My view is that as the title of the features suggest i.e. Kung fu Quest, they allocate more time to those taijiquan with more martial representation. However, the following videos have better representation of the Yang style. http://youtu.be/KHEMA7v4bQ4
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Hi there. Let me first wish you a Happy New Year when it comes. New Year is a favourite time for me (as a Scotsman).
Let me start by saying that i in no way wish to argue, but to discuss. I can think of a few reasons why a representative from Yang Style might've refused to participate, but i don't believe it was a good move.
First let me point out something about the video you posted. The Gentleman in the blue top who heavily features in the video is actually Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, 10th Generation Chen style. Grand master Chen also featured in the video i posted. I honestly can not name the other people in the video (although i think i recognise Chen Xiaoxing, i might be wrong), so i can not comment on which style they study. If this video better represents Yang Style, we are in a sorry state indeed. (this is in no way meant to be offensive to your good self).
Second, although it pains me to admit that too many Yang style teachers relegate the martial aspect of the style in order to teach the health aspect, i find it hard to believe that someone couldn'tve stepped up to the plate to give the style an adequate representation in this series. Having the style as two minute addendum consisting of "Mostly Harmless" does not sit well with me to be honest. I've watched 6 of the 10 episodes of this program and all styles were represented by the lineage holders or the best in their style. Has our style really lost it's martial aspect as the program suggests? I don't believe so, but i do believe that the method they use to test the styles (a free sparring contest) was inadequate as a way of showing the benefits of internal martial arts.
When i was switched on to that video i was looking forward to seeing our style, especially after seeing the sections on Chen and Wu. I was deeply disappointed by what i saw, that's all.