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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.