- Founder of Tai Ji Quan style Yang
Yang style is one of the most important Taiji quan
styles. It was created by Yang Lu Chan (1799 – 1872) who was born in Hebei Province. He was sold as a slave in Chen Jia Gou (the village of
the Chen family) in the town of Wen, Henan province, when he was 10, because of the poor
conditions of his family. Chen Chang Xin, the Chen style Tai ji Quan leader at
that time, appreciated his cleverness and accepted him as a student, which was
an extraordinary event for a person not member of the Chen family.
Yang Lu Chan studied very hard with his Master and
came back to his town around 1850.
Then he went to Beijing, where he officially served in the Army as martial
At that time the Emperor and his courtiers were not
enjoying good health because of their over-indulgence at table and lack of
gymnastic: Yang began to work by modifying the Taiji style and eliminating the
most difficult aspects and movements, such as for instance fa jing (explosive
force issuing), the several jumps and kicks and created a new internal style of
Kung-Fu which today is called Taiji Yang.