In the Book the 'Great Learning' it is written: "All things have roots and branches". The branches of Tai Chi Chuan are visible today, but the roots are hidden in the mists of time. On the search for them, this little book takes a look at Tai Chi Chuan in relationship to the history of Chinese martial arts. This perspective leads us from ancient times until the Chinese republic. After studying this little book, the reader will have a more complete picture of the art of Tai Chi Chuan.