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Cheng Man-Ching's Tai Chi Push Hands Videos

Yang-Style push hands From: Essential Sports and Fitness Video Channel

This collection of videos of Cheng Man-Ching pushing hands, includes the complete push hands DVD from the "Master Tapes" and rare 8mm videos taken by his students. (With a subscription you can view these and all the other videos on this channel.)


Cheng Man-Ching Push Hands Videos from Robert Smith

Pushing Hands with his students in New York City park (1973)

Cheng Man Ching doing Yang Tai Chi Formin Taiwan park

Professor Cheng Man-Ching shows the relaxed and soft style, combined with powerful pushes, that characterized his push hands technique. Martial arts expert, Robert Smith, who introduced the Professor to Westerners, pulled together the 8mm videos collected on this DVD. This is the last known video of Professor Cheng doing push hands (here pictured pushing Ed Young).

From: Cheng Man Ching (DVD) (00:02:11)

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Pushing Hands with his students in Taiwan (early 1960s)

Cheng Man Ching doing Yang Tai Chi Form in Taiwan park

This is the earliest video of Professor Cheng Man-Ching pushing hands. Robert Smith narrates as the Professor shows his exceptional pushing power (here pictured pushing a young William C. C. Chen). We also see him resisting groups of men pushing on him and one of his students being punched repeatedly - to demonstrate the internal strength that Tai Chi helps develop.

From: Cheng Man Ching (DVD) (00:04:50)

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"Master Tapes" Push Hands Workshop 1

Relaxed, light, and subtle movements are key

Cheng Man Ching showing pushing hands position to his students

Professor Cheng gives detailed push hands instruction while demonstrating correct positioning, the techniques for pushing effectively, and the need for lightess, relaxation, and gradual movements. With some quick and lite strikes he shows how the principles tie into martial arts. Well-known senior Tai Chi instructors participating include Ed Young, Tam Gibbs, Ken Van Sickle, and Lou Kleinsmith.

From: Cheng Man-Ching and Don Ethan Miller (Master Tapes DVD) (00:13:29)

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"Master Tapes" Push Hands Workshop 2

How to push and how to avoid being open for fast strikes

Cheng Man Ching showing pushing with his shoulder

Professor Cheng explains and shows how to make strong pushes, not by using strength or being heavy, but by being light, following the opponent's center, and preventing escape. He demonstrates how certain positions leave the pusher vulnerable to high speed, martial arts attacks and emphasizes taking care of any threatening hand - without blocking. Senior Tai Chi instructors participating include Maggie Newman, Mort Raphael, Tam Gibbs, and Ed Young.

From: Cheng Man-Ching and Don Ethan Miller (Master Tapes DVD) (00:17:18)

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"Master Tapes" Push Hands Workshop 3

Relax the chest and body. Stay loose and alive

Cheng Man Ching doing push hands with one of his students

Professor Cheng continues his explanations and demonstrations of correct techniques for pushing and for responding to attacks. The push must be in exactly the right direction and must not be too heavy. Take force to one side. Don't get excited, for example by letting your shoulders come up, or you'll get locked up. Senior students Ed Young, Tam Gibbs, Mort Raphael, Stanley Israel, and Maggie Newman get schooled.

From: Cheng Man-Ching and Don Ethan Miller (Master Tapes DVD) (00:15:27)

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"Master Tapes" Push Hands with three senior students

Advanced workshop in push hands techniques

Cheng Man Ching pushing hands with Stanley Israel

Professor Cheng pushes hands with some senior students, including Stanley Israel, Maggie Newman, and Lou Kleinsmith, who became well-known Tai Chi instructors themselves. Ed Young translates for Professor Cheng as he gives the class instructions in advanced push hands principles.

From: Cheng Man-Ching and Don Ethan Miller (Master Tapes DVD) (00:16:03)

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Push Hands Demo (1969)

Senior students get "bounced away" by the grandmaster

Cheng Man Ching pushing hands with his students

This video shows Professor Cheng pushing with two of his senior students, Tam Gibbs and Ed Young, both of whom went on to become well-known Tai Chi teachers. The videographer and narrator is Ken Van Sickle, who was also a senior student who later founded a Tai Chi and self-defense school.

From: Ken Van Sickle (DVD) (00:02:49)

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