Li Deyin
Foreword by Siu-Fong Evans

Tàijíquán is one of the most popular martial arts in China today. It is practised both as a competitive sport and as an exercise to strengthen the mind and body. Tàijíquán is an easy-to-use, fully-illustrated guide to the historical background, practical application, underlying principles and techniques of Tàijíquán.

Written by one of China's most prominent teachers of Tàijíquán, this book is an excellent introduction to a martial art that improves balance, coordination, flexibility, muscle strength and cardiovascular health. Tàijíquán describes five forms in which Tàijíquán is practised today: the 81-Step Tàijíquán, the Simplified 24-Step Tàijíquán, the Competition 42-Step Tàijíquán, the Competition 42-Step Tàijí Sword, and the 32-Step Tàijí Sword.

Each form is explained with instructive photographs, a numerical reference system for each exercise, and a DVD is also included, making it an excellent resource for students of martial arts, experienced practitioners or anyone interested in learning about Tàijíquán.


Foreword. Chapter I: Taìjíquán in China Today. 1. A Popular Tradition 2. Taìjíquán Coaching Centers in Beijing 3. Government Support 4. International Host Chapter II: Four Generations of a Taìjíquán Family. 1. My Grandfather Li Yulin 2. My Uncle Li Tianji 3. My Taìjíquán Career Chapter III: Essentials of Taìjíquán. 1. Origins and Development 2. Meaning of the Name 3. Taìjíquán and the Martial Arts 4. "Treatise on Taìjíquán" and "Song of the 13 Methods" 5. Health Benefits Chapter IV: Taìjíquán Training. 1. Key Points 2. Stages of Practice 3. Tips for Beginners Chapter V: 81-Step Yang-Style Taìjíquán. 1. Introduction 2. Names of the Movements of 81-Step Yang-style Taìjíquán 3. Movements and Illustrations of Yang-style Taìjíquán Chapter VI: 24-Step Taìjíquán. 1. Introduction 2. Names of the Movements of 24-Step Taìjíquán 3. Movements and Illustrations of 24-Step Taìjíquán Chapter VII: 42-Step Taìjíquán. 1. Introduction 2. Technical Elements of 42-Step Taìjíquán 3. Names of the Movements of 42-Step Taìjíquán 4. Movements and Illustrations of 42-Step Taìjíquán Chapter VIII: 42-Step Taìjí Sword. 1. Introduction 2. Names of the Movements of 42-Step Taìjí Sword 3. Movements and Illustrations of 42-Step Taìjí Sword Chapter IX: 32-Step Taìjí Sword. 1. Introduction 2. Names of the Movements of 32-Step Taìjí Sword 3. Movements and Illustrations of 32-Step Taìjí Sword Chapter X: Why Study Taìjíquán? A Global Perspective. Appendices: I. Note on Language II. Contact Information III. Books in English by Li Deyn's Uncle, Li Tianji


'It is as a reference book which will serve you well for many years that I have given it a five star rating... it is a great book and much more useful than similar books I have seen before in terms of scope and clarity.'

- Tai Chi Finder Limited

'All the students that train with Professor Li Deyin are touched by his brilliant coaching skills and his open friendship.'

- Richard V. Watson, Longfei Taìjíquán Association of Great Britain

Author information

Professor Li Deyin has achieved an international following rooted in his family's commitment, stretching over 100 years, to popularizing martial arts. He taught at Beijing's Renmin University for 40 years and has been named one of the Top 100 Chinese Martial Arts Masters. He is both a qualified judge of martial arts at the international level and a renowned national-level physical education instructor in China. He currently acts as vice-chairman of the Beijing Wushu Association.