Recommended reading

I would recommend the following books to assist with your learning and practice.  Please note that not all of these are for beginners.  They are available in hardcopy or as ebooks.

  • Complete Tai Chi Chuan, Dan Docherty - Amazon

  • The Tai Chi Bible: The definitive guide to decoding the Tai Chi form, Dan Docherty - Amazon

  • The Qigong Bible, Katherine Allen - Amazon

  • Phoenix in Graceful Clouds of Blessing, Joe Lok - Website

  • Chinese Gung Fu: The Philosophical Art of Self Defence, Bruce Lee - Amazon

  • Chinese-English and English-Chinese Wushu Dictionary, Duan Ping and Zhang Shouzi

  • Taiji Yangsheng Chinese, Zhao Yanxia, Liu Dongqing & Mark Langweiler - Amazon

  • The Major Methods of Wudang Sword, Huang Yuan Xiou - Cypress Books

  • Tai Chi Sword Classical Yang Style: The Complete Form, Qigong, and Applications, Dr Yang, Jwing-Ming - Amazon

  • A Practical Guide to Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship, Scott M Rodell - Amazon

  • Chinese Swordsmanship: The Yang Family Taiji Jian Tradition, Scott M Rodell - Amazon

  • Essentials of the Fist - Ancient Martial Arts Training Principles, Jack Chen - Amazon

  • Secrets of the Samurai, Oscar Ratti & Adele Westbrook - Amazon

  • Budo Secrets: Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters, John Stevens - Amazon

  • Ancient Chinese Weapons: A Martial Artist's Guide: A Martial Arts, Dr Yang, Jwing-Ming - Amazon

  • The Way of the Warrior: Martial Arts and Fighting Styles from Around the World, Chris Crudelli - Amazon

  • Taoism: An Essential Guide, Eva Wong - Amazon

  • Being Taoist: Wisdom for Living a Balanced Life, Eva Wong - Amazon

  • Seven Taoist Masters: A Folk Novel of China, Eva Wong - Amazon

  • The Tao of Pooh & The Te of Piglet, Benjamin Hoof - Amazon

Where to buy books?
The obvious place would be Amazon, but if you're happy with ebooks, you could also try Kindle or Apple Books.  Sadly. we live in an age where physical bookshops are a becoming fewer in numbers.  In my university days, I used to hang around the big London bookshops like Waterstones in Piccadilly and Borders along Oxford Street.  In those days, you really did enjoy the luxury of choice.  These days, the martial arts section of any bookshop probably won't have the books you need.  Luckily, there are books on Chinese culture or martial arts, which have been translated into English.  In Chinatown London, there is only one books shop, Guanghwa Bookshop.  Guanghwa Bookshop has been around for nearly thirty years and is the go-to place for Chinese books, gifts and art equipment.  Whilst it isn't a large shop, I have found many gems in there.  I recently found out that you can order online too.  If you enjoy browsing books, why not pay them a visit?

 

Guanghwa Bookshop

112 Shaftesbury Ave

London

W1D 5EJ

 

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