Thursday, September 1, 2016

My teacher's teacher (2) - Y.C. Chiang

My taiji teacher Master Nzazi Malonga studied with Y.C. Chiang in the 1990's in Berkley, CA. While we don't practice the Guang Ping style of taiji, lessons from those days are often dispensed in the ways of movement, the 100 day stretch, and Chinese herbalism.

Yun Chun Chiang was born in 1922 and was a very well known master of Guang Ping taiji which he learned from the great Kuo Lien-Ying and Wang Chih Chien. This lineage goes back to Yang Ban Hou who taught Wang Jiao Yu.

From master Kuo he also learned xingyi, bagua and Shaolin gong-fu.

Y.C. Chiang learned painting and calligraphy from Pu Ru, the brother of the last emperor of China!

In 1973 Master Chiang opened the Wen Wu school in Berkley where he taught these arts along with calligraphy and Chinese painting until his passing in 2016.

The video below is Master Chiang at the age of 83!!!

Master Chiang's paintings can be found here:

And a great article about White Crane:

A beautiful article about practicing with Kuo and Chiang: