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2013 Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi Tour in Taipei

imageAt my teacher’s house and have some very exciting news! Sifu Law and I have just decided to run a Cheng Man Ching Tai Tour in Taipei later this year. Limited to 10 places, everyone welcome. Will post details, dates and pricing soon. Plan is for tai chi friends to meet in Taipei and spend a week practicing together and visiting important CMC places – practice at the Taipei Shr Jung School, meet Master Hsu (president of Shr Jung School and one of Professor’s senior students), visit Professor’s grave site to pay respects, daily tai chi practice, visit the Memory Hall Museum at Professor Cheng’s house, etc…Going to be a great trip! Questions welcome – ask here or on healthy@willowtreetaichi.com

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Master Law Lun Yeung (羅倫讓), President of The Cheng Zi Tai Chi Research Association, Melbourne

558144_504015519644846_838303535_nMaster Law Lun-Yeung has been practicing CMC (Cheng Man-Ching) style Tai Chi Chuan since 1985 and is the disciple of Master Hsu Yee-Chung, former disciple of the late Professor Cheng Man Ching (1900-1975). Mr. Law is current Principal, of the Cheng Zi Tai Chi Study Association, in Melbourne Australia.

Mr. Law was born in Guandong China (Southern China.) in 1939, and moved to Hong Kong in 1962 and migrated to Australia in 1990. In 1958 Mr. Law, studied Taichi Chuan in Guangzhou China learning the 24-step form. Mr. Law also previously studied and practiced Yang style, for five years under the late Mr. David Chan, former student of the late Mr. Tung Ying-Jie. Where he learnt the long form, Sword, Blade, Stick, Push hands, Da-lu San-shou. Mr.Law has also practiced Wing Chun, I Chuan (Mind Boxing) and Ying Zhao Chuan (Eagle Claw fist).

CHENG STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN – An interview with Sifu Law Lun Yeung
(This article originally appeared on the Tai Chi Australia website)

Master Law TransitionThis interview with Sifu Mr. Bill Law was, conducted, by John Hartley, of the Australian Tai Chi Chuan Flexible Boxing Fraternity. November 2000.

Mr. Law Lun-Yeung (Bill Law) has been practicing CMC (Cheng Man-Ching) style Tai Chi Chuan since 1985 and is the disciple of Mr. Hsu Yee-Chung former disciple of the late Professor Cheng Man Ching (1900-1975). Mr. Law is current Principal, of the Cheng Man Ching Taichi Chuan Study Association, in Melbourne Australia.

Mr. Law was born in Guandong China (Southern China.) in 1939, and moved to Hong Kong in 1962 and migrated to Australia in 1990. In 1958 Mr. Law, studied Taichi Chuan in Guangzhou China learning the 24-step form.

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 2.10.12 PMMr. Law also previously studied and practiced Yang style,for five years under the late Mr. David Chan, former student of the late Mr. Tung Ying-Jie. Where he learnt the long form, Sword, Blade, Stick, Push hands, Da-lu San-shou. Mr.Law has also practiced Wing Chun, I Chuan (Mind Boxing) and Ying Zhao Chuan (Eagle Claw fist)

J.H. Mr. Law Sifu. Firstly thank you for your time in conducting this interview.

B.L. My pleasure.

940816_531271170252614_1138779841_nJ.H. I would like to ask, how did you meet your teacher, and of your time learning with him?

B.L. I meet Mr. Hsu, the disciple of the late Professor Cheng Man Ching in 1985 in Hong Kong. We did push hands in the park, after that I realized what was the authentic Taichi Chuan. And I started learning and practicing Cheng style Taichi Chuan 37 until now.

J.H. Mr. Law what lead you to study Taichi Chuan?

B.L I study CMC (Cheng Man Ching) Taichi as I like the internal works more than the external works, and my teacher Mr. Hsu Yee-Chung tells me what the real Taichi Chuan is.

J.H. What is the fundamental purpose of Tai chi Chuan?

B.L.The fundamental purpose of doing the authentic Taichi Chuan is that, it gives you better relaxation, health, balance, energy and for developing the mind and body in harmony, as well as for self-defense.

