I’ve just received delivery of Barbara Davis’ new book, _The Taijiquan Classics: An Annotated Translation_ (2004, North Atlantic Books). In this book, Barbara freshly translates what have come to be known as the “five core classics” in the Yang tradition. These texts have appeared in previous translations, including my own versions in _Fu Zhongwen: Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan_. Barbara’s book is particularly valuable for her careful synoptic presentation of the history of the taiji classics, her close textual analysis of the language of the core texts, and her full translation of Chen Weiming’s original commentaries on the classics. Many of the early English versions of these classics cribbed bits and pieces of Chen’s commentary, but Barbara’s is the first full translation of his commentary in tact and clearly marked as such. Her book also includes the full Chinese text of the five classics with Chen’s interlinear commentary in a 20 page appendix.
This is not a formal review, but just an advisory to those who seriously incorporate the taijiquan classics into their training: you should add this book to your library. I recommend it highly.