Recommended Books?

Tim's Discussion Board: Tai Ji Quan : Recommended Books?
   By John McDonnell (Unregistered Guest) on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 12:48 pm: Edit Post

I learned Yang short form years ago, and I practice faithfully every day, but it's difficult for me to go to classes. I have four kids, who keep me busy nights and weekends, and that's when most of the classes are. I know it's better to find a good teacher and a class when you want to learn a Tai Chi form, but it's just impossible for me right now.

I'd like to learn a new form, perhaps some new qigong, just something to break up the monotony of doing Yang short form every day. Can anyone recommend a good book, with good pictures, that I can learn from? I'd like to learn Chen, or perhaps another form. I know books aren't the best way to learn, but it's the only option for me right now. Any recommendations?

John McDonnell

   By Bob #2 on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 04:08 pm: Edit Post

Here's a recommendation; Sell the kids to a medical research lab, use the revenue to move closer to a decent teacher.

Heck, if two of the kids are under 4, you could probably travel around the world on the procedes.


   By robert on Wednesday, January 04, 2006 - 07:36 pm: Edit Post

if youre interested in that kind of stuff, why not try some standing post meditation exercises?

   By John McDonnell (Unregistered Guest) on Friday, January 06, 2006 - 12:01 pm: Edit Post

To answer Robert, I have done standing post meditation many times. I worked my way up to 30 minutes a day for about 12 months, but then had to quit because of time pressures. I have to say, I never felt stronger or healthier than when I was doing that simple exercise.

But, getting back to my original post, I'd be happy to hear any recommendations on books, videos, DVDs, etc., for home study. It seems like most of you are working with teachers, and that's terrific, but I'm not able to at the moment.

   By Jason M. Struck on Friday, January 06, 2006 - 03:26 pm: Edit Post

so often, people don't even consider Bob #2's recommendations. That's a shame.

   By robert on Friday, January 06, 2006 - 04:14 pm: Edit Post

you might be able to find some martial arts oriented dvd's at your local library. ive read the tai chi book by chang man-ching, i think it was called the thirteen chapters of tai chi chuan, and there's a sister book to it also, one of them focuses on the fighting aspects of the art, the other one focuses more on the health aspect. it may be a good addition to your knowledge.

   By shlob # 2 (Unregistered Guest) on Monday, January 09, 2006 - 04:22 am: Edit Post

someone should take slob#2 and beat him with one of his many stories over and over and over.

Bring it on shlobby boi.

   By Zenman (Unregistered Guest) on Wednesday, January 18, 2006 - 03:00 am: Edit Post

Just do the 13 postures. Have one kid hang on to each limb for some great training.

   By robert on Monday, January 23, 2006 - 05:37 pm: Edit Post

i found some stuff here at

   By Jerry (Unregistered Guest) on Friday, January 27, 2006 - 12:35 pm: Edit Post


there's actually a ton of stuff out there that you can find on the internet. Alex Dong has a DVD set with long form Yang style, Yang style fast set (he calls it "fa-jing" set and Tung family set that would give you plenty to work on.
Or you could get a dao (broadsword) and a video for that; that would be tons of fun.

Or Wing Lam's Sun style video, or you could get Dan Miller/Park Bok Nam footwork and other exercises for bagua; or a Chen style video; or Tim has a Xingyi Nei Gong exercise video you can work out to.
Whatever catches your fancy.
If you can't find this stuff I can help you, but if you just do a search for taiji video, you should find plenty.

   By cai bai lung on Monday, March 20, 2006 - 07:12 pm: Edit Post

Yang Short Form is (afaik) Beijing-endorsed modern new-frame.

   By Jake Burroughs on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 01:33 pm: Edit Post

AVOID anything by Wing Lam. He is a joke!

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