<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mls_72:
<B>So I found out on this and other boards that The style Yang Lu Shan may previously have studied Hongquan- Red fist was A Chang chuan (Shaolin Long Fist) style that had a small frame, long frame and fast frame as well with many of the postures resembling something like Taijiquan.
Hi Matt, I guess no one can tell for sure what was Yang Lu Chan's original martial art. I read a book quoting it was eagle claws then there are others quoting it was Hongquan etc. Personally, I like to hold to this; irrespective of what YLC's original art was, taiji is the art that he spent the rest of his life in. Then on, all other generations of Yang family down to Yang Sau Chung practiced only taiji and none other. The title `Yang the Invinsible' was past-on for 3 generations until Yang Cheng Fu, this proved that taiji is amongst the best of martial art system.