Presenters featured in Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan Videos

Wang Yen-nien
Albert Efimov
Gianvittorio Ardito
Robert Luo (Luo Shao-jia)
Julia Fairchild
Cai Shi
George C. Lin (Lin Jin Tai)
Scott M. Rodell
Chén Lián-xin
Hervé Marest
Serge Dreyer
Chris Coggins
Jean-Luc Perot
Yorihiro Okatsu
Chris Nelson
Laurence Bovay
Yves Martin
David Banchereau
Nicole Henriod
Zhuang Shumei
David Liaw (Liaw Wen-shan)
Peter Clifford (Xu Bin)
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Wang Yen-nien (1914-2008) was the 4th Generation Lineage Holder for Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan. To prevent Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan from becoming extinct, he followed the guidance of his teacher, Zhang Qinlin, and "sought to share this precious art with anyone who wants to learn, regardless of race, color, or anything else." Because of Master Wang Yen-nien, thousands of people around the world -- including the practitioners featured on this website -- have learned "this precious art" as he called it. To read more, please visit The Master of a Generation: A Short Biography of Wang Yen-nien.

Julia Fairchild is the 5th Generation Lineage Holder for Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan. She began her study of this form with Master Wang Yen-nien in 1981, and officially accepted her role as his successor in May 2011, following a three year mourning period for her beloved teacher. She lives on a mountain in northwestern Italy, where she practices daily. She is founding member of Summit House and Associazione Culturale Yen-nien (Lunga vita).

Albert Efimov is a distinguished student, organizer, competitor, and instructor of Yanguia Michuan Taijiquan. He is the only person to be awarded a teacher's certificate by Scott M. Rodell. He performs the first half of the form in this demonstration.

Cai Shi is the main Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan Teacher at Taipei City Tai Chi Chuan Association. He teaches at the same spot where Master Wang Yen-nien taught for many years -- the association's rooftop practice area.  Cai Shi was born in 1939 in Changhua.  He started his study of taijiquan when he was 30 years old.  His primary teachers were Master Liu Peizhong and Master Wang Yen-nien.

Chén Lián-xin considers himself lucky to have been a student of Master Wang, starting when Master Wang was 80 years old.  He continues to try and find the true path of Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan, including how it relates to better health and martial arts. 

Chris Coggins, a student of Serge Dreyer, is Associate Professor of Geography and Asian Studies at Bard's College at Simon Rock.

Chris Nelson studied in New York under Robert Politzer, one of the first generation of Master Wang's Western students. Chris is the founder of the Downtown Tai Chi Studio in downtown Los Angeles where he teaches and promotes the use of Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan.

David Banchereau teaches in Brittany near Redon in France.  His first contact with the martial arts was with JUDO in 1984, which he practiced for several years.  He then practiced KARATE, in the Shotokan style as well as the Wadoriu style from 1990 to 1999.  It was in 1999 that he started Taichi Chuan, in the YMT style and at the same time in the Su dong-chen style. Being already a teacher (music teacher) and keen on pedagogy for 18 years, he made his debut as a Taichi teacher in 2010. His teachers who impressed him the most are Hervé Marest and Christophe Lephay (with whom he still works). He obtained the grade of 3 ° Duan in Internal Chinese Martial Arts from the French Federation FAEMC (Federation of Chinese energetic and martial arts). He is a member of the European teachers' college of Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan. Passionate about bodily practices, he is also a sophrologist and energy specialist. His website is

David Liaw (Liaw Wen-shan) trained at Yen-nien Daoguan and Grand Hotel for more than a decade. In addition to learning from Master Julia Fairchild, he trained with Master Wang Yen-nien privately for years. David Liaw is familiar with main essence of Yangjia with Tuishou being his specialty. A licensed acupuncturist, he teaches Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan in South Taiwan.

George C. Lin (Lin Jin Tai) followed the teachings of Wang Yen-nien for over 50 years, starting when he was a young teenager in Taipei amazed at Master Wang's Neigong ability and push-hand skills. He has taught Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan in Boston, L.A., and Taiwan since 1969.  In addition to teaching and coaching others in Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan, George C. Lin has provided leadership for many tai chi events and organizations, including succeeding the 3rd term President of the Association of Taiji Quan Yang Family of the Republic of China, which was founded by Master Wang and changed to its new name of TYMTA in 2008.

Gianvittorio Ardito started his study of Taijiquan with Philippe G'styr, one of the first students of Charles Li, in 1984.  In 1992 and 2005, he spent time in Taiwan studying with Master Wang Yen-Nien.  He lives and teaches in Rome, where in 1993, he created the Association WU XING. Every year, he invites Charles Li to conduct a workshop.

Hervé Marest teaches in Saumur, France. He is a student of Claudy Jeanmougin. He also studied with the late Wang yen-Nien in many workshops from 1987 to 1999. He is the author of Kunlun Taiji Sword, and three other books in French (Shi San Shi, First Duan, Glossary and Research about Mainform Names and Characters).

