Chang Dsu Yao

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Chang Dsu Yao
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Born(1918-06-14)June 14, 1918
DiedFebruary 7, 1992(1992-02-07) (aged 73)
Taipei, Taiwan
T'ai chi ch'uan
Teacher(s)Liou Pao-chün
Notable school(s)“Scuola Chang” or “Kungfu Chang”
Chang Dsu Yao
Alternative Chinese name

Chang Dsu Yao (Chinese: 張祖堯; Wade–Giles: Chang Tsu-Yao; 14 June 1918 – 7 February 1992) was a teacher of the martial arts Meihuaquan and T'ai chi ch'uan. He was also known as Chang Ch'êng Hsün (Wade-Giles) (Chinese: 張成勳).


Chang Dsu Yao was born in Chai Chi Ts'ün Village (Chinese: 柴集村), in the administrative area of Chu Chai Hsiang (Chinese: 朱寨鄉), district of Peixian (Pei-hsien) on June 14, 1918. He died in Taipei, Taiwan, on February 7, 1992. He was the sixteenth generation lineage holder of Mei Hwa Ch'üan (Meihuaquan).

He began to study Mei Hwa Ch'üan when he was six years old, and later trained under Liou Pao-chün.[1]

In 1938, he came to Kwei-lin to study at the Military School for Officers,[2] a branch of Wampoa Military Academy created in that Year, named "Military Sixth Campus" (Chinese: 軍校第六分校; Wade–Giles: Chün-hsiao Ti-liou Fên-hsiao)). Here, Chang met some important teachers, such as Chang Tung Shêng, and studied different styles of Martial Arts, such as Pa Chi Ch'üan, Pa Kwa Chang, Hsing I Ch'üan, Fu Style Pa Kwa Chang.[3] After graduation, he fought in the anti-Japanese War first and then in the Chinese Civil War with the faction of Chiang Kai-shek against the Communists.

After the defeat of Chiang Kai-shek, Chang Dsu Yao took refuge in Taiwan. In Taiwan he established contact with several famous Martial Artists such as Chêng Man-ch'ing, Liou Yün-ch'iao, Wu Ti-pang, Chang Wu-chên. He also taught Martial Arts to the Army and Police.[4] Chang wrote articles for “Wutan Tsa Chih”, a magazine founded by Liou Yun-ch'iao.

In 1974, Chang Dsu Yao retired from the Army and in 1975, he moved to Bologna, and then, in 1977, to Milan. He had many students, including his sons Chang Wei-hsin and Chang Yu-hsin, and others, such as Hsü Wên-li, Maurizio Zanetti, Enrico Lazzerini, and Roberto Fassi, with whom he wrote several books on Martial Arts.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Chang School[edit]

In Italy, people referred to Chang Dsu Yao teachings as “the School of Chang” or “Chang Kungfu”. This school is divided in two sections: Wai Chia and Neijia.[5]

Kung Li Ch'üan 功力拳.
a style named Lien Pu Ch'üan 練歩拳, which is a simplified version of Meihuaquan, created in Italy and that takes the name of the famous set in Central Guoshu Institute;
a set named "5 Shaolin" ("Mei Hwa Ch'üan Lao Chia" 梅花拳老架, known in Taiwan as Mei Hwa Ch'üan I-lu Chia)(梅花一路架);

"Ti Kung Ch'üan" 地功拳 o "Ti T'ang Ch'üan" 地膛拳;

other Mei Hwa Ch'üan sets (erlujia 二路架, sanlujia 三路架, ecc.);
pair exercise named "Po Chi" 搏擊 in Italy, and in Cina and in Taiwan named Tuei Ta 對打.
"Hsiao Hung Ch'üan" 小洪拳;
"Ta Hung Ch'üan" 大洪拳.
the set "Pêng Pü Ch'üan" 崩歩拳.
a set from Yüeh Chia Ch'üan 岳家拳
a set from Tsui Pa Hsien Ch'üan 醉八仙拳
T'ai chi ch'uan 楊式太極拳:
Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uan 108 postures form;
Tuishou 推手;
Ch'in Na擒拿;
Ta Lu 大捋;
San Shou 散手.
Hsing I Ch'üan 形意拳
Wu Hsing Ch'üan 五行拳.
Fu Style Pa Kwa Chang (Fu Chen Sung style):
Lung Hsing Pa Kwa Chang 龍形八卦掌;
Liang style I Ch'üan 兩儀拳;
Ssu Hsiang Ch'üan 四象拳.

In Chang Dsu Yao School there are three exercise named Baduanjin (or Pa Tüan Chin) 八段錦. The first set has traditional Pa Tüan Chin movements, the other two are made of modern Stretching exercises.

  • Weapons

After the graduation in Black Belt there are the study of many weapons and pair exercises with weapons. Also Weapons teaching is divided into Wai Chia and Neijia.

