The best Tai Chi books

As I started reading books about Tai Chi Chuan, I wanted to find out what are the best Tai Chi books. Thus I made my own wishlist of best Tai Chi books based on several recommendations I found all over the internet. I also analyzed the bestseller-lists on Amazon.

I did not find THE no.1 book, but there are 13 books that I consider the best based on my research. Click on the links below (in alphabetical order):

best Tai Chi books

And of course I will keep you updated on the books I read. Some of them have already arrived. I am looking forward to dive into them!

best Tai Chi books

So I think within the next couple of years you will find MANY book reviews here at Qialance!

Plus maybe you are also interested in

Happy Qi!


P.S.: I would like to add that I wrote my first book about Tai Chi! It is The Taijiquan & Qi Gong Dictionary*! I think it is great for any beginners and will help you to get an idea of many words and concepts that are covered in the other books. And I am proud to say that it has some 5-stars ratings on Amazon!

The Taijiquan & Qi Gong Dictionary - especially for Tai Chi beginners


  • Your’re right, though I think many of his books are in German!

  • Hi Angelika,
    Thank you for your great website.
    I have been a tai chi teacher for about 7 years now and have taught simple to complex forms
    to a number of people. I subscribed to your site because when I ask people if they have practiced
    (it is apparent when they do) I’m often told “no, not much”.
    Obviously those who understand the principles are more likely than beginners to benefit from practice
    because they can flow through the forms.
    I have been looking for ideas to stimulate beginners to spend the time practicing. What you suggest
    here is very helpful. I will send them your contact information!
    Warm Regards,

  • thank you for your kind words!
    yes, I truly want people to do Taijiquan and Qi Gong more. Because one only benefits when on practices!

  • All books ok .. best to have a good teacher & train every day before breakfast. I started learning Taijiquan in Singapore in 1971 when I was teaching there & continue to train every morning 6-7am. cheers, lin
    you could contact .. James Tan in Rottweil Germany

  • I agree, one should have a good teacher but it is necessary to learn and read on your own, too!

  • Hi Angelika, I have four of these books, plus a few others, Dr Yang Jwing Ming is one to look up.

  • Hi Angelika; I just found your blog through Pinterest and I am thoroughly enjoying your insight. Regarding books, I would recommend to your followers that “The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan” by Wong Kew Kit as an excellent foundation material. I refer back to it regularly and often make it required reading for students who have begun to show a serious interest in the art.

  • Hi Danel,
    thanks for your comment! I do not know that book yet!

  • Your book list is great. Own 10 out of 12.
    I would add “Embrace Tiger Return to Mountian” by Alysung and the one that got me into Tai Chi in 1984 and playing Tai Chi since 1994. Alan Watts “Watercource Way”
    Touch of Tao Tai Chi
    Yuma Az

  • Hi, thank you for your comment! I haven’t read “Embrace Tiger Return to Mountain” yet, but I heard about it. Will put in onto my reading list!

  • I switched from vigorous daily yoga practice to taijiquan practice so I am a beginner. I am learning Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming’s Tai Chi Chuan Classical Yang Style Long Form. Learning the long form is quite a challenge but I enjoy every minute. I love reading and learning about the Art. I practice 6 hours daily because I started my practice late in life. But I have a great instructor who is has studied with Dr. Yang for over 22 years so I have great direction. I buy books on martial arts and qigong every payday and now I can use your book lists to search for more books to buy. I plan to buy your book this week. Thanks for the great blog.

  • Hi Curtis,
    thank you for your comment. And I am impressed by your dedication to the art, I am sure you will see how your body changes soon.

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