The 108 Postures of Yang Cheng Fu

Pencil drawings of Yang Cheng Fu (1883–1936), undoubtedly the most influential figure in the popularity of modern day Tai Chi. This video features the 108 postures of the traditional Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan. These drawings are based on the photographs from Methods of Applying Tai Chi Boxing, written by Yang Cheng Fu and published in 1931.

Yang Cheng Fu was the grandson of the founder of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, Yang Lu Chan (1799-1872), and the son of the 2nd generation Yang Tai Chi master Yang Chien Hou (1839-1917).

These drawings really capture the balance and symmetry of the Postures of Yang Cheng Fu. They were drawn by Matthias Wagner, and are from the drawings in his German translation of Yang Chengfu’s 太极拳体用全书。”Das vollständige Buch von Form und Anwendung des Taijiquan” ISBN 978-3-00-035699-5.

Click on the book below to check out this great translation by Louis Swaim of the Tai Chi Manual written by Yang Cheng Fu.

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  1. These happen to be my drawings, and they are actually drawn from my German translation of Yang Chengfu’s 太极拳体用全书。”Das vollständige Buch von Form und Anwendung des Taijiquan” ISBN 978-3-00-035699-5.

    • Hi Matthias, thank you for the wonderful work! I have made a note in the post referencing your work and a link to your book! Have you ever thought of having your book available in English?

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