Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi was originated by the great Tai Chi Master,
    Yang  Lu-Chan, with his second son, Yang Ban-Hou (1st and 2nd
    Generations). From Yang Ban-Hou this lineage was passed down to
    only three disciples. One of the three was Wang Jiao-Yu (3rd
    Generation). Wang in turn passed this style down to only four disciples.
    One of the four was Kuo Lien Ying (4th Generation), who brought this
    style to the United States in 1965. All the students who studied directly
    from Kuo are considered 5th Generation.

    The Legend of Guang Ping...

    As a young boy, Yang Ban Hou was exceptionally talented in martial
    arts with outstanding natural athletic abilities. However, he hated the
    tough training that was forced upon him by his proud father, Yang Lu-
    Chan, and would often run away from home. Each time his father
    would find him and drag him back home.
    Although Ban-Hou hated his daily training, his natural abilities helped
    him and his martial arts improved very rapidly. Thus, his name became
    famous and known throughout the Country.

    In the 17th Century, when the Manchu from the north invaded China,
    the Emperor put out a command to find the best martial artist to teach
    his Royal Family and his Imperial Guards. Yang Ban-Hou was
    considered the best at that time and was ordered to teach them.  Ban-
    Hou did not like the invaders, but knew that any refusal to the
    Emperor's command would mean death.
    Ban-Hou did not wish to teach the true secrets of Guang Ping forms, so
    he deliberately altered the movements into soft forms, later known as
    Beijing Style. The nightly Tai Chi sessions for the Royal Family were
    conducted behind high brick garden walls and closed high wooden
    One day, Ban-Hou, on his way to the Imperial Court walking past the
    Royal Horse Stable, observed a young stable boy practicing the same
    Tai Chi forms he was teaching nightly in the Royal Garden. He
    confronted the boy as to how he could know this style of Tai Chi so
    well. The stable boy, named Wang Jiao-Yu, confessed that he had
    learned the forms by spying on his teaching nightly.
    Ban-Hou learned the boy came from the same city of Guang Ping. He
    asked the boy if he was serious about learning Kung-Fu from him. The
    boy immediately said yes and dropped to his knees to pay respect and
    appreciation by bowing to Ban-Hou one hundred times.
    Ban-Hou said to him. "If you really want to learn real Kung-Fu from
    me, you have to bend down to touch your chin to toe within 100 days."
    Wang Jiao-Yu practiced very hard daily and succeeded in touching his
    chin to toe way before the 100 days had passed and thereby became
    one of the only three disciples accepted by Yang Ban-Hou.

    Many years later...

    Chi-Li was known as the most elusive and clever burglar's in the
    Shantung area. He possessed great talent and was trained in a very high
    skill of Chinese Martial Arts. He could easily leap across a canal over
    twenty feet wide or just as easily jump up eight feet to roof tops to
    escape capture.  On this night, the sheriff and his deputies chased Chi-
    Li into a dead-end alley, which lead to an ancient temple. When the
    pursuers rounded the corner into the alley leading to the temple, they
    saw Chi-Li's figure lying on the ground, knocked out cold. The sheriff
    and his men were amazed and puzzled as to what had happened to this
    lifeless figure lying on the ground. As they looked about the ground for
    some explanation, they saw an old man sitting on the granite steps
    leading to the main entrance of the old temple.
    This old man was known to the town's people as "The old man selling
    tea at the old temple." He wore loosely fitted trousers with the pant legs
    tied firmly around his ankles.  His demeanor was calm as he sat cross-
    legged with palms resting gently on top of his knees.
    As the sheriff questioned the old man, he calmly denied having any
    knowledge of what had happened to the burglar, Chi-Li.
    When the sheriff and his men paraded through town proudly with Chi-
    Li bound by ropes, words were buzzing through the town that "The old
    man selling tea at the old temple" possessed great skill in Kung-Fu.  
    However, the old man always denied that he knew anything about
    martial arts, but was just an ordinary person selling tea.
    As the days and weeks passed people who had waited from morning to
    night hoping to see Kung-fu gave up and slowly disappeared from the
    temple grounds. Eventually, everyone had given up, except for one
    persistent young man.  Night after night, he would go to the temple
    after dark and wait until dawn before going home to sleep.
    Finally one night after hearing the town's time keeper, Bong! Bong!
    Bong! Bong! The sound of four beats (representing 4 am), as he was
    about to doze off, all of a sudden a dark figure appeared amongst a
    group of young trees.  He was waving his arms and hands in total
    coordination of his body and legs, like a slow dance. Whenever he
    would push forward with his palms, the nearby tree branches would
    bend with leaves rustling as though they were being blown by a strong
    wind.  With each step, going to and fro, his feet were placed on the
    ground very gently and precisely. Yet, even with each movement being
    performed very slowly, he could see and feel the great power projecting
    When the news of the "Tea Seller" having such great Kung Fu abilities
    got out, everyone who could walk wanted to study with him. Finally the
    "Tea Seller", Wang Jiao Yu accepted four disciples. One of the four was
    Kuo Lien Ying, who in 1965, brought the unique style of Guang Ping
    Yang Tai Chi to San Francisco's Chinatown.
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Lineage of Great Grand Masters:
Yang Lu-Chan - Yang Ban Hou - Wang Jiao
Yu - Kuo Lien Ying - Henry Look