snake Books

Originally published in 1998, this book has become a martial arts classic. It provides detailed descriptions of the three main internal martial arts—tai chi (taiji), hsing-i (xingyi) and ba gua (pakua)—and their sub-styles, as well as how they differ from each other and from such external arts as karate, tae kwon...

Classical Northern Wu Style Tai Ji Quan

The Fighting Art of the Manchurian Palace Guard

Written by Tina Chunna Zhang and Frank Allen
Price: $21.95
Blue Snake Books

Here is the original, rarely seen Tai Ji Quan developed by Yang Lu Chan's best Imperial Palace Guard student, Quan You, over 150 years ago. While other styles branched off into sport, health, and meditation, Quan You's disciples preserved the traditional ways. This book covers the principles, characteristics, and essentials of...

Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan

Written by Fu Zhongwen, Translated by Louis Swaim
Price: $16.95
Blue Snake Books

Fu Zhongwen's classic guide offers the best documentation available of the Yang style of taijiquan. The superbly detailed form instructions and historic line art drawings are based on Fu’s many years as a disciple of Yang Chengfu, taijiquan’s legendary founder. Also included are concise descriptions of fixed-step, moving-step, and da lu...

Tai Chi

Health for Life

Written by Bruce Frantzis
Price: $24.95
Blue Snake Books

According to Time Magazine, tai chi is “the perfect exercise.”

Tai chi’s incredible powers are reflected in its popularity. Over 200 million practitioners worldwide—young, old, athletic, sedentary, chronically ill, overweight—are using tai chi’s slow, graceful movements as a potent preventative health care practice to regain control of their health, boost high performance...

Combat Techniques of Taiji, Xingyi, and Bagua

Principles and Practices of Internal Martial Arts

Written by Lu Shengli, Translated by Zhang Yun
Price: $22.95
Blue Snake Books

The combat techniques of Tai Ji, Ba Gua, and Xing Yi were forbidden during China's Cultural Revolution, but the teachings of grandmaster Wang Pei Shing have survived. This comprehensive guide, written by one of his students, selects core movements from each practice and gives the student powerful tools to recognize the...

Taijiquan

Through the Western Gate

Written by Rick Barrett
Price: $16.95
Blue Snake Books

Written specifically for the Western practitioner, Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate blends modern science and philosophy with the traditional wisdoms—drawn from classic t'ai chi literature—that underlie Chinese martial arts. Author Rick Barrett authoritatively describes a wide range of movements, practices, and positions in the context of such topics as being in...

Scholar Boxer

Chang Naizhou's Theory of Internal Martial Arts and the Evolution of Taijiquan

Written by Chang Naizhou, Edited by Marnix Wells, Translated by Marnix Wells
Price: $18.95
Blue Snake Books

Master Cháng, known as the “scholar-boxer,” lived and practiced in Hénán province, at the center of Chinese culture and martial arts near the Shàolín Temple and legendary Luòyáng. His extensive writings reflect many of the ideas, even the phraseology, now familiar from classic Tai Chi Chuan texts. Chinese-language authority Marnix Wells...

The Essence and Applications of Taijiquan

Written by Yang Chengfu, Translated by Louis Swaim
Price: $16.95
North Atlantic Books

The publication in 1934 of Yang Chengfu's book, Essence and Applications of Taijiquan (Taijiquan Tiyong Quanshu) marked a milestone in the modern evolution of the art of taijiquan. Using what is best-termed demonstration narrative, the author presents form postures and suggested applications from his own perspective, as he performed them. This...

Yin-Yang in Tai-Chi Chuan and Daily Life

Written by Simmone Kuo, Preface by Jonas Hamilton, Foreword by John Bratten, Introduction by Daniel Rybold
Price: $18.95
Blue Snake Books

In Yin-Yang in Tai-Chi Chuan and Daily Life, Simmone Kuo provides the philosophical context for the practice of this popular martial art, showing how Taoist, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions have shaped the practice of Tai-Chi Chuan. Included here are student accounts of the strong impressions Mme. Kuo made on her students...

Old Frame Chen Family Taijiquan

Written by Mark Chen, Foreword by Kenneth Chung
Price: $19.95
Blue Snake Books

Chen Family (or Chen Style) Taiji is the ancestor of all Taiji systems. Unlike many of the easy, meditative Taiji forms practiced in the West, Chen Style Taiji is a highly evolved martial art. Newcomers to the art will find useful information on how to identify a qualified instructor, while the...

The Taijiquan Classics

An Annotated Translation

Written by Barbara Davis, Commentaries by Chen Wei-Ming
Price: $19.95
Blue Snake Books

Along with Chinese art, medicine, and philosophy, taijiquan has left the confines of its original culture, and offers health, relaxation, and a method of self-defense to people around the globe. Using the early texts now known as The Taijiquan Classics which have served as a touchstone for t’ai chi practitioners for...

A Study of Taijiquan

Written by Sun Lutang, Translated by Tim Cartmell
Price: $16.95
Blue Snake Books

This extensively illustrated primer is the first English edition of Sun's classic 1919 book which explores both the theory and practice of the style, with emphasis on movements and postures. Tim Cartmell's translation provides both a standard by which practitioners can judge themselves and valuable information relevant to all versions of...

Steal My Art

The Life and Times of T'ai Chi Master, T.T. Liang

Written by Stuart Olson
Price: $16.95
North Atlantic Books

Now 101 years old, Master T. T. Liang came to the U.S. from Taiwan in the 1960s to introduce t'ai chi to America. His life story is full of the stuff that makes a great martial arts adventure: a career as a high-ranking government official, street fights and shootouts, opium dens...

Chen Style Taijiquan

The Source of Taiji Boxing

Written by Davidine Sim and David Gaffney
Price: $17.95
Blue Snake Books

As Taijiquan has become increasingly popular, many people have inquired into its origins and development. Answers can be found in the Chen Style, the original method from Chen Village, Henan Province in the People's Republic of China. This book guides the reader through the historical development of the system, its philosophical...

Taiji Sword and Other Writings

Written by Chen Wei-Ming, Translated by Barbara Davis
Price: $14.95
Blue Snake Books

A longtime student of the taiji grand master Yang Cheng-Fu, Chen Wei-Ming became famous himself as a scholar, martial artist, and proponent of the Yang style of t'ai chi. In the 1920s, he wrote a number of influential books on taiji, among them Taiji Sword (1927), which detailed a rare method...

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