Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi was originated by the great Tai Chi
Master, Yang Lu-Chan, with his second son, Yang Pan-Hou (1st
and 2nd Generations). From Yang Pan-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
As a young boy, Yang Pan Hou was exceptionally talented in
martial arts with outstanding natural athletic abilities.
However, he hated the tough training that was forced upon
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 Pan-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 Pan-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.
did not like the Manchu, but knew that any refusal to the
Emperor's command would
Pan-Hou did not wish to teach the true secrets of Guang Ping
forms to the Manchu invaders, so he deliberately altered the
movements into soft forms; later known as Beijing Style. The
nightly Tai Chi sessions for the Royal Family were conducted
behind high brick garden walls and closed high wooden gates.
One day, while walking past the Royal Horse Stable and on
his way to the Imperial Court, Pan-Hou observed a young stable
boy practicing the same Tai Chi forms he was teaching nightly
in the Royal Garden. He confronted the boy as to how he could
know this style of Tai Chi so well. The stable boy, named
Wang Jiao-Yu, confessed that he had learned the forms by spying
on his nightly lessons.
Pan-Hou learned the boy was Chinese, not a Manchu, and that
they both came from the same same city of Guang Ping. He asked
the boy if he was serious about learning Kung-Fu from him.
The boy immediately said yes and dropped to his knees to pay
respect and appreciation by bowing to Pan-Hou one hundred
times and with each bow hitting his forehead against the hard
When Wang finished bowing, his forehead red and bruised, Pan-Hou
said to him,"If you really want to learn real Kung-Fu
from me, you have to bend down and touch your chin
to your toe within 100 days." Wang Jiao-Yu practiced
very hard daily and succeeded in touching his chin to his
toe before the 100 days had passes and thereby became one
of only three disciples accepted by Yang Pan-Hou.