There are five major styles of tàijíquán, each named after the Chinese family from which it originated: (Wikipedia)
- Chen style (陳氏) of Chen Wangting (1580–1660)
- Yang style (楊氏) of Yang Luchan (1799–1872)
- Wu Hao style (武氏) of Wu Yuxiang (1812–1880)
- Wu style (吳氏) of Wu Quanyou (1834–1902) and his son Wu Jianquan (1870–1942)
- Sun style (孫氏) of Sun Lutang (1861–1932)
Mountain State Tai Chi teaches Wu Style Taiji originating with Wu Quanyou and passed down from Grandmaster Wang Peisheng
China has given rise to many great martial traditions, but like all traditions they are ravaged by, war, famine, migration, and revolution. Master Wang was one of the last traditional masters who was a lineage holder not only in Wu taiji, but also in the other internal styles of Yin style bagua, Xing I, and Tongbei. He devoted his life not only to the study of martial arts, but also how to best pass on traditional knowledge to a modern world.
I am enormously fortunate that he did pass on his knowledge to my teacher, Master Zhang Yun. Although born in China, Master Zhang emigrated to the U.S., speaks fluent English, and like his mentor, is not only an extraordinary martial artist, but also an extraordinary teacher. One may be very proficient at a particular skill, but that does not entail that they are able to communicate the principles of that skill to others. When I was introduced to Master Zhang I knew immediately that I had found a great teacher and a martial arts home, and I have never looked back.
Master Zhang Yun is the head of the North American chapter of the Yin Cheng Gong Fa Association.
Master Zhang has published several books and produced several CDs on Taiji, Taiji Jian, Taiji Saber, and other aspects of the internal martial arts. His most recent work is a rather monumental translation of the Taiji Classics, which, including notes and commentary, runs to nearly eight hundred pages.
Our complete lineage can be found on the Yin Cheng Gong Fa home page.