on 24 November 2004
This isn't a manual or hand book but is a very engaging story indeed of how one of the most influential and recognised tai chi practitioners brought the East and West together. Written by one of Chen Man Chings senior students it includes both the Professors teachings and philosophy, and the political/ social background that Tai Chi existed in. Well worth a look for anyone beginning Tai Chi.
on 26 July 2010
Master Cheng is the man who brought Tai Chi to the US, prompting its rapid spread in the West. This book is continuing Wolfe Lowenthal's loving tribute to the man, continuing where his "There are No Secrets: Professor Cheng Man-ching and His T'ai Chi Ch'uan" leaves off.
Lowenthal shares more memories of Master Cheng, offering both amusing and inspiring anecdotes. He also offers his own insight in Tai Chi and its techniques. However, this not a book to teach the reader the Tai Chi form or "Push Hands"; it's a tribute to a man that lived Tai Chi every moment of his life.
If you are looking for a book that will help you better understand both the man who brought Tai Chi to the West and Tai Chi's theoretical background, this is a good book for you. If, however, you wish to study the form, you may prefer Master Cheng's pther books, "Cheng Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan" and "Master Cheng's New Method of Tai Chi Self-cultivation".