Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Stranded on a desert island with 5 Tai-Chi books...

I have played this mental game for years. What if I'm stranded on a desert island with only five Tai-Chi books. What would they be? How about if I was quarantined and could only bring 5 books? Over the years, since about 1986, the first four have been consistent. The fifth has revolved and evolved. Here is my list, with a few for the fifth place. Enjoy your quarantine!

1. Tai Chi Chuan for Health and Self-Defense by Master T.T. Liang

2. Tai-Chi Touchstones; Yang's Family Secret Transmissions by Douglas Wile

3. Ch'eng Tzu's Thirteen Treatise' on Tai-Chi Chuan trans by Benjamin Lo

4. Tai-Chi Chuan and Meditation by Da Liu

5. On Tai-Chi Chuan by T.Y. Pang

5A There Are No Secrets by Wolfe Lowenthal
5B Fundamentals of Tai-Chi Chuan by Wen-shan Huang
5C Tao of Tai Chi Chuan by Jou Tsung Hua
5D Reeling Silk by Paul B. Gallagher
5E Tai-Chi Chuan, Its Effects and Practical Applications by Yearning K. Chen


  1. All my favs!!! Gotta day, glad to see #5 on your list now - love it!

  2. I'm curious to know more about why these are your favorite books. I'd love to see a sentence or two about what you appreciate about each book.

    1. ps, the comment didn't show up with my name: this is Michelle