Laoliulu Taiji | Origin of Laoliulu
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Origin of Laoliulu

Laoliulu Taijiquan (老六路太极拳) or Yang-style Old Six Sets is the traditional middle frame of inner energy Yang-style Taijiquan, developed by the second-generation master Yang Jianhou (杨健侯), son of Yang Luchan (杨露禅), the founder of Yang-style Taijiquan.

Laoliulu Tajiquan emphasis on uncovering, cultivating, and application of our inner energy. Inner energy is formless and invisible, which exists within our body. The physical motions of Laoliulu Taijiquan are manifested through the practice of combining “spirit, mind and vitality (神意气)”.

Lineage of Laoliulu

Yang Luchan (杨露禅) (1799-1872) was born in Yongnian county, Hebei province, China. He learnt Chen-style Taijiquan from Chen Changxing and later founded Yang-style Taijiquan. He got immensely famous in Beijing, the capital city of China, and cause Taijiquan to spread and popularised throughout the nation.


Yang Banhou (杨班侯) (1837~1892), the second son of Yang Luchan. In his young age, he was hot-blooded and was always getting into fights. During China’s warfare against the English and French coalition, he led a band of patriots in battle. After the war, he dedicated his time to teach people martial art to fend for themselves in wartimes.


Yang Jianhou (杨健侯) (1839-1917), the third son of Yang Luchan. With his skills and indepth knowledge, he further refined Yang-style Taijiquan to fit the needs of different students. His work “Key to Taijiquan Thirteen Forms” (十三势行功心诀) is one of the earliest publications to help many to better understand Taijiquan theories.


Yang Shaohou (杨少侯) (1862-1929), son of Yang Jianhou. His art style was fierce, with quick movements, heavy blows, and relentless attacks. He taught by attacking his students forcing them to learn to fence and counterattack through combat. Most people could not endure such hardship, and he was left with only a handful of disciples.


Yang Chengfu (杨澄甫) (1883-1936), son of Yang Jianhou. He was initially half-hearted in learning Taijiquan, but upon startled by his father’s last words, he started practiced diligently at age of 34 and later made significant progress in his art skills. In 1925, he published a book titled “Taijiquan Art” (太极拳术) to demo Tajiquan stances and record his teaching.


Wang Yongquan (汪永泉) (1904-1987) is the disciple of Yang Shaohou. Wang lived a simple and honest life, devoted in martial arts teaching. He wrote a book into which he concluded his lifelong learning, titled “True Meaning of Yang-style Taijiquan” (杨式太极拳述真). This book fostered the public to better deciphering Taijiquan, is widely regarded as one of the most iconic writings of the art.


Zhu Huaiyuan (朱怀元) (1911-1999), is the disciple of Wang Yongquan. In 1934, he chanced upon learning Yang-style Taijiquan from Wang and was later officially taken in by Wang as his disciple in 1957.  He had been persistently practicing over his sixty years of Taijiquan profession. Among the disciples of Wang, Zhu has the best Taijiquan skills, most students and the widest influences.


Li Hesheng (李和生) (1926-2015), is the disciple of Zhu Huaiyuan. Of biochemistry profession, he leveraged on his knowledge in somatic science and physiology to decipher the essence of Taijiquan. His proven system of practicing and the sound theoretical backing as published in “Secrets of Internal Power Revealed (内功解秘: 杨式太极拳老六路 )” were critically acclaimed globally.


Jiang Youkui (姜有奎) (1968 – ?) is the disciple of Li Hesheng. In 2014, he was recognised by the Chinese government as the Anshan city’s representative inheritor of the intangible cultural heritage Laoliulu Taijiquan. In 2017, he published “Taijiquan Wellness and Practical Combat: Interpretation of Taiji Forces (太极拳养生与实战:解读太极劲)”.


Qian Feng (钱丰) (1978 – ?) is the disciple of Jiang Youkui. In 2006, Qian Feng came to Malaysia to promote Laoliulu Taijiquan and founded the Association in the same year. He dedicates his times and untiring efforts in teaching Taijiquan. His contribution to the development of systematic teaching of Taijiquan receives the highest respect from fellow martial arts practitioners.