Yang style is the most widely practiced form of Tai Chi in the world. Many of the offshoots such as Beijing 24 and modified Yang style are recent manifestations based on the traditional form. Yang Lu Chan (1799-1872), also known as Yang the Invincible was the founder of the Yang style. His art has been handed down for the past 160 years.
Yang Cheng Fu (1883-1936, third generation of the Yang family), one of China's great martial artists, standardized the 85 movement form. In the 1920s he was captured on photos performing each of the 85 postures. It is this form which is known as the authentic Yang style. Furthermore, it includes the Traditional Yang Sword Form (51 Movements), Traditional Sable Form, Stick and Spear Form and the work of Tui Shou and Fa Jin.
Yang Cheng Fu's relative and disciple, great Grand Master Fu Zhong Wen, inherited leadership of Yang style, representing the fourth generation. He was still strong, healthy and practicing Tai Chi right up to his death at the age of 92. Yang Cheng Fu's grand-nephew, Fu Sheng Yuan is the fifth generation to receive the entire transmission of the family art. He is nowadays the world's foremost authority on Yang style Tai Chi, and has many followers throughout the world. Great Grandmaster Fu Sheng Yuan was awarded the 8th Dan grade by the Chinese Wu Shu Association in China.
Grandmaster Fu's son, Master Fu Qing Quan (James) is following in his ancestors' footsteps. He is the sixth generation to inherit the full transmission of Authentic Yang Family Tai Chi. Master James Fu was the national Chinese champion for Tai Chi weapon in 1988 and for Tai Chi form in 1989. He has been awarded a 7th Dan grade by the Chinese Wu Shu Association.
Under the auspices of Grandmaster Fu Sheng Yuan the Yong Nian Tai Chi’s instructors from all parts of the World are dedicated to passing worldwide the Authentic Yang Style Tai Chi.
The 1st Conference of the World Yongnian Tai Chi Federation was a success. From the 3rd to the 5th of June 2011 several member countries of World Yongnian Tai Chi Federation have met in met in Yokohama / Japan, namely Portuguese, Chinese, Australian and Japanese members.
It was held on the 10th April 2011 an inauguration ceremony promoted by the Government of Handan which aim was to mark the begining of the work to build a mausoleum in memory and honour of the Yang Tai Chi Family in his native village,
Interview to a World Yongnian Tai Chi Federation\'s Member
Today’s interview has the cooperation of Michael A. Selvaraj, one of our most dedicated members. He has answered some questions that we have pointed out in order to guide the presentation of his personal story that hereby we share with all of you.
The origin of Tai Chi Chuan is a controversial topic that incorporates a multiplicity of historical factors that include social, political and philosophical questions of the Chinese Culture. Several historical facts form a complex net of information, which linear analysis becomes of difficult understanding. Therefore and in order to clarify, as much as possible, the Tai Chi origin, I think that it is advisable to expose the several theories in a structured and clear approach, accordingly to a systematized model that suits three principal theories. Those theories characterize and differentiate the Tai Chi Chuan emergence, considering time and space variables, as well and obviously, in what concerns the historical characters that had been wrapped in this art birth.