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Essential T'ai Chi Exercises


Before studying with Chen, Yu-Ben, Yang, Lu-Chan, had already mastered Shaolin, Liu He Hsing-I, and Wu Tang Thirteen Postures.
Hsing-I, is based upon the Spear. Old Chen family boxing contains elements of Shaolin Red Fist, and Hsing-I.
Yang's style, comes from the Shaolin, Hshing-I, Wu Tang Thirteen Postures, and Old Chen family boxing.

Yang, Lu-Chan, traveled the land, carrying his spear and challenging everyone.
Yang, was undefeated, yet never hurt anybody, making friends everywhere he went.
A poet reported on a match he witnessed, and described Yang's art, as T'ai Chi Ch'uan.

The original T'ai Chi Ch'uan, of Yang, Lu-Chan, was different than that which his son, Yang, Ban-Hou, taught the Manchu guard, in Peking.

Yang, Lu-Chan, became friends with, Dong Hai-Ch'uan.
Ba Gua, seems likely derived from the original, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, of Yang, Lu-Chan.

Yang, Ban-Hou, taught a Han, stable boy, Wang Jiao-Yu, who latter taught the system to Kuo Lien Ying
and Wang Chih Chien, both of whom passed on the art to the fifth generation, Dr. Yun Chung Chiang.

The disparity in Yang Ban-Hou's, Tai Chi, from that which he taught to the Manchu Imperial Guard, was noted by Pu Ru, the
brother of the last Ching dynasty's emperor. Pu Ru was a renowned artist from whom Dr. Chiang learned Chinese calligraphy
and Northern style painting. YC Chiang, lived next door to Cheng, Man-Ching, in Taiwan, but studied with Kuo, Lien-Ying.

David Cheng was a twenty year student of Cheng, Man-Ching, in Taiwan. He taught 108 form Classical Yang style,
yet, when he demonstrated applications, he utilized frame from, Kuan Ping Yang, and Ba Gua.

Bruce Lee studied T'ai Chi, I-Ch'uan, and boxed using Wing Chun.
Jeet Kune Do is based primarily on Fencing and Western Boxing.