The "Internal martial art"* of Tàijíquán** traces back to General Chén Wángtíng (1597-1664) from the 9. generation of the Chen-family of martial artists.
Yáng Lùchán (1799-1872), student of Chén Chángxìng (14. generation,1771 - 1853), developped his own fighting style which, according to the custom of the era, he only taught to his sons. Later he and his son Banhou became teachers of the emperor's guards in Beijing.
The form today known as Yang-Style has been significantly shaped by his grandson Yáng Chéngfǔ (1883 - 1936). He was also the first master to teach a considerable number of students outside the family, thus advancing the installation of taiji as a worldwide phenomenon. One of his students, Zhèng Mànqīng (1901 - 1975), brought Tàijíquán to New York in 1964, from where it began spreading thoughout the western world.

Modern Yang style is distinguished by slow, flowing and smooth movements and a relatively high position. Quick movements and jumps, which presumably were elements of Yang Luchan's style, were eliminated from it's practice in Yáng Chéngfǔ's succession.

At Zehnthaus we teach the short form of traditional Yang-style. The long form in the version of the John Ding International Academy of T'ai Chi Ch'uan is taught at Centre Qigong of Bernhard Maier.
1. generation
Yáng Lùchán (1799 - 1872)
2. generation
Yáng Jiànhóu (1839 - 1917)
3. generation
Yáng Chéngfǔ (1883 - 1936)
4. generation
Yáng Shǒuzhōng (1910 - 1985)
5. generation
Ip Tai Tak (1929 - 2004)
6. generation
Ding Teah Chean "John Ding" (*1951)

His student, our teacher: Bernhard Maier (Centre Qigong, Karlsruhe)
Yang Chengfu: "Das vollständige Buch von Form und Anwendung des Taijiquan"
*The term "Internal Martial Arts", Chin.: Nèijiāquán (內家拳) first appears in 1669 at Huáng Zōngxī (黄宗羲) in order to differ martial arts originating from daoist tradition, based on energy work and softness, from the "External Martial Arts" in the Shaolin tradition.
Tàijíquán the Internal Martial Arts are "Bāguàzhǎng" (Chin. 八卦掌) and "Hsing I" oder "Xíngyìquán" (Chin. 形意拳).

**The notation "Tàijíquán" corresponds to the official romanization of  Mandarin in the People's Republic of China, introduced in1957.
"T'ai Chi Ch'uan" or wrongly "Tai Chi Chuan" corresponds to the Anglo-Saxon Wade-Giles System from 1912. The correct pronunciation is approximately: "Tydsichuen".
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