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2020 Blog Posts

Yang Banhou – Best of the Yang Family Second Generation (6/28/2020)

Yang Banhou (楊班侯) or Yang Pan-hou (楊盤厚, 1837–1890) was a noted teacher of Yang family-style T'ai Chi Chuan (Traditional Chinese: 楊氏太极拳; pinyin: Yángshì tàijíquán) during the Manchu Qing Dynasty (Traditional Chinese: 大清; pinyin: Dà qīng; Manchu: Daiqing gurun; 1636–1912). He was known among his contemporaries for his belligerent character and had few students. Read More

Yang Luchan – Founder of Yang Style T'ai Chi Chuan (5/23/2020)

Yang Luchan (楊露禪) or Yang Lu-ch'an (楊祿纏), also known as Yang Fu-k'ui or Yang Fukui (楊福魁) (1799–1872), was an influential teacher of the internal style martial art tai chi chuan, or t'ai chi ch'üan (pinyin: tàijíquán; 太极拳) in China during the second half of the 19th century. He is known as the founder of Yang family-style T'ai Chi Chuan (Traditional Chinese: 楊氏太极拳; pinyin: Yángshì tàijíquán), the world's most popular and practiced style today. Read More

Chen Changxing – Breaking From Tradition (4/26/2020)

Chen Changxing, also called Ch'en Chang-hsing, (Traditional Chinese: 陈长兴; pinyin: Chén Zhǎngxìng; 1771–1853) was a 14th generation descendant of Chen Bu and 6th generation master of Chen family-style (陳家 Chén jiā; 陳氏 Chén shì; or 陳式 太極拳 Chén shì tàijí quán) T'ai Chi Chuan founded by Chen Wangting (Traditional Chinese: 陈王庭; pinyin: Chénwángtíng; 1580–1660). He was a mysterious yet influential martial artist and t'ai chi chuan teacher who broke with tradition. Read More

Chen Wangting – Founder of Chen Style T'ai Chi Chuan (3/30/2020)

Chen Wangting (Traditional Chinese: 陈王庭; pinyin: Chénwángtíng, 1580–1660) was a Ming Dynasty general who created Chen family-style (陳家 Chén jiā; 陳氏 Chén shì; or 陳式 太極拳 Chén shì tàijí quán) T'ai Chi Chuan. Chen-style is the oldest and parent of the five family styles of T’ai Chi Chuan. Read More

Chen Bu – Founder of the Chen Village (2/29/2020)

As the Mongol Yuan Dynasty (Traditional Chinese: 元朝; pinyin: Yuán Cháo; 1271–1368) came to an end, China was beset by poverty, famine, lawlessness, political unrest, and nationalist uprisings by Han Chinese nationalists. The warrior Zhu Yuanzhang (Traditional Chinese: 朱元璋; Wade–Giles: Chu Yuan-chang) eventually put down the uprisings and united China and became Emperor Taizu, also the Hongwu Emperor, (r. 1368–1398) founder of the Ming Dynasty (Traditional Chinese: 明朝; pinyin: Míng Cháo; 1368–1644). Against this backdrop, Chen Bu (陳仆; 陈卜) brought the Chen Family from Shanxi Province in North China to Wen County (溫縣) in the neighboring province of Henan, which lay southward. There Chen Bu and his clan founded Chen Village, birthplace of T'ai chi ch'üan or Tàijí quán (太極拳). Read More

White Horse Temple – The Cradle of Chinese Buddhism (1/28/2020)

Buddhism first came to China during the first century AD through missionaries from India during the Han dynasty (Traditional Chinese: 漢朝; pinyin: Hàncháo; 206 BC–220 AD), who arrived well before Buddhabahdara and Bodhidharma. The White Horse Temple (Traditional Chinese: 白馬寺; pinyin: Báimǎ Sì; Wade–Giles: Pai-ma Szu), the first Buddhist temple in China was built in 68 AD under the patronage of Emperor Ming near the Eastern Han dynasty (Traditional Chinese: 東漢; pinyin: Dōnghàn; 25 AD–220 AD) capital of Luoyang in Henan Province. It predated the Shaolin Temple by 427 years. Read More


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