鄭曼青
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 praciticioners, yet still retains the core taijiquan elements. He is also noted for being one of the early practicioners 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 (y bi sh)
  2. beginning
  3. grasp sparrow's tail, ward off left (ln qu wei, peng)
  4. grasp sparrow's tail, ward off right (ln qu wei, peng)
  5. grasp sparrow's tail, rollback (ln qu wei, lu)
  6. grasp sparrow's tail, press (ln qu wei, ji)
  7. grasp sparrow's tail, push (ln qu wei, an)
  8. single whip (dan bian)
  9. lift hands (t shou)
  10. lean forward (ko)
  11. crane spreads wings (bi h ling ch)
  12. brush left knee and twist step (lou xi o b)
  13. play the pipa (shou hui pp)
  14. step forward, deflect downward, parry, and punch (jn b, ban, ln, chu)
  15. withdraw and push (r feng s b)
  16. cross hands (sh z shou)
  17. embrace tiger and return to mountain (bo hu gui shan)
  18. punch under elbow (zhou di chu)
  19. step back and repulse monkey, right (do nian hu)
  20. step back and repulse monkey, left (do nian hu)
  21. diagonal flying (xi fei sh)
  22. wave hands in clouds, right (yn shou)
  23. wave hands in clouds, left (yn shou)
  24. squatting single whip (dan bian, sh shen xi sh)
  25. golden rooster stands on one leg, right (jin ji d l)
  26. golden rooster stands on one leg, left (jin ji d l)
  27. separate right foot (fen jiao)
  28. separate left foot
  29. turn and strike with heel (zhuan shen dng jiao)
  30. brush right knee and twist step (lou xi o b)
  31. step forward and strike with fist (jn b zai chu)
  32. fair lady works at shuttles, right (y nu chuan suo)
  33. fair lady works at shuttles, left (y nu chuan suo)
  34. step forward to seven stars (shng b qi xing)
  35. step back and ride tiger (tu b ku hu)
  36. turn body and sweep lotus with leg (zhuan shen bai lin)
  37. bend bow and shoot tiger (wan gong sh hu)

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