Nigel Sutton

Nigel is a martial artist with more than forty years of experience who has spent the last two decades living, training and teaching in Southeast Asia. The author of a number of books on the Asian martial traditions and a lineaged initiate in many of these systems, Nigel continues to research, through practice and participant observation, the martial traditions of the region. Working from his foundational knowledge and experience of the taijiquan of Cheng Man Ching Nigel has broadened the scope of his studies to include other Chinese martial arts, multiple styles of silat, traditional Filipino Eskrima (De Campo JDC-IO) and Thailand’s Krabi Krabong.

Nigel holds instructor rankings, many of them at a senior grade in Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Liangshi Wushu, five styles of Silat, Eskrima DeCampo JDC-IO and Krabi Krabong. His current research is focused on the core elements common to all martial arts which constitute effective martial movement.

Wisdom of Taiji Masters

Wisdom of Taiji Masters


In this ground-breaking book, author Nigel Sutton presents the wisdom, skill and experience of contemporary masters of Cheng Man Ching’s Taijiquan as practiced in Malaysia and Singapore. Included are full discussions on training, teaching, Taiji principles, weapons, push hands, sparring, challenge matches, mind-body-spirit development, and stories of the late Master Cheng. Two generations of revered masters discuss Cheng’s art in detail, including: Lau Kim Hong, Lee Bei Lei, Zhou Mu Tu, Ho Ah San, Tan Ching Ning, Dr. Fong Fung Tong, Wu Chiang Hsing and Koh Ah Tee.

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