Tze Yau Pang
Tai Chi Chuan is plain, yet rich;
Pa Kua Chuan is changeful yet subtle;
Hsing Yi Chuan is simple yet strong.
Tai Chi is calm as an old scholar;
Pa Kua is as bright as a youth of genius;
Hsing Yi is as confident as a learned scholar.
This is to speak symbolically — one should not be trapped by the words.”
“The excellence of Tai Chi is to be smooth, soft yet not weak;
to be continuous from the beginning to the end;
to be plain and calm without a bit of temper.
The excellence of Pa Kua is to be flexible yet well-balanced;
to be unpredictable; to be in great harmony without a bit of arrogance.
The excellence of Hsing Yi is to be strong yet not clumsy;
to be distinctive in motion;
to be serious in appearance without a bit of roughness.”
The Origins of Tai Chi are shrouded in legend. And over time, many different styles of the art have evolved. Yang Lucan (1799-1872) was the founder of the Yang style of Tai Chi. The Yang family would go on to produce an unparalleled four generations of Yang School Tai Chi masters. It was Yang’s grandson, Yang Chenfu (1883-1936), who created the form that is know as Yang style Tai Chi Chuan. While Yang Chenfu’s son, Yang Shouzhong (1909- ? ) is a master in his own right. It was Chenfu’s own student Dong Yingjie (1880-1964), who was the better known contemporary teacher of his time and under whom Grandmaster Pang studied.
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In order to understand nature, we have to learn about nature. In the practice of Tai Chi Chuan, we learn to understand nature through inner seeing, inner hearing and inner feeling; not through objective analysis to gain knowledge, but through practice to acquire skills and to enjoy the movements as an art.
It is a common experience for people who are first beginning to practice Tai Chi Chuan to feel that the movements they are trying to make are unnatural. As a matter of fact, what they mean by unnatural is actually unhabitual. In daily activities, people move with a purpose–they do not care how they move if their movements serve their purposes. In other words, people usually move habitually; these habitual movements are usually not natural, or are not the best movements in tune with nature.
Pa Kua was an unknown art prior to the life of Dong Hai Chuang (1797 – 1882?/1896?), who was born in Wen An in the Hebae Province. Hsing Yi and Tai Chi were by then well-known arts and Dong was a contemporary of Yang Lucan (1799 – 1872), the founder of the Yang Style of Tai Chi.
The story goes that Dong, a practitioner of wushu since an early age, accidentally killed a man when he came to the defense of others. Dong went on the run, and during his travels, he met a Taoist and learned Pa Kua from him.
Watch an old video of T.Y. Pang performing Pa Kua HERE