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Yang Ban Hou

Yang Ban Hou was the second child of Yang Lu Chan who began his training at a very young age. Under the strict regime of his father he achieve a very high level of skill and be also known like his father as Yang Wu Di (Yang the Invincible). Yang Ban Hou was known to be hard taskmaster add to this is short temper, then you realise why he only had a few students of his own. As he grew older his martial arts abilities were said to be unequalled. Thus, his name became very well known throughout the China. Yang Ban Hou taught the Yang family Taijiquan fighting secrets to his nephews Yang Shou Hou and Yang Cheng Fu, sons of Yang Jian Hou is brother.

To meet popular needs, Yang Luchan gradually deleted all the difficult movements from the series called the Taijiquan solo form such as jumps and leaps, explosions of strength and vigorous foot stomping. After revisions by his third son Yang Chien-hou (1837-1917), this series of movements came to be known as "Zhong Jia" (medium frame). Later it was again revised by Yang Ch'eng-fu (1883-1936), the third son of Yang Chien-hou, which finally developed into the present "Da Jia" (large frame) style because of its extended and natural posture and slow and even movements. It was different from his uncle Yang Ban-hou's style which was known under the name of "Xiao Jia" (small frame). "Da Jia" is now the most popular Yang school of Taijiquan.

Yang Shao-hou (1862-1930), the older brother of the more well known – in the West Yang Ch'eng-fu - was also a famous Taijiquan master who learned most of his skills from his uncle Yang Ban-hou. Like his uncle, Yang Ban-hou was hot tempered by nature. His Taijiquan "frame" style was more in keeping with that taught by Yang Ban Hou. He was known to be swift and powerful in his martial action. The technical features of this kind of Taijiquan were overcoming strong attacks with soft movements, adapting oneself to others' movements and following up with quick attacks, using the motion of "sudden connection" to defeat the opponent with surprise attacks. The hand movement included catching, pushing and capturing, injuring the attacker's muscles and harming his bones, attacking the opponent's vital points and "controlling" his arteries and veins, using "continuous" and "sudden connection" force to throw the attacker to the ground with lightning speed.

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