The founder of Yang style taiji, Yang Luchan, was from Guangfu town in what is now Yongnian county in Hebei province. Naturally， Yang and his sons taught many of the locals their art, and so there are many branches of Yang style taiji in Yongnian and the nearest city, Handan, which derive not from the 3rd generation inheritor, Yang Chengfu, but from his famously combative and fiery-tempered uncle, Yang Banhou. M Wang Changxing, who teaches in Handan, is one such.
His teacher, Bai Zhongxin, was the son of Yang Banhou’s second daughter, Yang Xiuying. Bai initially learnt his taiji from his mother, and later continued his studies under his uncle, Yang Zhaopeng (Yang Banhou’s son). When Yang Zhaopeng left Guangfu to teach taiji in other provinces, Bai became a disciple of Li Wancheng, whose curriculum is profiled in my ‘Yang Banhou’s taiji in Yongnian’ post.
As it turned out, M…
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