Yang Lu Chan, the founder of the Yang style of
Taijiquan learnt his art from Chen Chang Xin, a martial arts master from
the Chen Village in Wen County, Henan. Chen Chang Xin was versed in his
family martial art Pao Chui (Cannon Pounding) and was also a student of
Jiang Fa whose master was Wang Tsung Yueh. From this lineage, the art
was traced back to the Internal Boxing founded by Chang San Feng, a Taoist
residing on Wu Dang Mountain, the founder of Wu Dang martial arts, second
in popularity only to the Shaolin school.2
Yang Lu Chan was born poor, a son of a farmer. He loved martial arts and had studied Shaolin Hung Quan with a local boxer, building up a good martial arts foundation. In any case, after some period of study, so great was his mastery of the form that Chen dismissed him and Yang returned to Yung-nein to teach martial arts. Later, one of his students recommended him go to Beijing to propagate the art. Yang eventually established a school of Tai Chi there, although not without some difficulties. In time he taught Tai Chi to the Imperial court and became known as 'Yang the Unsurpassed'.
This set of routine forms is traditionaly considered to consist of 88 movements. These movements derive from the martial arts. It develops all the basic principals of Tai Chi: balance; centeredness; empty vs. full (wieghted & non-weighted); alignment; careful attention to precise movement; rootedness of the legs; flexibility of the waist; sinking one's energy to the 'Lower Dantian'; internal stillness; smooth movement rhythms, etc. It consists of three 'stages' of increasing length and difficulty.
Such VCD is of English version and both the English
subtitle and explanation can help practitioners well understand the essentials
of Yang-style Tai Chi Chuan. Lee De Yin, who is the contemporary famous
Tai Chi master and professor now working with People's University of China
and state-level coach in Beijing Martial Arts Committee, gives lectures
in the program regarding the key points for every phases in the 88-posture
routine forms. Chen Shi Tan, championship winner in World Tai Chi Chuan
Contest' 93, showcase every postures in a detailed way (reviewed often
from front or back).
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Mr. Wang Tao
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