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There Are No Secrets: Professor Cheng Man-Ch'ing and His TaiI Chi Chuan

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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 ...
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Overview

"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556431128
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Pages: 142
  • Sales rank: 489,584
  • Product dimensions: 5.35 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2010

    Penetrating

    Written in a simple and honest style, this book gives a remarkably clear and deep glimpse into the actual mechanics of chi, the heart of all internal martial arts. There Are No Secrets reveals the importance of dedicating one's life to the cultivation and understanding of chi in order to fully master Tai Chi Chuan, or, for that matter, any internal martial art. The martial applications of Tai Chi, Smith shows, come less as a result of practicing the actual techniques of the art, as in most styles of kung fu, and more from this cultivation of chi which allows one to successfully respond to any combat situation naturally. The path to cultivating chi is described as simultaneously being a path to understanding and uncovering our true selves, main qualities of which are the softness and sensitivity that are so critical to Tai Chi. Inspiring and profound, this book views Tai Chi Chuan not simply as a martial art, but as one avenue which, if followed genuinely and with perseverance, can lead to personal and spiritual growth.

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