Cheng Man Ching’s 37 Forms of Tai Chi
The 37 Forms of Tai Chi have today become synonymous with the Tai Chi of Professor Cheng Man Ching. Although Professor Cheng never referred to his Tai Chi in this way, but rather a shorter version of the Yang form, it has become a popular title to use. Some still use “Cheng Style Tai Chi”, a name first coined by my teacher Wu Kuo Chung but later copyrighted by others. Professor Cheng, however, would certainly not have approved of such a name. In truth, the 37 Forms bear close resemblance to the Yang forms, yet have quite a few subtle differences made by Cheng. As is well known, the primary reason for Cheng to develop this shortened version was after being tasked to teach the Chinese military in a short space of time. He felt the Yang style of 108 forms to be too long. This is also a reason why this style of Tai Chi has been popularised around the world.