Talk:Yang Chengfu

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I question the assertion that Cheng Man-ch'ing was the first t'ai chi instructor in the West. I don't have the sources at hand, but I believe Sophia Delza was teaching in New York before Professor Cheng, and I would certainly want to research the existence of t'ai chi teachers active in San Francisco before the Professor's arrival here. No slights intended towards Professor Cheng, there's no doubt he was one of the great practitioners. (talk) 12:28, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

Delza not only taught in New York, she STUDIED in New York and published her book while Cheng was still on Taiwan. (talk) 19:33, 31 August 2013 (UTC)Fuck Logging In

The main article for t'ai chi ch'uan says Choy Hok Pang was the first person known to teach in the US. I couldn't find the references given in that article, but the Nov 1976 issue of Black Belt magazine (page 56, previewable on Google Books) says he taught in San Francisco from the late 30s through the 40s, which supports the content of the wiki article. I also recently created an article for Sophia Delza that makes it clear she taught starting from 1954, which would have been earlier than Professor Cheng. Her book was out in 1961, before he came to America. I'll adjust the phrasing on this article to say he was "one of the first" rather than "the first". Difference engine (talk) 06:01, 24 December 2014 (UTC)