Yang Zhenduo

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Yang Zhenduo
Yang Zhen Duo.jpg
Yang-style taijiquan Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo performing Golden Rooster Stands On One Leg (右金鸡独立)
Born 1926 (age 90–91)
Beijing, China
Style Yang-style taijiquan
Notable students Yang Jun (杨军)
Website International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association
Yang Zhenduo
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Yang Zhenduo (born 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.[1]

In 1996 the Chinese Wushu Academy recognized Yang Zhenduo as one of the Top 100 Wushu Masters in China .[2] That same year he received the honor of being proclaimed Honorary Resident by the Mayor of San Antonio, Texas,[3] and in 1997 he received the Golden Key to the City of Troy, Michigan from its Mayor.[4]

Yang Zhenduo has appeared several times on the covers of T'ai Chi Magazine[5][6][7][8][9] and other martial arts publications. He has authored many articles and written books[10][11] 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,[12] 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[edit]


Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo acknowledges the following people as his Disciples. These individuals have studied and promoted the Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uan for many years.

  • Hu Buyun, 胡步云
  • Yang Yongfen, 杨永芬
  • Guo Jiansheng, 郭建生
  • Ge Jingang, 戈金刚
  • Xie Wende, 谢文德
  • Wang Dexing, 王德星
  • Gao Junsheng, 高俊生
  • Zhang Suzhen, 张素珍
  • Yang Liru, 杨礼儒
  • Miao Guangzhao, 苗光照
  • Li Chunhou, 李存厚
  • Sun Gangchen, 孙刚臣
  • Cheng Xiangyun, 程相云
  • Yang Chunru, 杨春如
  • Zhou Yazhen, 周亚珍
  • Lin Qiuya (Malaysia), 林秋雅(马来西亚)
  • Wang Wen, 王 文
  • Zhang Guiying, 张桂英
  • Hua Xiaolong, 滑小龙
  • Mei Mei Teo (Sweden), 张美美(瑞典)
  • Duan Yinglian, 段英莲
  • Li Shoutang, 李寿堂
  • Li Xiuying, 李秀英
  • Han Hoong Wang (USA), 王涵蓉(美国)
  • Yan Fengxiang, 阎凤祥
  • Jia Chengping, 贾承平
  • Li Qimei, 李七梅
  • Qiao Rongjian, 乔荣建
  • Tian Xianwen, 田宪文
  • Song Bin, 宋 斌
  • Geng Ying, 耿 英
  • Yang Wenshen, 杨文升
  • Luo Haiping, 罗海平
  • Yao Junfang, 药俊芳
  • Wang Baixuan, 王白玄
  • Jian Guiyan, 简桂妍
  • Liang Xiufang, 梁秀芳
  • Niu Xinzhong, 牛新中
  • Yang Shufang, 杨树芳
  • Li Tiancai, 李天才
  • Andy Lee
  • Bill Walsh
  • Dave Barrett
  • Frank Grothstruck
  • Jean-Marc Geering
  • Andre Leray

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "International Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Association - Founding, Location, and Purpose.". 
  2. ^ "Chinese Wushu Academy, Top 100 Wushu Master in China, Personal Certificate (1996)". 
  3. ^ Personal Certificate (1996).
  4. ^ Personal Certificate (1997).
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ Yang Zhenduo (1996). Yu Zhenquan, ed. Yang Style Taijiquan (3rd ed.). Morning Glory Publishers. ISBN 978-7-5054-0481-6. 
  11. ^ Yang Zhenduo. Chinese Taijiquan Scriptures. (China Yang family Tai Ji Quan) (in Chinese). ISBN 7-5062-3377-0. 
  12. ^ "International Tai Chi Chuan Symposium". Nashville, TN. July 5–10, 2009. 

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