Yao Chengguang (born in 1953)
The twin brothers Yao Chengguang and Yao Chengrong were born in 1953. At age of 8 they started learning yiquan(Yi Chuan) from their father Yao Zongxun, and continued it even in the hard time of Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), when whole family had to leave Beijing and work in the country. Most of Yao Zongxun's students lost opportunity of learning from him for some years. Fortunately his sons could learn from him even then. They worked together as horse herd in the grassland close to mountains (Changping area in Hebei Province). They continued training although they suffered from hunger and cold.

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Yao Chengguang on the cover of "Wuhun" martial arts magazine
 

Yao Zongxun was very able, well educated man, and at the same time he was a great warrior, who had chance to fight in many challenges, with many masters of various styles and in fights with street gangs (in the time of chaos in late 1940s). Although in 1950s and 1960s among his students there were many with great talent, the situation didn't allow frequent combat-oriented training. His sons had more chance for this kind of practice though. When in 1979 Yao family came back to Beijing, teaching yiquan(Yi Chuan) as a martial art openly became possible. But those students who learned before Cultural Revolution were too old for this kind of intensive combat oriented training. So Yao Zongxun had chosen his sons and a few other young students to participate in this combat training. From those few, Yao Chengguang, Yao Chengrong and Cui Ruibin are most famous for their combative skills. Master Yao Chengguang, as elder of the twin brothers, is regarded as successor of his father.
Yao Chengguang started teaching yiquan(Yi Chuan) about 1980, propagating it in various parts of China. In Beijing he taught at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Pharmacology, Beijing University, Beijing Industrial University. He conducted many fights, proving his skill. In 1982 he took part in one of the first of san da tournaments. But after the first fight, when he knocked his opponent out unconscious in first round, he was forbidden participating in san da tournaments, because his explosive power was too dangerous. Later he had been teaching in Hong Kong and Japan, in all places conducting many victorious fights. In 1994 the school Zongxun Wuguan (Zongxun is Yao Chengguang's father's name, wuguan means martial arts school) was founded. Yao Chengguang became it's director and chief instructor. Presently master Yao Chengguang is also president of Beijing Yiquan(Yi Chuan) Research Association. In 2001 he was giving seminars in Italy.

 


Master Yao Chengguagn in "Boji" martial arts magazine
Master Yao Chengguang is director and chief instructor of the school "Zongxun Wuguan" in Beijing, honorary director of "Zhongyi Wuguan", president of Beijing Yiquan(Yi Chuan) Research Association, technical advisor of Hong Kong Yiquan(Yi Chuan) Association, honorary president and chief instructor of Hong Kong Yao Family Yiquan(Yi Chuan) Association, honorary president of Taiki-ken Association in Tokio, honorary president of Taiki-ken Association in Yokohama, member of Board of Beijing Wushu Association, honorary president and chief instructor of Guizhou Yiquan(Yi Chuan) Association, honorary president of Changzhi Yiquan(Yi Chuan) Association, honorary president of Kaifeng Yiquan(Yi Chuan) Association, honorary president of Xinye Yiquan(Yi Chuan) Association, honorary president of Shandong Province Farmers Physical Culture Association, honorary president of Jinan Yiquan(Yi Chuan) Association, honorary director and technical advisor of Academy of Yiquan(Yi Chuan) in Poland.
Master Yao Chengguang is author of a set of studying materials, which are available also in English, as an electronic publication (PDF format). A set of 4 videotapes (Yao Chengguang and Yao Chengrong demonstrating basic training methods) was published in Hong Kong. New set of videos (VCD) was made by Yao Chengguang together with Kubo Isato (taiki-ken master from Japan).

Chengguang's essays (or about him) were published in: "China Youth Daily", "Science and Technique Daily", "Beijing Daily", "Beijing Evening", "China Daily" (in English), "Changzhi Daily", "Great Common Daily" (Hong Kong), "Commercial Daily" (Hong Kong), and in Japanese, French, Polish and of course Chinese martial arts magazines. Together with brother he published their father's books: "Yiquan(Yi Chuan) - science of Chinese practical fighting", and "Yiquan(Yi Chuan) - health cultivation" and also a collection of texts written by Wang Xiangzhai. New book by master Yao Chengguang will be published soon.


Yao Chengguang is respected as a teacher with great skill and knowledge. His way of teaching is very clear and systematic, which helps his students to make fast progress and get a lot of satisfaction from study of yiquan(Yi Chuan).
Master Yao Chengguang in "China of 21st century" magazine
 


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