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Master Yang Songquan was born in Chenjiagou Village, Wen-xian County, He-nan Province, China. This is also the birthplace of the famous Chinese gongfu,Chen Style Taijiquan. He is the 19th generation successor of Chen Style Taijiquan.From his early childhood, he has been gradually nurtured by the Chinese wushu, thus began his practice at the age of four under the patient coaching of his

teacher, Mr. Chen Jifu(b. Apr. 8, 1893, d. Dec. 30, 1972) ,who was the well-known eighteenth generation descendant of the Chen Style Taijiquan.Greatly favoured by his teacher,he made a quick progress and got the secret of inner qigong in the taijiquan at seven. By twelve, he had mastered the complete lines of all these practices, including the first sequence of taijiquan which mainly works to receive the qi(air) from heaven and earth, the second sequence of taijiquan which helps the practitioner keep one’s health and defend oneself, the five kinds of push-hand that would both strengthen one’s health and improve one’s power and technique, the arts of playing broad sword, spear, sword and cudgel, etc. At sixteen, he set up his career as a Chinese wushu coach standing for his teacher in the provinces of He-nan, Shan-xi, Shan-dong, Si-chuan, Yun-nan. Master Yang Songquan have taught all the arthentic Chen style of coruses such as the taiji boxing, broad sword, spear, sword, cudgel, etc., In 1989, master Yang Songquan was invited to Beijing to teach Italian. American and Japanese who were the fanciers of taijiquan. From 1994, he has been invited as one of the three most famous experts on taijiquan by the 1st. 2nd and 3rd World Conference on Taiji Training. And rencent years he was invited to teach taijiquan in many countries for many times, such as America, Germany, Sweden etc. Now he is the vice-chairman of Chinese Folk and Traditional Wushu Masters Association, the chief coach of Beijing Chenjiagou Taijiquan Training Center and exclusively-invited coach of many foreign Gongfu societies
On the basis of practicing the inner qigong of taijiquan, master Yang Songquan systematically studied the Chinese medical methods handed down from the older generations of Chen’s family. Combining qigong massage, digital acupoint pressure, acupuncture and moxibustion with traditional Chinese medicines, he has released many patients from their illness. Thus he was approved and esteemed by the official medical research institute of China.

Great Master Chen Zhaopi’s instruction

Chen Zhaopi (1893-1972), by named Jipu, was the eighteenth inheritor of Chen’s and the tenth generation of Chen style shadowboxing. He inherited his family tradition and learned the ancestral shadowboxing from Chen Dengke when he was yang. But Chen Dengke died very young. Then he continued learning the shadowboxing from Yan Xi and Fa Ke. After that he learned and researched the shadowboxing theory from Chen Xin. He was affected and got the elite from the edification of his predecessors. He practiced assiduously no whether how difficult it is,and his Gongfu got

improving and reached the high degree of professional proficiency. In the autumn of 1928, Le Youshen and Le Tongshan Who were the Tong ren tang’s boss in Bei Ping invited him to teach shadowbox in Bei Ping. His countryman Li Jingzhuan(by name Qinglin) published a article to disseminate his achievement in shadowbox and it was known around Bei Ping. He ever set up a boxing ring over seventeen days and didn’t lost one match.Then the mayor of Nanjing in Jiangsu province invited him to teach shadowboxing in Nanjing. In 1942, Zhang Hanying who was the leader of Yellow River water Conservancy Committee invited him to teach shadowboxing in Xi’an. After the success of anti-invade war, he followed the “Huang Committee” to teach shadowboxing in Kaifeng. After the revolution of Kaifeng he worded, at the same time he teached shadowboxing in 1948. In 1958, he retired and came back his ancestral home to keep on teaching shadowboxing in Wen Xian. He took part in wushu meeting of the country and awarded the name of “Great Master of shadowboxing”. He was elected as commissar in the wushu association in 1964. Chen Zhaopi trained a new generation in very poor condition. The represents of his prentices are Chen Xiaowang, Chen Zhenglei and Yang Songquan. He published Chen’s shadowbox collection, shadowboxing abecedarium, Chen’s shadowboxing illustrate , Thirteen aricles of Chen’s shadowboxing theories thirteen articles by his profound accomplishments and rich experience in wushu. Chen Zhaopi, with high moral character, was tireless in teaching and gave great contribution to spread Chen’s shadowboxing. He is respected all over the world and is one of the great masters of Chen’s shadowboxing.

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