Yang Family Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) "Grand Ultimate Boxing"
above image from left to right: Fu Zhong Wen, Yang Chen Fu, Yang Shao Hao, Sun Lu Tang, Wu Chien Quan, Ma Yueh Liang, Tung Ji Yieh, Chen Wei Ming (below Sun Lu Tang).
The Yang Family first brought Tai Chi Chuan out of obscurity in the 1800's during the Ching dynasty as founder Yang Lu Chan left Chen village after training with Chen Changxin. Yang Lu Chan taught members of the Royal family and soldiers of the Imperial guard in Beijing. His sons, 2nd generation Yang Ban Hou and Yang Chien Hou continued to train and spread Tai Chi. It was however 3rd generation Master Yang Chen Fu, who standardized and taught the "Long form" around all provinces of China and eventually the world. 4th generation Yang Zhen Dou (3rd son of Yang Chen Fu) and 6th generation Yang Jun (Seattle Washington USA) are the head of the International Yang Family Association. link to Yang Family Tai Chi Association
Fu Zhong Wen (pictured above) was a disciple of Yang Chen Fu, he founded the Yongnian Yang Taijiquan Association 70 years ago in Shanghai. Fu Zhong Wen has passed away, however his son Fu Sheng Yuan and James Qing Quan Fu still teach in Asia and abroad. link to World Yongnian Tai Chi Association
Tai Chi Chuan (pinyin- Taijiquan) translates as Grand Ultimate Boxing. Grand Ultimate is the power of the universe, its duality, and polarity of the 'Yin' and 'Yang' forces described by the Taoist Sages.
Polaris (Northern Star) Wushu (Chinese War Arts) Boxing is a complete system offering Traditional and Modern Martial Arts for Health, Strength, Sports, Combat, and Spirit. Yongnian Taiji Motto: Diligence, Perseverance, Respect, Sincerity.
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Chinese Fighting: San Da, San Shou and Lei Tai Full Contact
Chinese San Shou and Lei Tai Fighting have been around for hundreds of years as proving ground of fighting skills between various schools in the Chinese Gong fu Martial Arts Community.
There are still Neijia (Internal) schools (Tai Chi Chuan, Pa-kua Chang, Hsing-yi Chuan, Yi Chuan, etc.) existing that carry on the tradition of using internal Gong Fu as a full contact fighting martial art. Even though its spiritual and health benefits will always outlast the combative and sport aspects in the long run, it is important to not let the true meaning of the art be lost. Neijia's were first famous as martial arts and the integrity of being a martial arts should be honored and preserved for future generations.We also offer sport competition if that is what you are looking for: Taolu (forms), Weapon forms and fighting, Tui Shou (push hands), Beginner/intermediate Point fighting and Continuous fighting, and Sanda/San Shou/Lei Tai (full contact fighting). Coach has all the experience from forms, weapons, push hands, and full contact fighting to help take you places, make you a champion, and steer you to the right people.
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Cheng Man Ching: America's most popular Tai Chi
There is no doubt Cheng Man Ching's (CMC)style of Tai Chi is the most popular in USA (as well as Taiwan and Malaysia). He was a master of 5 excellence: Painting, Poetry, Calligraphy, Medicine, and Tai Chi/martial art. Since his publications in the 1960's, with the help of Robert W. Smith, and establishing the 'Shur Jung' school in New York City, it is by far the dominant style of Tai Chi Chuan in America. CMC disciples William CC Chen, Ben Lo, and Robert W. Smith, along with their next generation of certified students have helped it grow immensely. The CMC style is firmly rooted and here to stay.
Many of the Tai Chi competitions in the USA have many good CMC push hands competitors and even full contact fighters. While more and more masters from Chen family, Yang family, and Wu family continue to come to USA and teach their systems, they will have to understand that many American's are already doing CMC's offshoot of Yang family's Tai Chi. This modification of the Yang Family art is called Cheng Man Ching's "37 Yang Short form". As someone who has trained in both short form and Yang long form, there are many stylistic differences.