History of Tai chi

Taijiquan (aka “tai chi”) developed as a martial art in China, but it wasn’t until the times of Yang Lu Chan (1979-1872) and Yang Cheng Fu (1883-1936) that taijiquan began gaining popularity.

Yang Lu Chan was the founder of Yang style taijiquan and was a famous fighter known for having never lost a match. His nickname was Yang the Invincible, and it is from here that the reputation of taijiquan spread as a powerful fighting art. It was Lu Chan’s grandson, Yang Cheng Fu however, that brought the practice of tai chi to the rest of the world.

Yang Cheng Fu popularized tai chi by gaining greater recognition outside of martial arts circles. This led to wider understanding of the various benefits of study. Today tai chi is appreciated as a health practice, martial art, and form of personal development. It can be seen in parks, malls, and back yards throughout the world.


Zhang San Feng is one of the most important figures in the development of taiji. He is the earliest known person tied to the art and is largely credited as founder of taijiquan.

Dong Fang Taiji was founded by Master Wang Xue Jun, a 6th generation master of Yang style taijiquan. His taiji studies began with Yang Shao Xi, a disciple of Yang Cheng Fu. Later he met his second sifu, Grandmaster Lin Mogen, whose taijiquan earned him the title of a Chinese national treasure.

This is our taijiquan family tree:

DFT Lineage