Classic Ideas in Modern Formats
Dale Napier, Writer
Background - Master Wang Yen-Nien
Master Wang Yen-nien
Laoshi Wang (1914-2008) of Taipei, Taiwan is the 4th generation successor of
Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan.
He fought in the
Second Sino-Japanese War
and rose to the rank of colonel in the army of
General Yan Xishan
(Yen Hsi-shan), a rival of
Chiang Kai-shek and
warlord of Shanxi Province and northern China.
After that war he helped fight the battle against the Communist insurgency, and
fled with Yan's army
to Taiwan in 1949. Master Wang was taught the Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan system by
Zhang Qinlin from 1945 until April 24, 1949,
when he left for Taiwan. He began teaching YMT at that time, and in time has
passed it, personally and through his students, to hundreds, perhaps thousands,
of people around the world -- in Japan, France, America, and many other places.
Source: Wang Yen-nien, Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan, the Yang Family
Hidden Tradition of Taijiquan, Volume 1, Illustrated and Explained,
trans. Julia Fairchild, et al., 2d ed., (Taipei: privately published,
1993). ISBN: 957-97052-4-0
For further reference, see www.ymti.org.