The Original Yang-Style
T'ai Chi Ch'uan as handed down in the tradition of the Yang family encompasses work on specific movements, breathing exercises, correction of wrong movements and working on a healthy, straight spine.
Although T'ai Chi Ch'uan works extremely well in self defence once it is mastered, its roots lie in inner principles, which Taoist masters used when they created T'ai Chi Ch'uan some 1000 years ago. This is why a T'ai Chi Ch'uan master does not excel primarily in exceptional combat skills, but in amazing demonstrations of inner energy. For example, Master Chu uproots people who push his back, shoulder or even his head without noticeable movement while sitting cross-legged on the floor. He calls this gentle energy "happy Chi", because of the feeling of happiness one experiences while meditating or doing the form.
Yang Lu Ch'an
is the founder of the Yang style. To keep the style of the family secret, he and all his famous successors taught a simplified form publicly. In the thirties of the last century this form was spread out in China through his grandson
Yang Ch'eng Fu
. From China it spread to the USA and to Europe.
Yang Shou Chung
the great-grandson of Yang Lu Chan, emigrated to Hong Kong in 1947 because of the cultural and political changings in his homeland. Together with his disciple Chu King Hung he later founded the ITCCA (International Tai Chi Chuan Association). In the seventies of the last century Master Chu emigrated to London and is teaching since then in Europe.
In the ITCCA, the Original Yang family-style is for the first time taught publicly with all the so called Family Secrets. Master Yang decided that the internal principles are too valuable for health to be withheld from the public any longer.
Chu King Hung
thrives to preserve the precious knowledge handed down to him and to pass it on through skilled and authorized teachers. He has already taught and authorized several disciples to make sure that the internal principles will not get lost.
Master Chu teaches regularly during 5-7 days holiday seminars all over Europe. His way of teaching is open-hearted and humorous.
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