|Born||1926 (age 87–88)
|Notable students||Yang Jun (杨军)|
|Website||International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association|
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Yang Zhenduo (1926- ), a native of Yongnian Hsien County, Hebei, was born in Beijing, China, into the famous Yang family of martial artists. A son of Yang Cheng Fu and a great-grandson of Yang Lu Chan (the creator of the Yang style of t'ai chi ch'uan), Yang Zhenduo is a fourth-generation descendant of the Yang Family of t'ai chi ch'uan, and is the fourth lineage-holder of the style.
Yang Zhenduo began studying the soft style martial art of t'ai chi ch'uan (taijiquan) at age 6 with his father, and continued studying with his elder brothers Yang Zhen Ming (Shou Zhong), Yang Zhen Ji, and his younger brother Yang Zhen Guo after his father died. Studious, patient, modest and unassuming like his father, he possesses a consummate martial arts skill. He has the deep admiration and esteem of t'ai chi ch'uan enthusiasts worldwide. Yang Zhenduo carries on the aspirations of his ancestors and has dedicated his life to the spread and popularization of the style. He has promoted Yang style t'ai chi ch'uan in order to expand the ties of friendship between the citizens of China and the rest of the world.
He has lived in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China, since 1960, teaching the large frame of the Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uan, and has been invited many times to teach and hold seminars in many countries around the world.
He served as Vice-President of the Shanxi Wushu Association since 1980. In 1982 he founded and served as President of the Shanxi Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Association, and is now its Honorary Lifetime President. This Association has now grown to over 30,000 members throughout the Province and is the largest martial arts organization of its kind in China. In October 1998 Yang Zhenduo founded the International Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Association, serving as its Chairman of the Board. Under his leadership, the Association has now grown to 28 centers in 12 countries with more than 2000 members worldwide.
In 1996 the Chinese Wushu Academy recognized Yang Zhenduo as one of the Top 100 Wushu Masters in China . That same year he received the honor of being proclaimed Honorary Resident by the Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, and in 1997 he received the Golden Key to the City of Troy, Michigan from its Mayor.
Yang Zhenduo has appeared several times on the covers of T'ai Chi Magazine and other martial arts publications. He has authored many articles and written books on the study of t'ai chi ch'uan, as well as produced 3 complete sets of teaching videos of the art.
While retaining his position as Chairman of the International Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Association, Yang Zhenduo has retired from his regular teaching activities his position as President of the Association, and has appointed his Master Yang Jun, his grandson, as its new President to continue his work.
In July 2009, at the First International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium, Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo announced that Master Yang Jun is the fifth lineage-holder of the Traditional Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uan.
T'ai chi ch'uan lineage tree with Yang-style focus
- This lineage tree is not comprehensive, but depicts those considered the 'gate-keepers' & most recognised individuals in each generation of Yang-style.
- Although many styles were passed down to respective descendants of the same family, the lineage focused on is that of the Yang style & not necessarily that of the family.
- "International Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Association - Founding, Location, and Purpose.".
- "Chinese Wushu Academy, Top 100 Wushu Master in China, Personal Certificate (1996)".
- Personal Certificate (1996).
- Personal Certificate (1997).
- Smalheiser, Marvin (February 1998). "Yang Zhenduo on Cultivating a Calm Mind". T’AI CHI The International Magazine of T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Wayfarer Publications) 22 (1). ISSN 0730-1049.
- "Yang Zhenduo on Unifying the Body’s Internal Energy". T’AI CHI The International Magazine of T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Wayfarer Publications) 20 (6). December 1996. ISSN 0730-1049.
- "Yang Zhenduo on Generating Power in Yang Style". T’AI CHI The International Magazine of T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Wayfarer Publications) 18 (5). October 1994. ISSN 0730-1049.
- "Yang Zhenduo shares Insights About the growth of Yang style". T’AI CHI The International Magazine of T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Wayfarer Publications) 19 (5). October 1995. ISSN 0730-1049.
- "Yang Zhenduo on Yang Style". T’AI CHI The International Magazine of T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Wayfarer Publications) 14 (4). August 1990. ISSN 0730-1049.
- Yang Zhenduo; Yu Zhenquan, ed. (1996). Yang Style Taijiquan (3rd ed.). Morning Glory Publishers. ISBN 978-7-5054-0481-6.
- Yang Zhenduo. Chinese Taijiquan Scriptures. (China Yang family Tai Ji Quan) (in Mandarin). ISBN 7-5062-3377-0.
- "International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium". Nashville, TN. July 5–10, 2009.