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      article: Wang Zongyue  |  date: 2017-05-15 11:28:38  |  Find articles by this author

     


     

    Wang Zongyue

    Proposed likeness of Wang Zongyue. (source: academia taiji)

     

    Wang Zongyue (Wang Tsung-yueh) is a legendary figure in the history of taijiquan (tai chi, t'ai chi ch'uan). Sources suggest he lived in either the 13th or 15th century. (see Wikipedia) He is often described as the principal student of the legendary Daoist monk Zhang Sanfeng from whom he learned the principles of “internal strength” [1] and the “Thirteen Postures,” [2] which he taught to members of the Chen family, where it was developed into what is modern Taijiquan.

    Wang Zongyue is alleged to be the author of the Taijiquan Treatise but the historical factualness of this is also unclear.[3]


     

    Endnotes:

    For further discussion on the historical information about Wang Zongyue see pages 18-20 in Barbara Davis. The Taijiquan Classics: An Annotated Translation. North Atlantic Books, 2004.

    [1]^ Internal Strength (neijin or neijing) is the essence of Taijiquan. It uses the mind and internal energy (qi) combined with physical power, rather than only external physical force. For more see wikipedia.org

    [2]^ For more information on “Thirteen Postures” see: Garofalo.

    [3]^ Douglas Wile. Lost T’ai-chi Classics from the Late Ching Dynasty, pp.111-114. State University of New York, 1996.

    Sources:

    Barbara Davis. The Taijiquan Classics: An Annotated Translation. North Atlantic Books, 2004.

    William C.C. Hu. “Tai Chi Chaun: An Historical Update” in Black Belt [Magazine] April, 1975, pp. 46-50.

    EnglishPinyinWades GilesSimplifiedTraditional
    Wang Zongyue – Wang Tsung-yueh Wáng ZōngyuèWang Ts’ung-yüeh 王宗岳王宗岳
    Internal Strength Nèijìn [also] NèijìngNei ching内劲 內勁

    Chinese Script for Key Terms

    Douglas Wile. Lost T’ai-chi Classics from the Late Ching Dynasty, pp.111-114. State University of New York, 1996.

    “Wang Zongyue” from Wikipedia.

    王宗岳生平及其太極拳術的傳播(上) [ Biography of Wang Zongyue and his taijiquan technique, part one. Text only in Chinese]


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