Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan History
Yang Lu Chan (1799-1872), founder of Yang Style
Tai Chi Chuan, was born in Hebei province. In his
youth he had learned Shaolin Kung Fu, and because
of his love of martial arts, later sought the opportunity
to be trained by Chen Chang Xing, a master who had
learned Tai Chi from Jiang Fa. After years of training to
prove himself worthy, Chen Chang Xing accepted Yang
Lu Chan as his disciple, where he spent 18 years perfecting
and unlocking the secrets of this soft style martial art.
Through continuous Tai Chi training and self-research, Yang Lu Chan achieved such a high level of martial art skill that he defeated all challenges from masters of other kung fu styles through out China and was named Yang Wu Di (Yang the Invincible).
Yang Lu Chan trained his two sons, Ban Hou and Jian Hou, who continued to spread Yang Family Tai Chi through out local martial art circles. Eventually his sons helped him to train his grandson Yang Cheng Fu who became the greatest Tai Chi Chuan teacher in China.