There Are No Secrets: Professor Cheng Man Ching and His Tai Chi Chuan by Wolfe LowenthalWolfe Lowenthals quiet little memoir will with window-opening wisdom reinforce, I think, my view of how Cheng stood on Tai Chi. It tells how a young writer reacted to this strange Chinese man when he appeared in New York City in the mid-1960s and stayed there for a decade before returning to Taiwan to die in 1975. In a nickel town where neurosis is a cardinal virtue, the Tai Chi center established by Cheng soon became an oasis of learning. In my visits there I was invariably approached by a quiet fellow with a ready smile and loads of questions. His form and sensing hands improved but he never lost his kindly ways. This led me once to tell the three seniors that the one person in the club who best exemplified Tai Chi was this junior. That man who has since become a teacher of the art is the author if this book.
-Robert W. Smith, from the Preface
Cheng Man Ching Yang style
There he was close friends with Ma Yueliang, the representative figure of the new Wu style. This form was intended to be easier to learn, and to contribute to improving the health of the people in view of the poor standard of medical care. Even today, proponents of the classical Yang style are critical of this innovation, although in the meantime so-called short forms have developed in the classical styles, too. Whatever his reasons for developing the short form from the long form, no one disputes that he was an outstanding teacher and master , not only in Tai Chi Chuan. The history of Tai Chi Chuan shows that the forms being practiced were subject to continuous change. Just as there is certainly no specific Tai Chi Chuan gene, that determines the progress of the individual in this art, the goals, too, of individual students differ greatly. Just as older generations frequently criticize changes in values, this seems to be an expression of the eternal alternation of yin and yang in history.
The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West is a feature documentary about Tai Chi and one of its great masters, Cheng Man-Ching, a man who brought Tai Chi and .
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Professor Cheng Man-Ching is considered one of the greatest Tai Chi masters of modern times. He was a pioneer, instrumental in bringing Tai Chi and Chinese philosophy to the West. Cheng was unique — not only a remarkable martial artist but also an accomplished painter, poet, scholar and doctor of Chinese medicine.