Jean-Luc Perot, in his lifelong search to better understand Qi, has traveled many paths including martial arts (judo, karate, and various forms of taijiquan), Chinese medicine (TuiNa), and osteopathy. After seeing Master Wang Yen-nien at two workshops in the early 1980s, he became intrigued by Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan (YMT) and traveled to Taipei to learn more. In 1982, he connected with Serge Dreyer, who inspired him to use everything he had learned in other areas to acquire a deep understanding of what is available within YMT. Among his many research interests is TaichiTango. The Argentine Tango, more than just slit skirts and heels, develops awareness of self, better posture, relaxation, and increased listening to partner – all with referents in YMT. He teaches taijiquan as a way to promote well-being and increased commitment to life.

Laurence Bovay teaches in Geneva, Switzerland.  Luc Defago was her first teacher. She is part of a Geneva association, the TOC (Taïji Open Club).  She is a member of Le Collège Européen des Enseignants du Yangjia Michuan Taiji Quan.

Nicole Henriod teaches in Lausanne, Switzerland. She was a student under Lizelle Reymond and followed courses with her Master, Dee Chao, who was himself a student of Cheng Man-Ching.

In 1989 she started to take courses with Master Wang Yen-nien as well as studying under his student, Luc Defago. Currently she is furthering her training in Paris with Charles Li (Li Cheng-Yi) who was a student with Master Wang. She is a member of the European College of Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan.

Following a trip to China in 2007 she regularly follows the teachings of Master Liu Yuan Tong, a taoist monk of the Quanzhen Dao school, in the practices of Neidan and Qigong.

Together with three others, she has created "centrÂge", an association which brings together and educates practitioners in the teaching of Taiji and Qigong to the aging.

Peter Clifford (Xu Bin) teaches Yangjia Michuan at The Tai Chi Centre in London, which he started in 1995. He was a founder member of the European College of Teachers in Cluny in 1989. In the 1970s he went to live in Taipei to study Yangjia Michuan with Wang Yen-nien. He studied with him for over 30 years, spending many long periods of time in Taipei. He was one of Wang Yen-nien's original Western students, and assisted him on many of his earliest European workshops.

Robert Luo (Luo Shao-jia) has been training at the Yen-nien facility for nearly a decade. In addition to learning from coach Fairchild, he also had plenty of opportunities to train with Master Wang Yen-nien himself over the years. Thus, Robert is extremely familiar with the main essence of Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan, with Tui-Shou (Push-hand) being his specialty. Although neither too many people know about nor practice Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan, Robert's passion has always been there. His goal was to form training programs for people here in Taiwan. After the passing of Master Wang Yen-nien, Robert left Yen-nien facility and proceeded with his goal by starting Minyou Teaching Area. In addition, Robert has also become the director of Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan of Republic of China, the vice-chairman of Taipei city Taijiquan federation, as well as the director of Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan of Taiwan. Robert's overall dedication in the field makes him one of the main contributors of Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan in Taiwan.

Scott M. Rodell, a student of the late Master Wang, is a teacher, author, and the founding director of Great River Taoist Center. Rodell began studying martial arts at the age of nine. He practiced karate, judo, tournament and instinct archery, wrestling, Olympic fencing, and marksmanship before devoting his training exclusively to Yang style taijiquan in 1981. Rodell studied taijiquan with two senior students of Cheng Man-ch'ing, William C.C. Chen and T.T. Liang, before finding his principal teacher, Wang Yen-nien. From Wang, Rodell learned the entire Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan ("Yang Family Hidden Teaching") system. In 1984, Rodell founded and became director of Great River Taoist Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and transmit the Yang family arts. In 1991, Rodell began teaching in the Soviet Union at the request of the Soviet Wushu Federation. In 1992, the Great River officially opened a Moscow branch. Since then, Rodell's seminars and training camps have expanded Great River Taoist Center to include many branch groups and affiliates located throughout the continental United States, Northern Europe, and Australia. Northern European locations include the Estonian cities of Tallinn, Tartu, and Narva; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Angers, France; and Malmo, Sweden.

Serge Dreyer, the first European student of the late Master Wang, has a special interest in pushing hands about which he co-authored a book published in 2009. He is also Associate Professor at Tunghai University in Taiwan.

Yorihiro Okatsu learned Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan in Taiwan from 1992 to 1994. His teachers are Ye Yun Wu and Julia Fairchild.

Yves Martin began study of Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan in 1995 with Christian Bernapel in Strasbourg. He initially met Master Wang Yen-nien in France during a 2001 workshop. In 2005, he spent six months in Taipei studying with Master Wang. He is a graduate of the French Federation of Wushu and a member of European College of YMT Teachers. He received the silver medal at Europa Taichi 2009 in Paris. Concerned about the authenticity and origins of taiji, he teaches YMT including fan and sword in Strasbourg. In parallel, he develops a YMT program for senior people.

Zhuang Shumei began her study of Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan with Wang Yen-nien in 2004. She was appointed an International Instructor in 2006, and is currently Head Coach and Executive Director of the Yen-nien Daoguan, Taipei.