Yang's Grand Ultimate (Taiji) Boxing (Chuan)

 

Yang Taijiquan

Yang Lu Chan


 

Yang style taijiquan is the most popular Taijiquan style in the world. It places its emphasis on hidden obvious power through softness and relaxation. Its founder Yang Luchan was a very prominent fighter earning the title "Yang the Unmatchable". He made Yang taijiquan famous as a combat art, and as a health exercise. Historically it is mentioned that he had studied Shaolin Longfist and Wudang arts, but spent most of his life studying boxing in Chenjiaogou, with the Chen Taijiquan. His sons Yang Pan Hao and Yang Chien Hao became famous fighters and instructors.

Yang Chen Fu

Yang Chen Fu was Yang Lu Chan's grandson. He standardized and popularized Yang Taijiquan throughout China. His form is known as the 'Long Form' of 85, 103 or 108 movements depending on lineage. He also taught the Taiji Saber, Straight sword, Spear, and Tui Shou (push hands). Current descendants of the Yang family teaching are 4th generation Yang Zhenji and Yang Zhen Dou both sons of Yang chen Fu. 6th generation Yang Jun in Seattle Wa. has centers in USA and the world.

Yang Zhenji

Yang Zhendou and below: Yang Jun

Some Yang chen Fu's famous students are Fu Zhong Wen, who formed the Yongnian Association in Mainland China and Cheng Man Ching, who helped authored Yangs books. Also Beijing, Hongzhou, Nanqing, and Hong Kong and abroad have many famous teachers and Tung family, Fu family, Yang family teach abroad. Even rarer are 1st generation 'Old Yang' or 'Imperial Yang' Taiji lineages. 2nd, 3rd, and even 4th generations offer Non-Yang Family Taijiquan but call it 'Yang Style'.

Fu Zhong Wen

Cheng Man Ching

The Yang family taught so many people throughout the generations that there are discrepancies in what is taught. While some teach the long form and others teach various short forms. The more public is the Long Form, Sword and Saber forms along with push hands and Da Lu. There are those few who teach rare two person san shou (choreographed) forms , and other bare hand, rare sword, rare saber, and rare long weapons such as spear and staff.  Even fewer teach  "Hidden and Secret" form. Many variations like 13 Wudang form, Guang Ping form, Yang Lu Chan's form, Yang Jian Hao form, and Yang Pan Hao forms, fast forms, low forms, and Taiji Long boxing. Still others teach special weapons as well. Wu Jian Quan's style of taijiquan is often considered  a 'small circle' variation of Yang's taijiquan.

The rarest of teachers is those that can fight and have fought before. These are the most rare of teachers in an art dying in the shadow of Boxing and Mixed Martial Art (MMA) cage fight events which have gained popularity over traditional martial arts. We have tried to recognized those masters of past and present in the "IMA fighter Hall of Fame" and preserve all aspects of the health, combat athletics, self defense, and spirit with discipline to match up with fighters in various martial sport events of push hands, Shuai Chiao, and Lei Tai San Shou.

 

Yang Tai Chi Chuan General and Long Description

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Yang Taijiquan Curriculum

 

Wu De: martial arts code.

 

Warm ups and stretch

 

Basic exercises and Qigong

 

13 Techniques form

 

Yang Short forms

 

85 Long form

 

Tui Shou: Single hand and Double hand methods including Da lu

 

56 Straight sword form and Two person technique set

 

13 Saber form and two person drills

 

24 Spear form and two person technique set

 

88 two person shan shou set

 

Research techniques: striking, kicks, grapple, Qi-na, Anti-qi-na, Shuai jiao.

 

Yang style fajing and Fast Taijiquan.

 

San Shou- free sparring, pad work, and fight circuits.