No! This is not yet another modern version of "Tofu style Tai Chi" which offers neither "power" nor vitality. Our style, the Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, Medium Frame/Tiger Form, is taught & practiced according to the teachings of Master Chu, Gin-Soon of Boston & the late Grandmaster Yang, Sau-Chung -- the eldest son of the world famous Yang, Cheng-Fu.
We do not teach the power, energy, & fighting principles of Chen style, Xingyi, Shaolin, western boxing, Karate, etc.; nor do we teach the water-downed versions that are created by the dubiously unqualified people.
The principles "internal power" of the authentic Tai Chi Chuan are unique. So unique is its internal power that the authentic Tai Chi Chuan does not need any help from other styles, whatsoever. As for the martial art applications, the authentic Tai Chi Chuan has its own unique system of defensive & offensive techniques based upon the principles of internal power (Peng Jing). In fact, combining with other styles -- whether it be western boxing body mechanics, Shaolin white crane shaking strikes, Chen style's waist snapping movement; Yichuan's standing meditation, or Aikido's unbendable arm -- absolutely prevents the practitioners from understanding the internal principles of the authentic Tai Chi Chuan. Therefore, there is no need for importing other martial arts' principles unless there is lack of understanding.
To understand the authentic Tai Chi Chuan, one must truly understand the principles of "Steel Wrapped in Cotton", "Borrowing Energy", "Stillness in Motion", etc. Moreover, the understanding of these principles is derived by the profound method of "Dynamic/Power pushing hands". Without these principles, whatever he/she is doing CANNOT be the authentic Tai Chi Chuan. It is merely imitation, at best, & not the famous & powerful authentic Tai Chi Chuan of Yang, Lu-Chan & his family.
Not many people know about Grandmaster Yang, Sau-Chung. As a teenager, he took over the teaching responsibility of his father. Moreover, he has taught many students who later attained world renown by attaching themselves to Yang, Cheng-Fu's name. CMC & many others were, in truth, mediocre students of Grandmaster Yang, Sau-Chung. The true lineage holders under Grandmaster Yang, Sau-Chung are his three disciples: Master Yip, Tai-Tak (Hong Kong); Master Chu, Gin-Soon (Boston, MA, USA); Master Chu, King-Hong (Europe).
Master Gin-Soon Chu, who is the current 5th generation lineage
(the only legitimate candidate for the 5th generation Gatekeeper) & the second disciple of Grandmaster Yang, Sau-Chung, started to teach & propagate the knowledge of the Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan throughout North America in 1969. Since then, he has been teaching authentic Tai Chi Chuan in Boston, MA.
Sifu H. Won Gim, who is a disciple of Grandmaster Gin-Soon Chu, has been studing the Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan since 1982. With Master Chu's permission, Sifu Gim teaches the only authorized Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan in NYC*, since 1997.
*As of October of 1997, H. Won Tai Chi Chuan Associationis the only authorized Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, granted by Gin Soon Tai Chi Chuan Federation USA, in New York or New Jersey state.
The current assistant instructors of H. Won Tai Chi
Chuan Association are as follows:
Howie Wang (NYC)
Gustavo Lopez (NYC)
Samuel Martinez (Northern Virginia)
Brian Mungeer (NYC)
Sergey Chernyshev (NYC)
Jesse Brossa (NJ)
Scott Eveleth (NYC)
Duncan Price (London)
Manuel Bieler (Zurich)
Brian Lee (Seoul)
Charles Yim (Seoul)