This glossary contains 94 pages of terms, with Chinese characters, pinyin and often Wade-Giles romanizations, plus tones and definitions and a newly introduced index. It is the most extensive glossary of terms useful to taiji students that we know of. The table of contents is presented below. See here to view sample pages. An unabridged, printed, version is available by sending $15.00 (plus $5.00 shipping & handling) per copy to Almanzo "Lao Ma" Lamoureux, 70 Hearne Road, Pittsboro NC 27312. Note: If purchasing along with the "Taijiquan Classics", shipping is $6.00 total.
Chinese terms are in the pinyin romanization. Terms in brackets, [ ], are in the Wade-Giles romanization, or in the romanization most often seen in literature. The names of notable Chinese persons are in the romanization most commonly seen in literature.
A limitation in the computer program that was used to create this document prevents the displaying of a tone mark on an uppercase letter. In those cases where this occurs in this document, we have used a lowercase letter with the proper tone mark, even though it may make the word or phrase appear unusual. In addition, the Chinese characters for the Taijiquan techniques lu and lie are specific to Taijiquan and are not generally available in computer fonts. In this document, we have substituted those characters most often used by Chinese Taijiquan players when they refer to these techniques in computer-generated documents.
This glossary is a living document. The authors welcome suggestions and additions. Readers may contact LaoMa with comments regarding this glossary.
Table of Contents
A Few Words About Romanization
I - China
II - Martial Arts in General
III - Taijiquan - Concepts and Principles
IV - Taijiquan - The Major Figures and Various Styles
V - Taijiquan - General Techniques
VI - Taijiquan - Weapons
VII - Chinese Language
VIII - The Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School