Master Yan Yu is an avid practitioner of martial arts and a disciple of Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Shaolin Kung Fu. Influenced by long traditions of family teachings since youth, he learned from his father and grandfather the art of Kung Fu. His curiosity for Kung Fu and a passion for personal excellence continued to increase with age. After some heartfelt deliberations, he was taken to the Shaolin Temple and placed in the discipleship of the venerable abbot, Shi Yongxin.

With hard work and a focused spirit throughout his years at the Shaolin Temple, he drove into his practice and earned the liking and praise of his master by quickly grasping the essence of various Shaolin Kung Fu technique systems. He participated in several national level Shaolin Kung Fu tournaments, and earned first place in the Youth Division, Adult Division, Fist Form, Staff Form, and the Sword Form.

In 2002, at the suggestion of his master, he pursued an opportunity to study at the renowned founding enclave of internal Kung Fu, Wudang Mountain. While there, he studied in the discipleship of Zhong Yun Long studying Wudang Tai Chi until his invitation to the United States as a coach of Wudang Tai Chi Chuan in 2007. His lifelong studies and teachings have inspired him to develop a strong dedication to the public awareness of the many benefits of practicing Wudang Tai Chi Chuan such as improving health and gaining longevity.

Wudang Mountain Tai Chi

Wudang Tai Chi Chuan is a unique union of Daoism philosophy, kinesiology and traditional Chinese medical science. Its characteristics include using softness to resist hardness, restraining motion with stillness, and utilizing opponent's movements to dictate appropriate physical responses. The practice of Tai Chi can improve one's body strength and self-defense mechanism. It converts one's strength into energy, then into spirit. It combines Wushu with Regime to achieve the purpose of improving body strength, spirituality, intelligence, health, and ultimately achieving longevity.

Tai Chi Chuan practice includes the following major components: the practice of Jing/Shen (Spirit) and Chi (Energy), the practice of breathing and the practice of building up internal force with external force.

The following is a short list of the unlimited benefits from practicing Tai Chi:

  • Good for people of all ages
  • Helps to loosen joints and spine
  • Relaxes the body
  • Gain power and flexibility with simple and easy drills and techniques
  • Effective in strengthening the digestive, circulatory and skeletal systems
  • A moving meditation which relieves stress and improves concentration

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