Our understanding of T'ai Chi Ch'uan as it is handed down in the tradition of the Yang family encompasses work on specific movements, breathing exercises, correction of wrong movements and working to have a healthy, straight spine. The movements can be tested in chi-tests and not in combat application, because 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, rather in amazing demonstrations of inner energy, as Master Chu shows very well (e.g. he 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 in practicing the tai chi form or meditation there is a manifestation of a feeling of happiness which invades one's daily life more and more.
Yang Lu Ch'an (1799-1872) is the founder of the Yang style. To protect the style of the family he himself and all his famous successors inside the Yang Family taught a simplified public form.
In the thirties of the last century this form was spread out in China through Yang Ch'eng Fu (1883-1936; grandson of Yang Lu Ch´an). From China it came to the USA and to Europe.
Yang Shou Chung (1910-1985; grandson of Yang Lu Ch´an) emigrated to Hong Kong in the year 1947, because of the cultural changings in his homeland. Later he founded together with his disciple Chu King-hung the ITCCA (International Tai Chi Chuan Association). Master Chu emigrated in the seventies of the last century to London and is teaching since then in Europe.
Inside the ITCCA the Original Yang Family style is for the first time taught publicly with all the so called Family Secrets. Master Yang made this decision, because the fighting skills of the internal power are useless against today's guns and pistols. So, should someone with a bad character learn them, there is not as much harm done as was the case past times. Furthermore, the internal principles are very precious for health and therefore helpful for anyone who learns them. Grandmaster Chu fullfills his master's wish eagerly and with an open heart.
So is the main intention of the ITCCA to preserve this old knowledge and to teach it through well skilled and authorized teachers.
In every european country, where he was and is travelling to teach, is one or are several disciples who are competent to transfuse the former secret cognition into their culture and mother tongue.
Master Chu King-hung teaches regularly during 5-7 days holiday seminars in all Europe. His way of teaching, what he embodies after more than 50 years Tai Chi, is heartfull and humerous.