Cheng man-ch’ing Yang Style
T’ai Chi Ch’uan
Grand Master Cheng man-ch’ing was a master of painting, poetry, calligraphy, Chinese medicine, and T’ai Chi. He supported his family from the age of twelve with his paintings, published with the major poets in China at eighteen, helped reform the Chinese alphabet with his calligraphy, was renowned and highly sought after for his Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, and inherited the mantle of the Yang family of T’ai Chi
Photo by Ken Van Sickle
Jane and Bataan Faigao were Cheng man-ch’ing direct students at the Shr Jung Center for Culture and the Arts in New York. Jane introduced Bataan to Cheng man-ch’ing and over time, Bataan became Cheng man-ch’ing’s driver. Both Jane and Bataan appear in many Shr Jung Center photos and videos.
They moved from New York to Denver, CO and began teaching T’ai Chi out of their home where Michael was their first student. They assumed responsibility for the fledgling T’ai Chi program at Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO, became core faculty where they conceived and sustained the Traditional Eastern Arts Department, and founded Rocky Mountain T’ai Chi Ch’uan.
We also studied extensively with one of Cheng man ch’ing’s translators, Tam Gibbs, to a lesser extent with his senior students Ben Lo, Maggie Newman, and Ed Young, and briefly with Judith Weaver and Fred Lehrman.