|Introduction to Grandmaster Yang Cheng-Fu
Yang Shao-Ching (1883-1936), also known as Yang Cheng-Fu, is the grandson of the creator of Yang Style Tai Chi, Grandmaster Yang Lu-Chan. The people called Yang Cheng-Fu "Sian San Sung", literally meaning "the third son of his parents". Yang Cheng-Fu's father, Yang Jian-hou, is the second generation of the Yang Family. Yang Jian-hou taught Yang Cheng-Fu very seriously. Thr oughout Yang Cheng-Fu's childhood, he practiced hard and diligently. Even in hot, cold, or inclement weather he never stopped practicing.
Yang Cheng-Fu removed the vigorous "Fa-jing" (release of power), energetic jumping, heavy stepping, and other difficult movements to create "Dai Jia" (large frame style). Dai Jai has slow, steady, and soft movements suitable for general practitioners. The posture is neat and simple; the structure is elaborate and centrally balanced without leaning towards any sides. The movements are smooth, and soft mutally with hard combined together, agile and steady. Its frame has high, middle, and low stances. Which stance Yang Style practitioners choose to use depends on the age, gender, weaknesses, or strength of the practitioner. Yang Style Tai Chi can also be used for physical therapy, rehabilitation, and faster recovery from sickness. Continued practice adds strength and improvement to the practitioner's technique.
Yang Cheng-Fu's figure is big, his push hand technique is excellent, he is good at neutralizing attacks, and had command of release power "Fa-jing". His Tai Chi appeared gentle and soft on the outside, but was as hard as steel inside. He could, without any visible movement, thr ow people far away. He was gentle, honest, and treated people very well and nicely. He had a very high reputation in wushu – therefore many tai chi practitioners loved his skill and wanted to learn from him. He had many students. Since 1928, he taught in Nianking after he taught in Beijing. From then on, he taught in Shanghai, Moohan, Hunchow, Guangchow, and other cities in China. His tai chi spread southward thr oughout China. Nowadays, people say that Yang Style Tai Chi was created from the combined efforts of Yang Lu-Chan, Yang Bai-hou, Yang Jian-hou, Yang Shao-hou, and Yang Cheng-Fu. Yang Cheng-Fu is Yang Style's most influential figure.
In order for Yang Style Tai Chi to spread out, Yang Cheng-Fu's student, Chen Mei-ming wrote a book for his teacher in 1925, titled "Tai Chi Chuan Technique." In 1934, Yang Cheng-Fu asked another person to write the book, "The Forms of Tai Chi Chuan and Its Applications," preserving the precious treasures of Yang Style Tai Chi to later learners.
Yang Cheng-Fu had four sons, Zhen-ming, Zhen-ji, Zhen-duo, and Zhen-kwok
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