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Li Yaxuan demonstrates a portion of the traditional Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan form, as well as some push hands, Li Yaxuan was a disciple of the famous 3rd generation Yang Family Tai Chi master Yang Cheng Fu.

When he was 20 years old, LI Yaxun was introduced to the art of Tai Chi Chuan by Bo Haitian, a student of Yang Cheng Fu. Within several months training, Bo Haitian saw the dedication of Li Yaxuan and brought him to Yang Cheng Fu to continue his studies. Li Yaxuan followed Yang for over 10 years, practicing long hours everyday.

Li Yaxuan - Yang Style Tai Chi - YouTube

In 1928 he followed Yang Cheng Fu to the Nanjing Central Martial Arts Institute, but found Yang had already left when Li had arrived. Li Yaxuan stayed in Nanjing for a year, and competed successfully against other martial artists in the many competitions held at the institute.

Li Yaxuan heard word that his master, Yang Cheng Fu, was in Hangzhou. He left Nanjing and travelled to Hangzhou. While there, Li was appointed director of the Hangzhou National Martial Arts Center, and served in this position from 1929 until 1934. In 1935 he returned to the Nanjing Central Martial Arts Institute to teach Tai Chi. Li Yaxuan taught there until the Japanese bombed the city, which is when he relocated to Chengdu, where he taught Tai Chi up until his death in 1976.

Li Yaxuan was personally responsible for thousands of people learning the traditional art of Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. His tradition has carried on after his death by his foremost disciple and son-in-law Chen Longxiang, and his daughter Li Mindi, who continue to teach in the city of Chengdu.

Fu Zhongwen was also a disciple, and grand-nephew, of Yang Cheng Fu. He wrote an important book on the practice of the traditional Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan, which was translated into English by Louis Swaim. Click on the image below to see more about this great book!

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Ho Chi Minh, who was the communist leader of North Vietnam is seen demonstrating Tai Chi with some of his troops. The film footage is believed to be from around the mid to late 1940’s. It is unsure where or when Ho Chi Minh learned Tai Chi Chuan.

Ho Chi Minh demonstrating Tai Chi Chuan - YouTube

For centuries there has been strong influence from Chinese culture on Vietnam. Chinese martial arts have been in Vietnam for many years before this film was taken. It is possible Ho Chi Minh had learned Tai Chi in Vietnam, or during the times which he spent in China. For example, he went to China in 1925 until 1927, in Hong Kong from 1930 to 1932, and went back again to China in 1938 until 1941.

In 1958 Gu Lu Xian was asked by the Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Chou En Lai, to travel to Hanoi, in North Vietnam, to teach Tai Chi Chuan to Ho Chi Minh. Gu spent five months at the president’s palace teaching Ho Chi Minh the art of Tai Chi Chuan, as well as other high ranking Vietnamese officials.

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Chen Ziqiang performs the “Cannon Fist” form of the Chen style of Tai Chi Chuan filmed in 2018 at a workshop in Slovenia. Chen Ziqiang began learning the Chen village’s family art at an early age. Chen Ziqiang is the oldest son of Chen Xiaoxing and a nephew of Chen Xiaowang, both of whom are famous Tai Chi masters.

Chen Ziqiang Taiji Form (2018) - YouTube

Chen Ziqiag, who is a 20th generation member Tai Chi master of the Chen family, can trace his family roots back to the famous 9th generation master Chen Wangting. Chen Ziqiang is also the great grandson of the legendary 17th generation master Chen Fake.

Chen Ziqiang is the Assistant Principal and Head Coach of Chenjiagou Martial Academy. He has taught many practitioners of Tai Chi in China, as well as teaching seminars and workshops is places such as the United States, Brazil, London, France and Slovenia.

Click on the image below to to view this great book written by the uncle of Chen Ziqiang, Chen Xiaowang. This book is a must have resource for the serious practitioner of the Chen style of Tai Chi Chuan.

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