Tai Chi (Cheng Man-ch’ing short Yang form)

Tai Chi (Cheng Man-ch’ing short Yang form)

There are three main families in Tai Chi – Yang, Wu and Chen.

The Cheng Man-ch’ing short Yang form is a shortened version of the traditional Long Yang form created by Master Cheng Man-ch’ing.

This shortened form can be played in 8-15 minutes at a fairly moderate pace. It is an upright form that does not put undue stress on the legs, the back or the mind.

It was shortened by Master Cheng when he arrived in New York to accommodate his small flat. It is sometimes called an “apartment form.”

The form maintains all the principles of the Yang form with its soft roundness, its powerful emptiness and its ease.

It’s an easy form to learn and remember.




The form is a set sequence of moves to be remembered and played through in the same order every time.

It can cause frustration for those who find it hard to memorize body movements like in a dance.

Tai Chi is not dancing however. It is an energy art and a martial art.

Tai Chi translates as “Grand Ultimate”. It is the grand ultimate interplay between what is substantial and insubstantial, energetically, physically, mentally, emotionally and more. TaiĀ  Chi is never about a single position or move. Transitions are the Tai Chi. It exists within the state of change, not at a destination.

When practiced regularly (daily or more than once a day) it can contribute greatly toward peace of mind and a strong body.


Tai Chi at the Broad MSU from Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on Vimeo.

Tai Chi is also a masterful and commanding martial art. The disciple will learn integral and crucial practical applicationsĀ  through the form that will serve them effectively in defense and mental fortitude.

The practice of pushing hands helps the practitioner to put the lessons of the form into practice through touch. We learn to “listen” through our bodies through touch and movement, responding to the forces that are presented.

Soft martial arts or internal martial arts are the most respectable, if not mysterious of the martial arts.

Come discover the hidden power within softness.
Do not mistake softness for weakness.

Sifu Belinda Thurston began teaching with the Dallas Academy of Tai Chi Chuan where she studied under Sifu Susan Leonard.

Belinda plays the Cheng Man-Ch’ing Short Yang, Wu and Chen forms. She also has practiced Baguazhang and Hsing Yi.

She also plays the Yang Sword Form.

Belinda is an accomplished push hands player having won multiple competitions for stationary and moving push hands.

She teaches the Cheng Man-ch’ing form, QiGong (tai chi exercises) and push hands.

Belinda has opened the Lansing Dragonboat races with tai chi warmups since the races began in 2011.


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