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Cheng Man-ch'ing and T'ai Chi: Echoes in the Hall of Happiness

By Nigel Sutton, M.A., Robert W. Smith, M.A., Barbara Davis, M.A., Donald D. Davis, Ph.D. & Lawrence L. Mann, Ben P. J. Lo, Xu Yizhong, Yuan Weiming, Xu Zhengme

Cheng Man-ch'ing and T'ai Chi: Echoes in the Hall of Happiness
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Cheng Man-ch'ing and T'ai Chi: Echoes in the Hall of Happiness

Cheng Man-ch’ing (1902–1975)—also romanized as Zheng Manqing—certainly played a lead role in popularizing tai chi ch'uan throughout the world and greatly influencing the way the art is perceived and practiced. This fact alone should drive all those interested in tai chi to study the man’s history and thought.
There is a huge body of writings and video representations of Cheng’s tai chi theory and practice. Unfortunately, much of the available content actually obscures Cheng’s message. The result is that Cheng and his role in tai chi evolution are often not fully understood and faulty conclusions are made. A further result is that many feel either enlightened with what they believe to be true, or they become even more perplexed in who Cheng was as a human and what his tai chi truly embodied.
The chapters in this anthology contain rare information about Professor Cheng not available elsewhere, except in their originally published formats in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts. Most of the articles in the journal were written in an academic style, limiting their acceptance from the general public, which is typically interested in the more accessible popular writing styles. Of course the content here deals not only with the complexities of tai chi theory and practice, but does so in a thick weave of historical and cultural threads.
We are republishing the journal articles in book format so all with a sincere interest in tai chi history, theory, and practice can benefit from the content, particularly those interested in the Cheng Man-ch’ing tradition. Each author is uniquely qualified for producing some of the highest-quality writings in this specialized area.

Author Bio:
Barbara Davis, M.A., has a master’s degree in East Asian studies from the University of Minnesota. She trained with senior students of the late Zheng Manqing.

Donald Davis, Ph.D., earned a doctorate from Michigan State University. He teaches taiji Tidewater Tai Chi Center, carrying on the teachings of Robert W. Smith and Ben Lo.
Lawrence L. Mann (d. 1997) founded the Tidewater Tai Chi Center in 1974 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he carried on the teachings of Robert W. Smith and Ben Lo.

Russ Mason, M.A., TESL, received his degree from Oklahoma State University. He began training in Yang style taijiquan in the 1970s in the lineage of Professor Zheng Manqing. His primary teachers were Robert W. Smith and Liu Xiheng.

Robert W. Smith, M.A., received a master’s degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. From his late teens he trained in various martial arts and finally taiji under Zheng Manqing. Smith shared more than fifty years’ experience in martial arts practice and research in Martial Musings, A Portrayal of Martial Arts in the Twentieth Century.

Nigel Sutton, M.A., has studied martial arts since he was thirteen years old and has trained with teachers in the Zheng Manqing branch of taijiquan in Malaysia.

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6" x 9" paperback


• In Search of a Unified Dao: Zheng Manqing’s Life and Contribution to Taijiquanby Barbara Davis, M.A.
• The Development of Zheng Manqing Taijiquan in Malaysia, by Nigel Sutton, M.A.
• Zheng Manqing and Taijiquan: A Clarification of Role, by Robert W. Smith, M.A.
• Remembering Zheng Manqing: Some Sketches from His Life, by Robert W. Smith, M.A.
• Chen Weiming, Zheng Manqing, and the Difference between Strength and Intrinsic Energy, by Robert W. Smith, M.A.
• Dalü and Some Tigers, by Robert W. Smith, M.A.
• Liu Xiheng: Memories of a Taiji Sage, Contributions by Benjamin Lo, Xu Yizhong, Yuan Weiming, Xu Zhengmei, and Danny Emerick. Compiled by Russ Mason, M.A.
• Conservator of the Taiji Classics: An Interview with Benjamin Pangjeng Lo, by Donald D. Davis, Ph.D. & Lawrence L. Mann
• Zheng Manqing: The Memorial Hall and Legacy of the Master of Five Excellences in Taiwan, by Russ Mason, M.A.
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