  • For Wai Chia, this directory came from the book "Enciclopedia del Kungfu Shaolin":
Pang 棒;
Kun 棍;
Tan Tao 單刀;
Kwai 枴;
Shuang Chieh Kun 雙節棍;
Kwan Tao 關刀;
ch'iang 槍.

Duilian Bingxie (weapons in pair exercises):

Pang tuei Pang 棒對棒;
Kun tuei Kun 棍對棍;
Tan Tao tuei Pang 單刀對棒;
Tan Tao tuei Kun 單刀對棍;
Pang tuei Kun 棒對棍;
Kwai tuei Kun 枴對棍;
Shuang Chieh Kun dui Pang 雙節棍對棒;
Gun tuei Shuang Chieh Kun 棍對雙節棍;
Kwai tuei Tan Tao 枴對單刀.
T'ai Chi Tao 太極刀;
T'ai Chi Kun 太極棍;
T'ai Chi Ch'iang 太極槍;
T'ai Chi T'ieh Ch'ih 太極鐵尺;
T'ai Chi Chien 太極劍.

Duilian Bingxie (weapons in pair exercises):

T'ai Chi Tao tuei T'ai Chi Tao 太極刀對太極刀;
T'ai Chi Kun tuei T'ai Chi Kun 太極棍對太極棍;
T'ai Chi Tao tuei T'ai Chi Kun 太極刀對太極棍;
T'ai Chi Tao tuei T'ai Chi Ch'iang 太極刀對太極槍;
T'ai Chi Kun tuei T'ai Chi Ch'iang 太極棍對太極槍;
T'ai Chi Ch'iang tuei T'ai Chi Ch'iang 太極槍對太極槍;
T'ai Chi Chien tuei T'ai Chi Chien 太極劍對太極劍;
T'ai Chi T'ieh Ch'ih tuei T'ai Chi Kun 太極鐵尺對太極棍;
T'ai Chi T'ieh Ch'ih tuei T'ai Chi Ch'iang 太極鐵尺對太極槍.


  • Ignazio Cuturello, Giuseppe Ghezzi (1996), De Vecchi (ed.), Kung Fu Shaolin, Milan, ISBN 88-412-2003-1
  • Giuseppe Ghezzi (2004), Io e il Maestro
  • Liu Pai Meihuaquan (劉派梅花拳), Liu Baojun School (Peixian)
  • Peixian Wushu Zhi (沛縣武術志), Peixian, 2000


  1. ^ In Pei-hsien, a Ch'üan-p'u was published entitled Liou-p'ai Meihuaquan (School of Liu Baojun), where it's stated that ... he learned Mei Hwa Ch'üan from His Hsiung-shih, like brother-master and not really a real teacher.... The article Chang Chu-yao in Pei-hsien, is reproduced in [1], and it also shows the complete lineage of Liou Pao-ch'ün.
  2. ^ Ignazio Cuturello, Giuseppe Ghezzi. Kung Fu Shaolin. Milan: De Vecchi (Eds.). Finishing highschool, the young Chang decided to pursue a military career and enrolled at the Military Academy in Kwei-lin {{cite journal}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Caforio, Luigi, "Il Capostipite. Il figlio di Chang Dsu Yao ne racconta la storia e la formazione", Samurai Magazine (Italy)
  4. ^ Nel 1949 si trasferì a formosa dove è stato istruttore delle forze armate e della polizia, Chang Dsu Yao, Roberto Fassi. L'enciclopedia del Kung Fu Shaolin, Volume 1°. Roma, Edizioni Mediterranee, 1986, pag.9
  5. ^ a b Chang Dsu Yao, Roberto Fassi (1986). L'enciclopedia del Kung Fu Shaolin. Vol. 1 (Edizioni Mediterranee ed.). Roma. ISBN 88-272-0016-9.
  6. ^ Chang Dsu Yao, Roberto Fassi (1987). L'enciclopedia del Kung Fu Shaolin. Vol. 2 (Edizioni Mediterranee ed.). Roma. ISBN 88-272-0211-0.
  7. ^ Chang Dsu Yao, Roberto Fassi (1989). L'enciclopedia del Kung Fu Shaolin. Vol. 3 (Edizioni Mediterranee ed.). Roma. ISBN 88-272-0356-7.
  8. ^ Chang Dsu Yao, Roberto Fassi (1989). De Vecchi (ed.). Tai Chi Chuan. Milan. ISBN 88-412-8026-3.
  9. ^ Chang Dsu Yao, Roberto Fassi (1990). De Vecchi (ed.). Il Kung Fu, Le Tecniche Fisiche e Mentali per L'Autodifesa. Milan. ISBN 88-412-8033-6.
  10. ^ Chang Dsu Yao, Roberto Fassi (1996). De Vecchi (ed.). Il Tai Chi Chuan, il segreto dell'energia vitale. Milan. ISBN 88-412-2013-9.
  11. ^ Chang Dsu Yao, Roberto Fassi (1993). De Vecchi (ed.). Corso pratico di Tai Chi Chuan. ISBN 88-412-2019-8.

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