Yang Style Tai Chi Short Form

Various forms of exercise and meditation, and many styles of martial arts similar to Tai Chi have been taught in China for thousands of years.  

What we now know as Yang Style Tai Chi was first taught by Yang LuChan in the nineteenth century. Master Yang had learnt martial arts with the famous Chen family, before going on to teach the imperial family in China. A very powerful fighter, he slowed his movements down as he taught them to the imperial family.  

His grandson, Yang ChengFu, was one of his many students. Yang ChengFu slowed the movements further, and expanded them with a “big form” or “large frame” method that further emphasised the healing qualities of the movements.  

One of his students, Cheng Man-Ch’Ing, was convinced that Tai Chi had cured him of tuberculosis, and as he himself taught he further emphasised the healing aspects of the art.  Cheng Man-Ch’ing moved from China to Taiwan in 1949, and later for a time to New York from the mid 1960s to the early 1970s, where he taught Tai Chi in New York’s Chinatown, and is widely credited with introducing Tai Chi to the west.  

The Yang Style Tai Chi taught at LCTKD is very close to that taught by these masters, and the version of the 68 movement “Yang Style Short Form” sequence we teach beginners is very similar indeed to that taught by Yang ChengFu to Cheng Man-Ch’Ing.  Though Professor Cheng shortened the form when he taught it in New York, you can see a video of him performing the original version by clicking on his photograph, to the right.

Yang ChengFu

Cheng Man-Ch’ing

Click on his photo to see a video of him performing the Yang Style Short Form.

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 “Tai Chi: the Yang Style Short Form Explained,”

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