The chapters in this anthology contain rare information about Professor Cheng not available elsewhere, except in their originally published formats in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts. Most of the articles in the journal were written in an academic style, limiting their acceptance from the general public, which is typically interested in the more accessible popular writing styles. Of course the content here deals not only with the complexities of tai chi theory and practice, but does so in a thick weave of historical and cultural threads.
We are republishing the journal articles in book format so all with a sincere interest in tai chi history, theory, and practice can benefit from the content, particularly those interested in the Cheng Man-ch’ing tradition. Each author is uniquely qualified for producing some of the highest-quality writings in this specialized area.
AUTHORS: Barbara Davis, M.A., has a master’s degree in East Asian studies from the University of Minnesota. She trained with senior students of the late Zheng Manqing. Donald Davis, Ph.D., earned a doctorate from Michigan State University. He teaches taiji Tidewater Tai Chi Center, carrying on the teachings of Robert W. Smith and Ben Lo. Michael DeMarco, M.A., received his degree from Seton Hall University’s Asian Studies Department. In 1964 he began studying martial arts. Since 1973 he has focused on taijiquan. He founded Via Media Publishing Company in 1991, producing the Journal of Asian Martial Arts and books. Lawrence L. Mann (d. 1997) founded the Tidewater Tai Chi Center in 1974 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he carried on the teachings of Robert W. Smith and Ben Lo. Russ Mason, M.A., TESL, received his degree from Oklahoma State University. He began training in Yang style taijiquan in the 1970s in the lineage of Professor Zheng Manqing. His primary teachers were Robert W. Smith and Liu Xiheng. Robert W. Smith, M.A., received a master’s degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. From his late teens he trained in various martial arts and finally taiji under Zheng Manqing. Smith shared more than fifty years’ experience in martial arts practice and research in Martial Musings, A Portrayal of Martial Arts in the Twentieth Century. Nigel Sutton, M.A., has studied martial arts since he was thirteen years old and has trained with teachers in the Zheng Manqing branch of taijiquan in Malaysia.