Yang family Tai Chi Chuan started with Yang Lu
Chan (1799-1872) who went to the Chen village to study with Chen Chang Xing. The
birthplace of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan is Hebei Province, Yongnian County. About
200 years ago, Yang Lu Chan went to Beijing to teach the Emperor's Family.
People would watch and wanted to learn from him. His movements were smooth, slow
Yang Style is the most popular style of Tai Chi
practiced around the world today. This is largely due to the Yang family
teaching to the public and not keeping it private.
Students learn the Hand Form, Push Hands, and
Weapons (sword, saber and staff). The hand form is the foundation for all other
forms. After learning the hand form the student progresses to learn push hands.
Push Hands teaches the student to apply the 8 energies taught in the hand form
with an opponent/partner. The sword and saber teaches the student how to use a
weapon. The sword and saber still follow the 10 essentials while maintaining the
large, graceful, and even pace. The sword techniques are clear, light, flexible,
lively and flowing and the saber techniques are heavy, powerful, and energetic
and show strong spirit.
Some of the many benefits of Tai Chi include:
- A Strong mind and body connection
- Improves coordination
- Relaxation and reduction of stress
- Internal organs are exercised, blood
circulation is improved
- Regular practice of Tai Chi helps to
prevent illness and improves health longevity
- Relieves arthritis and increases
flexibility of the joints
- Prevents bone fatigue
- Improves mental and physical concentration
- Helps to prevent chronic diseases such as
heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes
- Helps to prevent falls by improving
- Strengthens and improves the body’s immune