Monthly Archives: December 2009

5th stop, Guangfu: Su Yongqiang

From Handan, I moved on to Guangfu town, the cradle of both Yang and Wu (Yuxiang) styles of taiji. There is a coach that runs from Handan to Guangfu which takes about an hour. The town itself is of an … Continue reading

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4th stop, Handan: Wang Changxing

The founder of Yang style taiji, Yang Luchan, was from Guangfu town in what is now Yongnian county in Hebei province. Naturally, Yang and his sons taught many of the locals their art, and so there are many branches of … Continue reading

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3rd stop, Taigu: Song Guanghua

The small town of Taigu in Shanxi province holds a special place in xingyiquan circles as the home of the founders of both Song and Che styles of xingyi. Even today, there are still many xingyi masters teaching in Taigu … Continue reading

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2nd stop, Taiyuan: Cao Zhiqing

Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province, is definitely not the China you see in the coffee table books. Shanxi is the centre of China’s coal-mining industry, and it shows. Anyone planning a long-term stay in Shanxi should first consider whether … Continue reading

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1st Stop, Beijing: Dong Haichuan’s Tomb

The first stop on my ‘neijia tour’ was Beijing. I know that Beijing is full of good masters of the various neijia arts, but unfortunately due to time constraints the only ‘neijia-themed’ stop I was able to make was a … Continue reading

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China Trip 2009

I have just got back from a trip to China, during which I visited some of the ‘homes’ of the neijia arts, and had the good fortune to meet and talk with some local masters. Over the next week or … Continue reading

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