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Tai Chi Chuan is an ancient martial art system for health and self-defense, promoting spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.




Professor Cheng was trained in Chinese medicine, taught poetry and art at leading colleges, and was a successful artist.

Cheng Man-Ching's Tai Chi Videos

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

This is the largest collection of videos on the web of Professor Cheng Man-Ching in action, and it includes 5 of his rare DVDs. (With a subscription you can view these and all the other videos on this channel.)


Full contents of the Yang-Style Short Form DVD

Cheng Man-Ching teaching Yang Tai Chi "37 Postures" Short Form

Cheng Man-Ching doing Short Form

Professor Cheng Man-Ching (1902 - 1975) was one of the most influential figures in the evolution of Tai Chi Chuan. He played a pivotal role in improving and popularizing Tai Chi through changes he made to simplify the Yang Form and his training of many world-renowned masters. 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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Full contents of the Tai Chi Push Hands 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.

The "Master Tapes" were all made from videos taken at the legendary Professor's New York City school between the period 1969 to 1971. They include the most complete review of the his push hands techniques and are the only videos in which he explains what he's doing.

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Full contents of the Tai Chi Sword 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 exercise.

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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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"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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Tai Chi Fencing with Renowned Master

Cheng Man-Ching 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 (DVD) (00:02:09)

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More Videos from Senior Students of Cheng Man-Ching
William Chen Yang Short Form Kick

William C. C. Chen's Tai Chi Form and Workshop Videos

Grandmaster Chen is one of the world's preeminent teachers of Yang Tai Chi Chuan. He began his career as the youngest student of Professor Cheng Man-Ching, living with him for over two years, participating in special internal energy training and studying advanced push hands techniques.

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Dr. Ping-Siang Tao pushing

Ping-Siang Tao's Push Hands and Tai Chi Form Videos

Dr. Tao was a senior disciple of Professor Cheng Man-Ching and was renowned for his push hands expertise. Known as the "Master of the Soft Way", Dr. Tao travelled the world giving workshops, some which have been preserved in these rare videos.

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