"However, he hated the
tough training that was forced upon him by his proud father, Yang Lu-Chan..."
Yang Tai Chi was originated by the great Tai Chi Master, Yang Lu-Chan,
with his second son, Yang Ban-Hou (1st and 2nd Generations). From Yang
Ban-Hou this lineage was passed down to only three disciples. One of the
three was Wang Jiao-Yu (3rd Generation). Wang in turn passed this style
down to only four disciples. One of the four was Kuo Lien Ying (4th Generation),
who brought this style to the United States in 1965. All the students
who studied directly from Kuo are considered 5th Generation.
As a young
boy, Yang Ban Hou was exceptionally talented in martial arts with outstanding
natural athletic abilities. However, he hated the tough training that
was forced upon him by his proud father, Yang Lu-Chan, and would often
run away from home. Each time his father would find him and drag him
Although Ban-Hou hated his daily training, his natural
abilities helped him, and his martial arts improved very rapidly. In
a few short years when he became a grown man, his martial arts abilities
were unequaled, even more superior than his own father's. Thus, his
name became famous and known throughout the Country.
In the 17th Century, when the Manchu from the north
invaded China, the Emperor put out a command to find the best martial
artist to teach his Royal Family and his Imperial Guards. Yang Ban-Hou
was considered the best at that time and was ordered by the Emperor
to serve as a Royal Coach in the martial arts for the Imperial Court.
Ban-Hou did not like the Manchu, but knew that any refusal to the Emperor's
command would mean death (He would be beheaded).