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Zheng Manqing
(Cheng Man-ch'ing)

Zheng Manqing (Cheng Man-Ch'ing) (1902-1975), a taijiquan student of Yang Cheng Fu, is one of the most influential taijiquan practitioners in history. He is well known for his 37 posture form, a form which eliminates a lot of the repetitions of previous forms which makes it accessible and practical for modern practitioners, yet still retains the core taijiquan elements. He is also noted for being one of the early practitioners to bring taijiquan to the United States and to also teach non-Chinese.

In addition to being a taijiquan practitioner, Zheng was a poet, painter, calligrapher, and traditional Chinese medicine doctor; a master of the Five Excellences. He was also a scholar and philosopher, and taught students about Kong Fuzi (Confucius) and Laozi (Lao Tzu). He earned the titles "Professor" and "One Dose Zheng". His style reflects this diverse background, a mix of wen (scholarship) and wu (martial). The style promotes relaxation, sensitivity, coordination, timing, balance, and is effective for self defense.

A syllabus of Zheng taijiquan, at the very least, consists of the taijiquan principles, 37 posture form, sensing hands practice, martial application of the postures, a sword form, and supplementary exercises.

Some of the principles emphasized in this style of taijiquan are: relax (sung), separate weight, body upright, turn the waist, beautiful lady's hand, invest in loss, momentate from one move to the other (dong dang), and swimming on land.

Zheng Manqing Taijiquan Resources

37 Posture Form

  1. preparation (yù bèi shì)
  2. beginning
  3. grasp sparrow's tail, ward off left (lán què wei, peng)
  4. grasp sparrow's tail, ward off right (lán què wei, peng)
  5. grasp sparrow's tail, rollback (lán què wei, lu)
  6. grasp sparrow's tail, press (lán què wei, ji)
  7. grasp sparrow's tail, push (lán què wei, an)
  8. single whip (dan bian)
  9. lift hands (tí shou)
  10. lean forward (kào)
  11. crane spreads wings (bái hè liàng chì)
  12. brush left knee and twist step (lou xi ào bù)
  13. play the pipa (shou hui pípá)
  14. step forward, deflect downward, parry, and punch (jìn bù, ban, lán, chuí)
  15. withdraw and push (rú feng sì bì)
  16. cross hands (shí zì shou)
  17. embrace tiger and return to mountain (bào hu gui shan)
  18. punch under elbow (zhou di chuí)
  19. step back and repulse monkey, right (dào nian hóu)
  20. step back and repulse monkey, left (dào nian hóu)
  21. diagonal flying (xié fei shì)
  22. wave hands in clouds, right (yún shou)
  23. wave hands in clouds, left (yún shou)
  24. squatting single whip (dan bian, shé shen xià shì)
  25. golden rooster stands on one leg, right (jin ji dú lì)
  26. golden rooster stands on one leg, left (jin ji dú lì)
  27. separate right foot (fen jiao)
  28. separate left foot
  29. turn and strike with heel (zhuan shen dèng jiao)
  30. brush right knee and twist step (lou xi ào bù)
  31. step forward and strike with fist (jìn bù zai chuí)
  32. fair lady works at shuttles, right (yù nu chuan suo)
  33. fair lady works at shuttles, left (yù nu chuan suo)
  34. step forward to seven stars (shàng bù qi xing)
  35. step back and ride tiger (tuì bù kuà hu)
  36. turn body and sweep lotus with leg (zhuan shen bai lián)
  37. bend bow and shoot tiger (wan gong shè hu)





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