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Cheng Man-Ching's Tai Chi Sword Videos

Yang-Style Sword Form and fencing From: Essential Sports and Fitness Video Channel

This collection of videos of Cheng Man-Ching fencing and teaching the Yang Sword Form, includes the complete sword 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 Sword Videos (Robert Smith)

Yang Sword Form in New York City park (1973)

Cheng Man Ching doing Yang Tai Chi Formin Taiwan park

Professor Cheng Man-Ching was a master of the double-edged Chinese sword, which he learned from Yang Chengfu, who was known for his skill. Cheng Man-Ching and Tai Chi itself were introduced to the West by martial arts expert, Robert Smith, and he pulled together the 8mm videos collected on this DVD. This enthusiastic video is the last known recording of Professor Cheng doing the Tai Chi Sword Form.

From: Cheng Man Ching (Robert Smith DVD) (00:02:26)

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Fencing with his students in NYC (1973)

Cheng Man Ching doing Yang Tai Chi Form in Taiwan park

Like push hands, Tai Chi fencing is an exercise that emphasizes sensitive sticking and finding the openings created by the opponent's intentions. Maintaining light contact, getting out of the way, and slicing are encouraged, as opposed to blocking or chopping.

From: Cheng Man Ching (Robert Smith DVD) (00:02:09)

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"Master Tapes" Sword Form Class 1

The Yang Tai Chi Sword Form

Cheng Man Ching doing Yang Tai Chi Sword Form with class

Professor Cheng leads his advanced students through the sword form, and this video offers a superb, clear version for study. Ken Van Sickle talks about the role of the Sword Form and fencing in advanced Tai Chi. (The "Master Tapes" videos were shot at his New York City school of Tai Chi Chuan between 1969 and 1971.)

From: Cheng Man-Ching and Don Ethan Miller (Master Tapes DVD) (00:03:47)

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"Master Tapes" Fencing Class 1

The Professor fences with advanced Tai Chi Sword students

Cheng Man Ching fencing with Tam Gibbs

The double-edged Chinese sword is used to deflect, avoid, and redirect blows - before delivering a slash or stab of its own. Maggie Newman, Ken Van Sickle, and Ed Young explain that Professor Cheng left them no way out.

From: Cheng Man-Ching and Don Ethan Miller (Master Tapes DVD) (00:08:17)

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"Master Tapes" Fencing Class 2

More fencing with advanced Tai Chi Sword students

Cheng Man Ching fencing with student

Professor Cheng continues free-style fencing, exhausting one senior student after another. Ken Van Sickle explains that his amazing skill confounded all of them, while his natural footwork and forward and circling motion made it "look like a walk in the park". No one even comes close to scoring a touch.

From: Cheng Man-Ching and Don Ethan Miller (Master Tapes DVD) (00:10:50)

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"Master Tapes" Sword Form Class 2

Yang Tai Chi Sword Form after fencing workout

Cheng Man Ching doing Yang Tai Chi Sword Form with class


Professor Cheng leads his advanced students again through a smooth, relaxed version of the Sword Form after a vigorous fencing class.

From: Cheng Man-Ching and Don Ethan Miller (Master Tapes DVD) (00:02:45)

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Yang Sword Form

Advanced martial arts exercise for extending energy outward

Cheng Man Ching doing Yang Tai Chi Sword Form

The Chinese sword has played an important role in training because it lends itself naturally to the principles of Tai Chi Chuan. It requires sensitivity to the opponents weapon and is not designed to meet force with force.

From: Ken Van Sickle and Joseph Zeisky (Feather Sword DVD) (00:02:50)

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Sword Class with Fencing

Tai Chi fencing by a renowned master

Cheng Man Ching fencing with young woman

Professor Cheng fences with advanced students in this entertaining and revealing sword class from the late 1960's or early 1970's. Everyone is having a good time, and his mastery of the sword is clear.

From: Cheng Man-Ching (00:02:21)

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