Some Youtube links to the forms we practice
This contains instruction from two different teaching DVDs. Although the audio is in Chinese the videos are helpful.
This is performed outside so the angles are different from green screen views
This is a playlist. Each video is a lesson on a single movement in the routine.
The entire Lao Jia Yilu as performed by Chen Zhenglei. Pinyin and German subtitles.
Recommended Book List
by Yang Yang
Not so much how as why!
by Li Deyin
by Liang Shou-Yu, Wu Wen-Ching
by C.P. Ong
This book includes some history and other context content for beginners, but I find the explanation of essential Taijiquan theory is where this book shines! C. P.'s language borders on academic, but it is a natural voice. I know him, and he writes like he speaks, precise and to the point. If you have already studied the history of Taijiquan you may want to go directly to chapter 5. This is not a how-to as in how to do a specific routine, but rather on how to effeciently develop internal strength, and understand how taiji theory applies scientifically to your body mechanics. although this is Chen style based, I believe it is applicable to all the Taiji styles.
by Paul B. Gallagher
by Ju-Rong Wang & Wen-Ching Wu
by Fu Zhongwen
Although you may not currently be studying the traditional Yang Long Form, the introductory chapters by the translator and the original author are illuminating, and will lead the intermediate and advanced student to a deeper understanding of all forms of Taijiquan. The Translator's introduction is awesome!
by Martin Mellish
This book has tons of movement metaphors to help you understand the basics, as well as how to take your Taiji to the next level. Structure, stepping, and spirit are all discussed. some of these metaphors are sure to speak to you.