J.H. In your experience what have you found the benefits of Tai Chi Chuan to be?

B.L. The benefits from my own experience in doing Taichi Chuan are:
Good blood circulation, no more lumbago pain, healthy heart, no high blood pressure, no arthritis, no rheumatism, stable weight around 65kgs for the last 15 years and have more friends in the community.

J.H. Mr, Law have you taught Tai Chi Chuan, and if so where?

B.L. I have assisted Mr. Andrew Barry and Mr. Dusty Miller’s CMC Taichi classes, here in Melbourne for many years and taught Taichi sword class in 1992, At present I have my own CMC Taichi class.

J.H. What is the role and function of the CMC Taichi Chuan Study Association in Melbourne?

B.L. To introduce and develop CMC Taichi Chuan and to unite CMC Taichi Chuan friends here in Australia.

542732_506577162722015_1481416215_nJ.H. What is the curriculum learning under Mr. Hsu Yee-Chung?

B.L. I have studied and practiced CMC Taichi since 1985. Mr. Hsu advised me to give up what I had learned (Kung-Fu) if I wanted to study CMC Taichi Chuan. First he taught me the beginning and preparation, it took seven days to learn and practice. Then I progressed to the 37 forms. He also instructed me to do homework and practice holding the, play guitar posture, do Zhan-chun standing. After doing the thirty-seven forms I learnt push hands. In 1992 I became his disciple and since then I visit Mr. Hsu every year to recharge and correct my forms.

J.H. Mr. Law you recently attended the 100th anniversary of your Grandmaster Professor Cheng Man Ching. Can you tell us something of the purpose for this gathering, and activities at this event?

B.L.This was the 1st Man Ching Cup Taichi Chuan international Championships held in Taiwan. The purpose was to bring together people who study Cheng Man Ching style around the world, to commemorate Professor Cheng Man Chings 100th anniversary (9/8/1901.)

There were forty-seven CMC Taichi groups attending thirty-eight local and groups from nine other countries these were Australia Mr. Andy Bulka and myself. Canada, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and US.A.

Mr. Ben Lo and his followers, from California, Ms. Katy Cheng and Ellen Cheng the late Professors daughters, Ms. Carole Yamasaki student of the late Professor Cheng from Detroit, Mr. Hsu Fun-Yuen and his followers from Chicago, Mr. Hsu is a disciple of Professor Cheng’s.

There were over 1500 participants in the tournament, which included individual and group Taichi Chuan, Taichi weapons, pushes hands and performance. There was also an exhibition of Professor’s paintings.

J.H. Do you feel the legacy of your Grandmaster is still vibrant and strong today?

B.L. Yes. Professor Cheng’s legacy of Taichi Chuan 37 movements is still continuing and developing today, mainly in USA, Europe and South East Asia.

J.H. Mr. Law, what is the one thing for you that stands out, when talking of and remembering Professor Cheng Man Ching.

B.L. His Taichi Chuan and his way to do Taichi Chuan. I have never meet professor Cheng, but I know all of his top disciples, Mr. Liu, Mr. Lo, my Sifu, Mr. Hsu, Mr. Huang, Mr. Ju and Mr. William Chen. They all have a very high level of yielding and discharging. They always mention “song” and remind me that the soft vanquishes the firm. And to have a healthy body is the most important thing in people’s life.

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J.H. Mr. Law I have read from time to time that Professor Cheng’s method is to soft, it is said generally in relation to it’s martial application. Do you feel there is any substance in statements such as these, and what is your experience in practicing Professor Cheng’s method?

B.L. “Song” (softness) is the most important thing when doing Cheng style Taichi Chuan. If you have enough “song” you will have deep rooting. When you have deep rooting you can yield and discharge, as power (jie) comes from the sole of the foot. I am still learning the “SONG”, the learning of which can last a lifetime.

J.H. Do you see that the martial aspect of Taichi Chuan, as a necessary function in the learning process?

B.L. Study of martial application in Taichi Chuan postures can help you do the form in the right position. You do not have to understand the whole application of the form, but you must learn and understand the application of the Taichi Chuan thirteen postures.

