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There Are No Secrets Professor Cheng Man-Ch'Ing and His Tai Chi Chuan (Paperback)

Author:  Wolfe Lowenthal
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1556431120
ISBN-13: 9781556431128
Sku: 30266372
Publish Date: 5/1/1991
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  176
 
"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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A longtime student paints an intimate and loving portrait of this famed master. The book discusses t'ai chi principles and shares many treasures of Man-ch'ing's teachings."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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A student of the renowned Tai Chi master Cheng Man-ch'ing, Wolfe Lowenthal writes an accessible memoir of his tutelage from the mid-60's to 1975, when Professor Cheng returned to Taiwan and shortly thereafter passed away. Professor Cheng, known as the "Master of the Five Excellences" (painting, poetry, calligraphy, medicine, and Tai Chi Chuan), opened a Tai Chi center in Chinatown, New York City, that introduced the ancient form to America. THERE ARE NO SECRETS is an easy read that is layered with subtle teachings from the point of view of the student Lowenthal. The account begins with Lowenthal as a frustrated screenwriter forced into a seemingly bleak future and proceeds to take us on a journey to discover how he learns to master his reaction to the world instead of trying to master the world itself. The book recounts tidbits of Lowenthal's own journey as well as humanizing the revered master, Cheng. The insights are subtle and easy to grasp, but contain information that resonates beyond a single read. Though filled with spiritual and physical lessons, the book is more of an overview of the ideals that Professor Cheng tried to bestow upon his students, told through a filter of anecdotal accounts of a unique era. An ideal lighter companion piece to some of the books that deal with the more involved teachings of Cheng Man-ch'ing, THERE ARE NO SECRETS includes a collection of black-and-white photos of Cheng during those years.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0176
Product attributePublisher:   North Atlantic Books
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