Over 200 years ago, Yang Lu Chan created the Yang Family tai chi chuan. His family and students have past on their interpretation of this martial arts. There are now many branches that grew out of the teahings of the Yang Lu Chan. Amongst Yang Lu Chan's own students,
Quan You's son founded the Wu style
Wang Lan Ting' student created the Li style
Wu Ch’eng-ch’ing and his brothers created the Wu style
Wang Jiao-Yu teaching became the source for GuangPing style.
Yang Lu Chan's sons also modified his teachings. For example, the big, medium and small frames have been taught by Yang Ban Hou and Yang Jian Hou.
Yang Cheng Fu, the most well known teacher in the West, had hundreds of students since he taught through out China. Thirty or forty of his students were consider to be exceptional and of those, a few taught or left a written legacy. Some of those exceptional students also taught variations of the form. For example,
Cheng Man Ching (perhaps the most well known in the west)
Dong Ying Jie
Fu Chen Sung
The Yang Style is rich in tradition and heritage. Over the past 200 years, hundreds of martial artists have contributed to the teaching and philosophy of this style.
For those interested, we are working on a history of the Yang style starting with Yang Lu Chan. So far we have traced more than four hundred practitioners. Please e-mail me if you like a copy or an expand on some of the material in this history.