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Recommended Reading: T’ai Chi Ch’uan

T’ai Chi Ch’uan & Meditation by Da Liu. Schocken Books

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cover art to tai chi boxing chronicle with link to amazon.comThe T’ai Chi Boxing Chronicle by Kuo Lien-Ying, transl. by Guttmann. North Atlantic Books
Kuo Lien-Ying is the Chinese master who first taught Kuang Ping style taijiquan in the US.
Lost T’ai-Chi Classics from the Late Ch’ing Dynasty by Douglas Wile, SUNY Press.
Historical background of Kuang Ping, Yang, Chen, Wu and Sun styles. Excellent resource for the taijiquan player who wants to know more about the development of taijiquan against the backdrop of the Boxer Rebellion.

The Complete Book of T’ai Chi Ch’uan by Wong Kiew Kit, Element Books.
Definitely complete — covers several styles of t’ai chi ch’uan, with diagrams; useful reference for the taijiquan player.

*note: t’ai chi ch’uan is the old Wade Giles transliteration; taijiquan is the modern Mandarin pinyin spelling. Properly, both are referred to with ch’uan/quan (fist) on the end, but popularly in the west, this gets dropped.

T’ai chi ch’uan literally translates as “grand ultimate fist”. The grand ultimate is symbolized by what we in the west call the ‘yin-yang symbol’ (the t’ai chi t’u). This symbol illustrates the concept of a still point at the center of dynamic movement.

T’ai chi ch’uan is an excellent adjunct to acupuncture treatment. Because it is a moving exercise, and the movements have been designed to promote qi flow in certain meridians in a certain sequence, it helps resolve many types of pain patterns. Its use of movement together with standing makes it ideal for women with menstrual difficulties, menopausal symptoms, or women recovering from childbirth because it promotes free flow of qi through the uterus.