Book Review – T’ai Chi by Cheng Man-ch-ing

T’ai Chi by Cheng Man-ch’ing and R. Smith, Tuttle, Vermont 1967

This is a hardback. It has a few chapters of discussion – history, principles, a brief discussion of push hands, a few martial applications, and translations of a few of the Classics. Most of the book presents CMC’s shortened version of the Yang style with good B&W photos of CMC (Cheng Man-ch’ing), weight diagrams for the feet and decent descriptions of the movements. The book also includes a fold-out of all the movement photos and another that shows the foot placements.

For those who do the CMC form, this book is the definitive description of the movements of the form. The brief additional material also merits periodic review.