J.H. What role does push hands play, and do you feel it is necessary to learn?

425399_421778791201853_1104633349_nB.L.Push-hands, is vitally important in Taichi Chuan. If you do not study push-hands you only study half of the Taichi Chuan. You will learn the sense of touch, sacrifice your own action for the sake of others, learn yielding and discharge skill from push-hands training. Do push-hands for self-defense, but do not make it a competition. There should be no place in Taichi Chuan for ego. The softer you get and the more you can yield, the better at push-hands you become.

J.H. Mr. Law Do you feel weapons play an important role in Taichi Chuan. And if so, what do you see their function or purpose, in today’s day and age to be?

B.L. When hot weapons appear (i,e guns etc.) the cold weapons ( sword, blade ) are useless. So Taichi weapons are not important anymore, but they are a part of Taichi Chuan and considered a performance/exercise. For Taichi Chuan students it is better to learn the sword form. Cheng Man Ching Taichi Chuan gave up the Taichi Blade form, as it will create physical strength.

J.H. How do you see Taichi Chuan developing today?

B.L. Developing of Taichi Chuan generally is quite good in Australia. CMC Taichi Chuan 37 postures does not seem to be progressing rapidly, because it follows all the Taichi Chuan principals according to the classics and theory, it is more difficult to do correctly. It requires more attention to the basic principal of relaxation, softness, central equilibrium (one leg supporting the whole body weight) turning of the waist etc.

935600_528668007179597_703606372_nOne person can practice Taichi Chuan, or with a group and only a small place are needed and 10 minutes only. It is good and simple to learn, for people’s health. I would suggest having Taichi Chuan class in gymnastics, sports center’s, universities and community centers etc. Taichi Chuan is suitable for all ages to practice, but it is better to learn at an early age, if you have the chance to study from a teacher, who understands Taichi Chuan.
There are over 100 new students who come to learn CMC Taichi Chuan in Shi-Zhong school in Taiwan every year. CMC Taichi Chuan 37 is also very popular in Europe, USA, Canada, and South East Asia. However there is no Taichi Master teaching CMC in Mainland China, because Professor Cheng left Mainland China in the summer of 1949 and settled in Taiwan. It was in Taiwan, he formulated his Taichi from where it spread to South East Asia, the Americas and Europe.
J.H. Mr. Law what advice would you pass onto people beginning their study in Tai Chi Chuan and indeed, those of us already studying the art. What are those things in Tai Chi Chuan do you feel we need to priorities?
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B.L.For the beginner, when you want to learn Taichi Chuan you have to make sure of your target. If your aim is to be healthy, then you may learn musical Taichi, dance Taichi or any sports. But if you want to learn authentic Taichi Chuan, the martial art, the internal works for your health as well as for self-defense, then you have to choose a teacher who understands Taichi Chuan. Learning CMC Taichi Chuan is hard and not easy. You should have perseverance, confidence and be patient, there is no quick course for CMC Taichi Chuan. Remember Professor’s quotation invest in loss (suffer losses) in doing push-hands.

For someone who has already studied CMC Taichi Chuan I need to see his or her performance, before I give my advice.
When doing Taichi Chuan, especially doing CMC Taichi Chuan, use mind do not use physical strength. Relax your muscle, shoulder, elbow wrist and chest,body upright, holding the head as if suspended from above, separate your weight substantial, insubstantial (Yin &Yang), Do not bend your wrist upward, step shoulder wide, Arms and leg movements are driven by the waist, central equilibrium three points are on-line, and practice push-hands dailyif possible.
If you follow the above points I would say you are entering the door of Taichi Chuan.
J.H. Mr. Law Sifu again I would like to thank you for sharing your time, interest and understanding in allowing me this interview. Is there anything you wouldlike to add?
72752_513657482013983_1897833631_nB.L. CMC Taichi Chuan 37 is simplified and modified from the Yang style Taichi Chuan 94 movements. Professor Cheng Man-Ching set up Shi-Chung school in 1950 in Taipei and Shi-Chung New York in 1965 to teach and develop the Taichi chuan 37 movements. We should keep in touch and share our knowledge and improve together, as we are one Taichi Chuan Family.
Thankyou very much for the interview,

My best regards to all style Taichi Chuan friends in Australia.

