Category Archives: Yiquan

Old photos of Yiquan training

Just came across some photos of Yao Zongxun teaching Yiquan (from this site) in the 80s that I thought would be of interest to all the Yiquan guys out there: The context for these photos is that they were taken … Continue reading

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Reminiscences of Master Yao Zongxun – Final Part

A: Has M Yao’s Yiquan moved away from M Wang’s Yiquan in its appearance? C: On top of the foundation laid down by M Wang, M Yao made his Yiquan clearer, more detailed. He used modern kinesiology to explain Yiquan. … Continue reading

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Reminiscences of Master Yao Zongxun Part VII

A: Nowadays, a lot of the people who practice Yiquan never saw Wang Xiangzhai for themselves, they’ve only heard or read about him. These people all want to develop M Wang’s ability to ‘launch’ people and┬átalk about his feats with … Continue reading

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Reminiscences of Yao Zongxun part VI

A: Just now we got to talking about how you quit your job for Yiquan, what was all that about? C: In 1981, soon after M Yao and I had returned from Shanghai, in order to develop a Beijing San … Continue reading

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Reminiscences of Yao Zongxun part V

A: We’ve long heard that Yiquan’s penetrating power (chuan tou li) is formidable. Did M Yao set you any ‘rules’ for responding to challenges? C: At first, there were no rules. Later on, there was one incident that resulted in … Continue reading

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Reminiscences of Yao Zongxun part IV

A: Some people say that M Yao was conservative, that he didn’t teach openly, how would you respond to this? C: It wasn’t like that. A lot of people learnt Yiquan from M Yao, both on the health and martial … Continue reading

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Reminiscences of Yao Zongxun – pt III

A: You mentioned punchbag work just now. Is there a process to this too, or did students just start straightaway? C: There’s a sequence to everything. M Yao divided our punchbag training into several stages. First we hit small cotton … Continue reading

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