Ken van Sickle

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Ken van Sickle

Ken van Sickle studied Tai Chi Chuan with Grandmaster Cheng Man Ching, from 1967 to 1975. After having studied solo form, push hands, sword form and fencing, he was invited to participate in special classes given by Cheng Man Ching, for those chosen to be teachers. In time he developed […]

Cheng Man Ching’s students on mastery

Cheng Man Ching’s direct students – the “second generation” if one sees Cheng Man Ching’s influence as determining a new approach – seem to follow this new tradition while continuing to adapt further to modernity. The Master as student and teacher Taken as an example out of the group of […]

The future of Tai Chi

Ken van Sickle on Cheng Man Ching Part V – The future of Tai Chi The future of Tai Chi, the styles, Tai Chi sword and the Dao Asked about his vision for the development of Tai Chi and about the developments he would like to be continued in the future, Ken […]

Beginning’s of Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi in New York

Part IV – The second generation and the beginning’s of Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi in New York In the 4th part of the interview, Ken van Sickle talks about some students of Cheng Man Ching, the “second generation”, especially about two of the older students who studied with him […]

Tai Chi goals

Tai Chi goals: What to get from a master and the unique quality of push hands Speaking about the students in New York, especially with a view to the so-called “earlier six” and “later six”, Ken points out that they were different kinds and types of people who learned from […]

Cheng Man Ching’s spirit and the concepts of master and lineage holder

Asked about the motivation behind his movie “The Professor – Tai Chi’s Journey West”, Ken van Sickle recalls Cheng Man Ching urging his students to “get it out there”, i.e. to make Tai Chi practice known in the West and also to spread the knowledge about this unique kind of […]

Ken van Sickle on Cheng Man Ching

Ken van Sickle on Cheng Man Ching Part I – Studying with Cheng Man Ching In this 5-part interview series, Ken van Sickle, photographer, Tai Chi Master and student of Cheng Man Ching in New York, talks about studying with Cheng Man Ching and his desire to capture Cheng Man Ching’s […]

A poem by Prof. Cheng Man Ching

Cheng Man Ching on the dao of Taijiquan – a poem Cheng Man Ching is portrayed by his students as an example of total dedication and commitment to the Chinese Arts, especially concerning Taijiquan. Indeed, while also advocating the health aspects of Taijiquan and its use for self-defence, Cheng Man […]

Self-massage as taught by Prof. Cheng Man Ching

Self-massage of kidneys, stomach, eyes and hands as taught by Prof. Cheng Man Ching Prof. Cheng Man Ching was known as a master of the five excellences. As a teacher, he taught calligraphy and Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as Taijiquan, Push Hands and sword fencing. Advocating Taijiquan as a […]

Tai Chi Interview with Ken Van Sickle

Ken Van Sickle, a native of New York City, is best known for his work in recording images of film and video of Cheng Man Ching, who he was a student of Cheng Man Ching from some years. However is sword skills are exceptional and he has produced an excellent […]