There Are No Secrets: Professor Cheng Man Ch'ing and His T'ai Chi Chuan

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North Atlantic Books, Jan 27, 1993 - Sports & Recreation - 176 pages
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"Wolfe Lowenthal's quiet little memoir will with window-opening wisdom reinforce, I think, my view of how Cheng stood on Tai Chi. It tells how a young writer reacted to this strange Chinese man when he appeared in New York City in the mid-1960s and stayed there for a decade before returning to Taiwan to die in 1975. In a nickel town where neurosis is a cardinal virtue, the Tai Chi center established by Cheng soon became an oasis of learning. In my visits there I was invariably approached by a quiet fellow with a ready smile and loads of questions. His form and sensing hands improved but he never lost his kindly ways. This led me once to tell the three seniors that the one person in the club who best exemplified Tai Chi was this junior. That man who has since become a teacher of the art is the author if this book."
-Robert W. Smith, from the Preface
 

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There Are No Secrets is a series of vignettes about Professor Cheng Man Ch'ing and his tai chi. The book is not for instructional purposes (e.g., 'here's how you perform Ward Off'), but rather focuses ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
6
Section 4
8
Section 5
22
Section 6
26
Section 7
33
Section 8
37
Section 16
76
Section 17
80
Section 18
90
Section 19
94
Section 20
96
Section 21
101
Section 22
112
Section 23
123

Section 9
40
Section 10
44
Section 11
52
Section 12
54
Section 13
61
Section 14
63
Section 15
72
Section 24
127
Section 25
129
Section 26
132
Section 27
134
Section 28
136
Section 29
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About the author (1993)

Wolfe Lowenthal was born in 1939 in Pittsburgh, and began his study of t'ai chi chuan in 1967 with Professor Cheng Man-Ch'ing, in New York. Over the years, he has worked as a typesetter, screenwriter, and peace activist. He currently lives, studies and teaches at his school, the Long River Tai Chi Circle in New York City.

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