Yu Yong Nian and Zhan zhuang
Yongnian is now probably the last living direct disciple
of Wang Xiang Zhai, who continues to practice and teach Zhan Zhuang
everyday, and he keeps very healthy looking younger than his advanced
age, 93. His pushing hands is still very powerful, and even strong
athletic students cannot move him...
It is always with great humility and kindness that Grand Master Yu Yong
Nian receives his visitors, he likes to explain the basic theories of
Da Cheng Chuan and also its difference with other martial arts, but
also anecdotes about his Master Wang Xiang Zhai...
His researches on Zhan Zhuang are invaluable and lead him to be
recognized as the world's leading authority on Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung.
Yu Yong Nian was born near Beijing in February 1920. After completing
his initial schooling he was sent for specialist medical education in
Japan. At 21, he returned in China, and began working at the Beijing
Railways General Hospital.
Three years later, exhausted from the
constant hours of dental practice, he began training under Late Great
Wan Xiang Zhai, After nine years of study and practice, Yu Yong Nian
began to introduce aspects of Zhan Zhuang as treatment for internal
diseases at his hospital.His
initial successes led to a major medical conference in 1956 at the
Beijing Shoudong San Hospital to introduce the Zhan Zhuang system to
hospitals throughout China.
¡°When I was training in the park
under Master Wang Xiang Zhai,¡± Doctor Yu Yong Nian recalled, ¡°he would
tell me to ¡°pull the tree¡± towards me, and push it back. This was from
a distance and I couldn¡¯t try how I could possibility do that! I tried
everyday. Only after long practice did I begin to feel the connection
with the tree. Then I began to understand his words.¡±
After the Cultural Revolution, Doctor Yu published the first of four
books on the Zhan zhuang system. The first edition of Zhan Zhuang for
Health (Educational Publishers, Beijing) was published in February 1982
with a print run of 20,000. By April, a second edition of 120,000
copies was issued.
By 1987, a further 294,500 copies had been printed.
A limited edition of his second
book on the application of Zhan Zhuang for health was published in
Beijing in 1989 and in the same year a further book on the system was
issued by Cosmos Books in Hong Kong.
Professor Yu Yong Nian never stops to research on Zhan Zhuan, even
nowadays he continues to refine his theoretical works. One most unknown
part of his research is an exclusive interpretation of Zhan Zhuan
system and its correspondence in the ¡°Tao de Ching¡± of Lao Tseu.
With his scientific formation and his mastering of Chinese traditional
philosophy but also with 70 years of uninterrupted practice of Zhan
Zhuan, he brings a new light in the understanding of the essence of
Internal Martial Arts through Yi Chuan healing and fighting systems.