Category Archives: Yang style taiji

ROOTING, RELAXING AND PENG IN TAIJIQUAN  

  I recently had an encounter with a teacher here in Shanghai which made me change the way I think about the IMA concepts of relaxation (song), sinking (chen) and peng jing (expanding force) – how to define them and … Continue reading

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Zhao Bin and the Yang family

It is not often realised that, of the commonly listed disciples of Yang Chengu, 3 were actually relatives of his, namely Fu Zhongwen, Zhao Bin and Zhang Qinglin. Both Fu and Zhang are fairly well known in the West through … Continue reading

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Stories of Cui Yishi

Apologies for the long hiatus. Due to a new job, I no longer have enough time to do long translations. Instead I will try to post snippets and interesting videos on a more regular basis.  The first of this new … Continue reading

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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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Fu Nei Pai taiji of Li Zheng

In response to a post on Emptyflower, I thought I’d translate an interview about Fu Nei Pai Yang style taiji, which traces its lineage back to  a Manchu general, Fu Zhou, who studied from Yang Luchan in the mansion of … Continue reading

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Yang Banhou’s Taiji in Yongnian

Western fans of taiji will no doubt be familiar with the exploits of the Yang family. The vast majority of Yang stylists worldwide derive their taiji from Yang Luchan’s grandson, Yang Chengfu. But how many are aware that in the … Continue reading

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