LI YA XUAN (Li Ya Hsuan) (1893-1976)


Li Ya Xuan is considered to have been one of Yang Chen Fu's top students and inheritors. He left behind many photographs and notes and his work is a model for Taiji practitioners. His poses show, like his name, the attribute of elegance so often identified with Yang Family Taiji Quan.

His notes point out such key concepts as:

Not moving the limbs aimlessly but with concentrated attention.
Clearing the mind while practicing.
Holding martial intent foremost.
Feeling the Qi moving into the limbs.

His five avoidances for studying Taiji Quan were:

1. Don't study with the wrong teacher.
2. Don't doubt the teacher you choose.
3. Don't indulge in bad habits like gambling.
4. Don't practice hard Kung Fu styles at the same time.
5. Don't leave your teacher too soon, before you have the true transmission.

Li left many writings and photographs. His books are excellent references with classic form and clear pictures.

NOTE: These fine Lion Book edition are all in Traditional Chinese Characters: no English!


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The Yang Style Tai Chi of Li Ya Hsuan
by Chen Lung Hsiang & Li Min Di

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$16.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;    187 pages.



Li Ya Hsuan, one of Yang Chen Fu's top students, studied with master Yang for many years. During that time he learned the 115 posture Long Set. This large sized book shows Li himself performing the set . There are also notes on practice methods, some nice old photographs and some holographs of Li's own calligraphy. Li's insights into Tai Chi are deep and thorough and he prided himself on learning in direct descent from the Yang family. His posture is full and firm and the pictures in this text show his generally excellent form.

Yang Tai Chi with Li Ya Hsuan Pus Hands

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Tai Chi Push Hands of Li Ya Hsuan
by Chen Lung Xiang & Li Min Di


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$14.95 Traditional Chinese Characters; 131 pages with photographs

Li Ya Hsuan, one of Yang Chen Fu's top students, was a profound authority on Yang Style Tai Chi. This book is based on the few known photographs of Master Li taken at three points during his lifetime. His form, in all cases, is elegant, erect and firm. Sections discussed include Single Push Hands, Double Push Hands, Fixed Step Tui Shou and Mobile Tui Shou. The actions of Ta Lu are also surveyed. There are many textural notes and interpretations to aid in the study. Excellent photos.

Yang Tai Chi with Li Ya Hsuan Straight Sword

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The Yang Style Tai Chi Sword of Li Ya Hsuan
by Chen Lung Xiang & Li Min Di

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$18.95 Traditional Chinese Characters; 171 pages with photographs.


The photographs and notes he left behind are considered treasures of martial information. His poses show vigor, elegance, health and dignity. Here is the entire set of the Yang style Tai Chi sword with textural notes and applications relating to just about every movement in the form. Also included is a wall chart of the set showing his exceptional form. Photography - much of it showing Li himself - is of top quality.

 

Yang Tai Chi with Li Ya Hsuan Saber

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The Yang Style Tai Chi Saber of Li Ya Hsuan
by Chen Lung Xiang & Li Min Di

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$18.95 Traditional Chinese Characters; 134 pages with photographs.


This is another fine production of Li Ya Hsuan's work. In this case we have the Yang Family Saber. The book contains introductory notes, a really nice photograph breakdown of the postures which are interspersed with applications. At the end if a round up of all the photographs pertaining only to the set. Well laid out and presented, excellent photography. Li's pictures are filled out with Li Min Di and other students inserting applications and the occasional under represented sequence. Well done.

Yang Tai Chi with Li Ya Hsuan Spear Art

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The Yang Style Tai Chi Spear of Li Ya Hsuan
by Chen Lung Xiang & Li Min Di

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$15.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;   180 pages with photographs.


This is the Yang Family Spear, a subject for which there is entirely too little information. This book shows many basics and combinations with a partner. There is also a form we assume to be developed by Li himself. The pictures are excellent. Probably one of the most extensive explications of Yang Family Spear by one of Yang Chen Fu's best, that is available now. If you have been researching this topic you know how difficult it is to find proper information on this style of spear usage.

Yang Tai Chi with Li Ya Hsuan inheritance

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The Yang Style Tai Chi of Li Ya Hsuan
by Chen Lung Xiang & Li Min Di

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$18.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;   417 pages.


Li Ya Hsuan was one of Yang Chen Fu's top students and a prodound authority on Yang Style Tai Chi. He studied with master Yang for many years and learned the 115 posture Long Set. This is a well done book in traditional characters. It has many plates of Li's student and son-in-law, the author, doing the Long Set and numerours Push Hands drills. It also has extensive explanations on the Tai Chi Classics and a very extensive and informative section on Li's own observations of Tai Chi.

Yang Tai Chi with Li Ya Hsuan inheritance

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Yang Style Tai Chi VCDs
by Chen Lung Hsiang & Li Min Di

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$13.95 Traditional Chinese Characters;

Here is a double VCD (Video Compact Disk) of author and student, Chen, performing the Yang 115 Long Form as shown to him by his father-in-law Li Ya Hsuan, one of Yang Chen Fu's top students. Also enclosed is an excellent posture of the set with Li himself showing all the poses. A very nice addition, well done, for anyone interested in learning more about Yang Style Tai Chi.