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新年快樂! Chinese New Year Photo of the Melbourne Cheng Zi Tai Chi Study Association

IMG_2800新年快樂! Happy Chinese New Year from The Willow Tree School of Tai Chi, Melbourne Cheng Zi Tai Chi Study Association, Morgan Buchanan and Sifu Bill Law (羅倫讓)!

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Master Law Lun Yeung (羅倫讓) March 2013 visit to The Willow Tree School

Photos from the last visit from my teacher, Mr. Law Lun Yeung (羅倫讓) when he came to The Willow Tree School to teach some foundation exercises and form work. Very enjoyable class followed by lunch. Early March, 2013

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New Tai Chi Classes @ The Willow Tree School

Picture 23The Willow Tree School (Melbourne, Australia) will be running three classes for the new term starting Monday 15th July (7-8:30pm), Tuesday 16th July (10:30-11:30am) and Saturday 20th July (9:00-10:30am). The term will run for ten weeks and enrolment for each class will be $170.

We ran a special offer that was popular last term that we’ll continue to run for the foreseeable future – if you pay for one class, you can attend as many other classes as you like for free during the same term.

We’re also planning to run a workshop with my teacher Master Law Lun Yeung about halfway through this term. I look forward to practicing with you in class – Best, Morgan

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Shaking Hands With A Cloud – Meeting Sifu Bill Phillips

404512_542445732468491_802574464_nI visited Sifu Bill Phillips of Patience Tai Chi today. Sifu Bill was one of Professor Cheng Man Ching’s students and an instructor at the New York Shr Jung school. When we shook hands I nearly fell over because I couldn’t add any pressure in order to shake. He stuck to my hand with just surface contact and let me move his hand all over. No matter which way I went with the handshake I couldn’t add any pressure (and I mean not one ounce). It was like shaking hands with a cloud. Strange experience. I think my push hands has improved a great deal since my last visit with Sifu Bill but that didn’t make much difference to the outcome, still no luck. But as with last visit, I learned a great deal.

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Tai Chi Sword Sparring With The Amazing Maggie Newman

395289_545428745503523_537140162_nAmazing experience with Maggie Newman, Professor Cheng’s senior student. I used to visit Maggie when I lived in upstate New York some years ago. On this visit I was playing fencing with her students and she kept chastising me for clashing - the sound of the wooden swords hitting off each other. She picked up her sword and walked over to me and suggested we duel. “I wonder if you know about sticking?” she asked. To put this in context Maggie is 89 years old and I am 39 with over 20 years experience in tai chi and martial arts. All morning she’d been slowly moving around the studio, sittingdown, at one point laying down to rest but as soon as she picked up the sword her whole body came to life. I remember reading a similar thing about Ueshiba Morehei – he would walk like a old man but the second the students would attack and he started moving he was untouchable–the chi took over. That happened straight away, as soon as we touched swords. She advanced, chasing me all over the room as I tried to mount a defence. And it wasn’t an attack. As soon as we touched swords I couldn’t turn her blade aside. She just stuck to me and controlled me so that I was compelled to move into a bad position in order to try and escape. If you’ve ever seen the video of Professor Cheng chasing students all over the room, with them getting all backed up and being unable to move, and then eventually getting cut because of their own error-it was exactly like that. I used to wonder why they didn’t just turn Professor aside and cut him. Now I see it was because they couldn’t. It was a covering energy-listening, sticking, controlling. I tried turning the blade one way to get her off and she would follow and cut me the other way. It was more than just technical skill, it was her chi that allowed her to control me through the point of contact with the sword. At one point I was doing so badly that she just started having fun. It looked like she was just moving through the form, following and cutting me on the way as a by product of the movement. Amazing feeling. Now, how toget that happening in my own practice? Maggie is a true master and has great kung fu. Her students are very lucky! – Morgan

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