From its mythical origins in the first millenium, taijiquan has been a martial art, but also a system of cultivating health and longevity, as well as a meditation practice to achieve balance and harmony with nature. Professor Cheng Man-Ch'ing, who was a true taijiquan master, was also a master of Chinese medicine, and three other "excellences." From his understanding of the circulation of Qi in the channels of acupuncture, the professor made some modifications to the forms that would greatly enhance the health effects of taijiquan. He also shortened the form he learned from Yang Chengfu, by eliminating some of the repetition, while preserving the essential character. It is possible to complete one round of the professor's form, at the correct speed, in 12 minutes — about a third of the time needed for the long form. Thus, the professor's form greatly benefits health, while being suitable for daily practice even for people with busy modern lifestyles.
Kim Bonsteel teaches and practices taijiquan in the style the professor taught in Taiwan and New York. Mr. Bonsteel's main instructor since the beginning of his training is Barry Marshall, taijiquan instructor at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine. Mr. Bonsteel's mentor was the late Sean C. Marshall, D.Ac.(UK), who studied with direct students of the professor. Before his passing, Dr. Marshall gave his approval for Mr. Bonsteel to begin teaching.
Center for Acupuncture & Healing Arts organizes group training in taijiquan, and also offers private lessons. For more information, call (828) 526-0743.
Wikipedia article on Cheng Man-ch'ing
Old Cheng Man-ch'ing video: