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Cheng Man-Ching's Tai Chi Videos

Yang-Style Short Form, Sword Form, fencing, and push hands From: Essential Sports and Fitness Video Channel

Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient martial art system for health and self-defense, promoting spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Professor Cheng Man-Ching (1902 - 1975) was one of the most influential figures in the evolution of Tai Chi Chuan. He was trained in Chinese medicine, taught poetry and art at leading colleges, and was a successful artist. This is the largest collection of videos on the web of Cheng Man-Ching in action, including 3 of his rare DVDs.


Yang-Style Short Form - full contents of the DVD

Videos showing Cheng Man-Ching teaching Yang Tai Chi Short Form

Cheng Man-Ching doing Short Form

Through changes Professor Cheng Man-Ching made to the Yang Forms and his training of many world-renowned masters, he played a pivotal role in improving and popularizing Tai Chi. Professor Cheng began learning Tai Chi in his twenties because he had developed lung disease. This was around 1930, when he started studying with Yang Chengfu (1883 - 1936), the grandson of Yang Luchan (1799 - 1872), who founded Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan.

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Tai Chi Push Hands - full contents of the DVD

Videos showing Cheng Man-Ching pushing hands

Cheng Man-Ching pushing hands

The Professor was known for his relaxed and soft style of push hands, along with his powerful pushes. He emphasized remaining calm while properly covering martial arts attacks, without the need to block and use force.

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Yang-Style Tai Sword Form - full contents of the DVD

Videos showing Cheng Man-Ching doing Yang Sword Form and fencing

Cheng Man-Ching doing Sword Form with his class

Professor Cheng Man-Ching was a master of wielding the double-edged straight Chinese sword. This was the weapon of choice for many famous generals and scholars. He taught Tai Chi fencing and the Yang Sword Form, an advanced martial arts exercize.

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"Master Tapes" Short Form Class 1

Beginner class in Yang Tai Chi Chuan Short Form

Cheng Man Ching showing Yang short Tai Chi form to class

This video starts with a clip of Professor Cheng doing the Tai Chi form "for real" (as opposed to showing students correct positioning). Then, Professor Cheng instructs a beginner's class, with an emphasis on the position of the feet (shoulder-width apart) and shifting of the weight. Ed Young translates and Maggie Newman explains how Professor Cheng successfully communicated mainly through pantomine and by example. The "master tapes" were shot between 1969 and 1971 in New York City.

From: Cheng Man-Ching and Don Ethan Miller (Master Tapes DVD) (00:07:55)

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"Master Tapes" Short Form Class 3

How the Tai Chi Form exercizes internal organs and promotes health

Cheng Man Ching explaining Tai Chi posture with Tam Gibbs translating

In this class, Professor Cheng explains the connection between how our bodies work and how we should do the Tai Chi Form for maximum health benefits. He begins by showing correct positioning of the knees and hips and the alignment of shoulders and hands. He describes the role of breathing and slow, natural exercize in promoting circulation and helping prevent illness. He emphasizes doing the form at the right speed and with breathing to the "tan tien" (below the belly button). Tam Gibbs translates for the good doctor.

From: Cheng Man-Ching and Don Ethan Miller (Master Tapes DVD) (00:09:10)

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"Master Tapes" Short Form Class 6

Another movement-by-movement class on the Yang Tai Chi Short Form

Cheng Man Ching showing position in Yang Tai Chi short form


Professor Cheng leads an intermediate class step-by-step throught the Tai Chi Short Form. He goes out of his way to clarify the positions of the feet, knees, waist, and hands, and proper shifting of the weight. The slow, precise, and relaxed way he goes through the form makes this video an excellent review of the basics.

From: Cheng Man-Ching and Don Ethan Miller (Master Tapes DVD) (00:07:42)

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

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

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Video Clips of Cheng Man Ching from 2004 Forum DVD

Demonstrations of the Tai Chi Short and Sword Forms and push hands

Cheng Man Ching leading Tai Chi Sword class

This sampling of Professor Cheng's skills, with a sitar background, shows his smooth, relaxed style, capable of generating substantial power and speed. This video trailer, with a pleasant sitar background, was shown at the 2004 Cheng Man-Ching Forum that honored his memory and gathered his students from around the world.

From: Nils Klug (DVD) (00:01:32)

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More great videos from Cheng Man Ching to come!