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History Of Tai Chi

The Origins of Yang Tai Chi

1500 Hundred Years of History


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Tai Chi Chuan, translating to "Grand Ultimate Fist", is considered to be one of the highest forms of martial art and health practice. Tracing back to the Liang Period (AD 502-557) of China’s Northern and Southern Dynasty, tai chi is one of the oldest documented forms of martial arts.

The tai chi of today can be traced back to the Yuan Dynasty (AD 1271-1368) to a Taoist scholar by the name of Zhang San-Feng. Already an old man before beginning his tai chi training, he added concepts that would allow him to defeat younger and stronger opponents. These principles included: use calm against action, soft against hard, slow against fast, and use one technique to defeat many. His ideas would shape the evolution of tai chi for several hundred years.

Tai Chi and Chen Jia Gou

Wang Zong-Yue a student of a student of Zhang San-Feng, was a Taijiquan expert and scholar who wrote much about Taijiquan theory. From Wang, Taijiquan branches off to Northern and Southern style Taijiquan. The Northern style was handed down to Jiang Fa during the Qing dynasty (1662-1722). Jiang Fa traveled through the Chen family village, Chen Jia Gou, to visit his mother in Hunan. The inhabitants of Chen village were known for practicing a Shaolin-like martial art that was passed down from the Ming Dynasty (AD1368-1644) called Pow-Chui or Cannon Fist. Jiang was confronted by a man named Chen Chang-Xing and after a small altercation, Chen would ask Jiang to be taken on as a student. This would begin the legacy which is now Chen Tai Chi.

Yang Family Tai Chi

Yang Family Tai Chi has its roots in the Chen Family. A man by the name of Yang Lu-Chan (1799-1872) came to Chen Village to seek out the Chen Tai Chi knowledge and health benefits. Yang Lu-Chan had studied Shaolin Kung Fu as a youth and was already a highly skilled martial artist. He would study in Chen Village for 18 years from the now famous master Chen Chang-Xing. Later, Yang would bring tai chi to Beijing with his two sons, Yang Ban-Hou & Yang Jian-Hou, where it quickly became popular in the local martial arts circles.

Yang Jiang-Hou had two sons, Yang Shou-Hou and Yang Cheng-Fu. Yang Cheng-Fu and his student, Chen Wei-Ming are both famous for spreading Taijiquan throughout China and making Yang family tai chi one of the most widely practiced forms of martial arts in the world today.

Yang Family Tai Chi and White Dragon Martial Arts

One of Yang Cheng Fu's last closed door disciples, was our late Great Grandmaster Hu Yuen Chou (1906-1997). Dr. Hu, a graduate of Western Medicine Academy, spent decades promoting Chinese martial arts in Canton and Hong Kong. He was also instrumental in passing on the Yang system to the American public through Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong. Master Nathan Fisher, the founder of White Dragon Schools, has been one of Grandmaster Wong's top students since 1980, and continues to advance the teachings of the Yang family. Because of this strong connection, White Dragon is one of the few schools in the country that teach the authentic Yang family Tai Chi system.

Tai Chi and Chen Jia Gou

Training for Life V3 1Wang Zong-Yue a student of a student of Zhang San-Feng, was a Taijiquan expert and scholar who wrote much about Taijiquan theory. From Wang, Taijiquan branches off to Northern and Southern style Taijiquan. The Northern style was handed down to Jiang Fa during the Qing dynasty (1662-1722). Jiang Fa traveled through the Chen family village, Chen Jia Gou, to visit his mother in Hunan. The inhabitants of Chen village were known for practicing a Shaolin-like martial art that was passed down from the Ming Dynasty (AD1368-1644) called Pow-Chui or Cannon Fist. Jiang was confronted by a man named Chen Chang-Xing and after a small altercation, Chen would ask Jiang to be taken on as a student. This would begin the legacy which is now Chen Tai Chi.

Yang Family Tai Chi

Yang Family Tai Chi has its roots in the Chen Family. A man by the name of Yang Lu-Chan (1799-1872) came to Chen Village to seek out the Chen Tai Chi knowledge and health benefits. Yang Lu-Chan had studied Shaolin Kung Fu as a youth and was already a highly skilled martial artist. He would study in Chen Village for 18 years from the now famous master Chen Chang-Xing. Later, Yang would bring tai chi to Beijing with his two sons, Yang Ban-Hou & Yang Jian-Hou, where it quickly became popular in the local martial arts circles.

Yang Jiang-Hou had two sons, Yang Shou-Hou and Yang Cheng-Fu. Yang Cheng-Fu and his student, Chen Wei-Ming are both famous for spreading Taijiquan throughout China and making Yang family tai chi one of the most widely practiced forms of martial arts in the world today.

Yang Family Tai Chi & White Dragon Martial Arts

Master Fisher Yang Tai Chi Snake Creeps Low 1One of Yang Cheng Fu's last closed door disciples, was our late Great Grandmaster Hu Yuen Chou (1906-1997). Dr. Hu, a graduate of Western Medicine Academy, spent decades promoting Chinese martial arts in Canton and Hong Kong. He was also instrumental in passing on the Yang system to the American public through Grandmaster Doc Fai Wong. Master Nathan Fisher, the founder of White Dragon Schools, has been one of Grandmaster Wong's top students since 1980, and continues to advance the teachings of the Yang family. Because of this strong connection, White Dragon is one of the few schools in the country that teach the authentic Yang family Tai Chi system.

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