T’ai Chi Classical Literature for Fighting with T’ai Chi Ch’uan

Last update: 7/6/2015
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Extracted are parts (cutting out the fat) of the Tai Chi Classics that relate to fighting, opponents, and how to respond using the Tai Chi principles and theory. This is not for the theorist, but for the pugilist. For fighters by fighters.

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Song of the Strike Hands– Wu Cheng-Qing
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Important training keys in stepping and striking – Li Yu-Yu
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Tai Chi Chuan Ching- Zhang San-Feng

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Tai Chi Chuan Lun (Theory of Tai Chi Boxing) Wang Tsung-yueh
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The 13 postures and Mind:

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Body Principles by Wu Yu-hsiang

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4 Character Secret Transmission by Wu Yu-hsing

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Song of the 8 ways by Tan Meng Hsien

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Song of the 5 steps by Tan Meng-hsien

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9 secret Transmission by Wu meng-Xia

Song of the 13 posture applications

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Secret of the 13 postures

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The secret of Yin and Yang

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Secret of the 5 Character classic

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Yang Family manuscripts by Shen Chia-chen

Meaning of Stick, Adhere, Join and Follow

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Yang Lu Chan commentary on the classics:

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Yang Chen Fu’s Essence and Applications:

Sizing up and Opponent

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Tai Chi Ta Wen: Questions and Answers.

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Suggested reading and Reference list:

T’ai-Chi The “Supreme Ultimate” Exercise for Health, Sport, and Self-Defense- Cheng Man-Ch’ing and Robert W. Smith

Yang Family Secret Transmissions complied by Douglas Wile.

Tai Chi Secrets of the Wu and Li Styles. complied by Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming.

Tai Chi secrets of the Yang Style. complied by Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming.

Lost T’ai-Chi Classics from the Late Ch’ing Dynasty.- Douglas Wile.

The Taijiquan Classics- An Annotated Translation Including commentary by Chen Weiming.– Barbara Davis.

T’ai Chi Ch’uan Ta Wen, Questions and Answers on T’ai Chi Chuan by Chen Wei-Ming. translated by Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo and Robert W. Smith.

The Essence of T’ai Chi Chuan, The Literary Tradition. Lo/Inn/Amacker/Foe.

Annotations on Taijiquan’s Nine Songs and 81 postures. Wu Meng Xia translated by Marcus Brinkman.

Taijiquan Shu: Taijiquan Power Enhancement. Xu Yu-Sheng translated by Bradford Tyrey.

Full versions of Tai Chi Classics can be found at Lee Scheele’s Taijiquan Links page Click Here

Paul Brennan’s Translation Blog is a MASSIVE share of many translated Tai Chi Chuan and Internal Arts Texts.

Classic: Lee Ying Arg

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Coach Matt Stampe is a Database Administrator and I.T. professional. In the world of Bodywork, he has been a Massage Therapist, and is currently a student at Virginia University of Oriental Medicine (VUOM.edu). He has taught hundreds of people Authentic Tai Chi Kung fu for over 25 years at places including: Kung fu schools, Parks and Recreation centers, Chinese schools, Martial arts clubs, MMA/Boxing gyms, and Acupuncture Universities. He has positively impacted peoples lives whether for health, sport, strength, and spirit. As a true combat athlete and fighter, he teaches realistic methods so people can be confident to defend themselves. (without all the woo-woo mystical BS.)
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