Yang Style Tai Chi Long Boxing Yang Cheng Fus Advanced

Most people think of Yang Tai Chi Chuan as transmitted by the standardiser of the style Yang Cheng Fu as consisting only of one routine. And that Yang Cheng Fu taught the art only as a health art rather than as a combat one. This is a wrong perception. Yang Cheng Fu viewed his art as a combat art that was also a means of gaining good health. His two books on Tai Chi Chuan all focused on it as a martial art and provided martial explanations for the postures, martial theorems and he taught his art not as a form of moving calesthenics but as a combat art. So great was Yang Cheng Fu's combat skills that he was never known to have been defeated. And he did teach a second advanced set: Tai Chi Long Boxing.

So where did the misconception that Yang Tai Chi Chuan was mainly health oriented come from? Mainly from those who cannot understand how a soft appropriate response to an attack is more effective than a reposite with great power which may not necessarily be efficient or appropriate. And those who cannot see the how the slow can beat the fast and how a lesser force can conquer a larger one.

Yang Lu Chan and his son Yang Ban Hou both were known for their combat skills, earning the title 'Yang the invincible'. Their teaching in the imperial court, rather than lowering the combat standard of their art, made it all the more imperative that they turned out exceptional students with high attainment. Their lives and status depended on it. Yang Cheng Fu, likewise, was mainly noted as a martial artist, not as a health expert. Tai Chi Chuan's curative capabilities was also promoted but that was not the main thrust of Yang Cheng Fu's teachings. Those who learnt from him learnt the art as a combat art and in time gained the health benefits of practicing the art as a combat art.

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