Notes on Cheng Man Ching’s Tai Chi System
An Article Series by Ken van Sickle
Cheng Man Ching’s Tai Chi System is praised by some as a corner stone of Tai Chi’s reinvention in the modern age. At the same time, the slanderous remarks Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi has to deal with are legion. Despite its unquestioned success and worldwide popularity, the Cheng Man Ching system until this day is accused of ignoring the Tai Chi legacy, of shortening cultural treasures solely for personal convenience, of watering down Tai Chi’s essence and last but not least of destroying its mythical aura.
Ken van Sickle’s article series does not take the bait. Unaffected by criticism and solely rooted in his personal experience as a practitioner of Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi, Ken illuminates some central practical implications of Cheng Man Ching’s endeavour to renew Tai Chi. Thereby, he also sheds some light on Tai Chi’s ethical background, especially concerning dealing with Others.
Ken thus is able to paint a picture of a Tai Chi style which comes across as both categorical and poetic, both practical and rooted in principle.
A living system
Put into a nutshell, (not only) practitioners of Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi owe to Cheng Man Ching – and his students – the cultural achievement of having reinterpreted Tai Chi as a living system: true to its essence while open to change. – Free to go its way into the future!
Come with us on a journey to discover this living system and read about:
- Notes on Cheng Man Ching’s Tai Chi System
- Fight or Flight: Tai Chi’s general attitude
- Tai Chi is „swimming in air“
- (Mis)alignment in Tai Chi
- Roll Back
- The Cheng Man Ching 37 Form – Shortening and Changing the Yang Form
- Cheng Man Ching Push Hands
- Tai Chi’s Role
- Ride the Horse in the Direction it is Going
Please note: During the publication of this series, the publication of further parts of Ken’s book Tai Chi Sword will pause for 9 weeks until the beginning of July!
Author: Gabi Kannenberg
Images: Ken van Sickle
German version of this article