The History and Origin ofYang Fu Quai, alias Lu Chan (picture on left), was born in Nan Quan village of Yong Nian County. He came from a farming family and during periods after harvest time, he used to work in a grocery in the west side of the county. One day a troublemaker burst into the local dispensary and proceeded to insult the proprietor, claiming that he was not a local. He did this in an attempt to shame the proprietor into reducing the price on some precious herbs that he wished to buy. Without provocation the bully struck out at the proprietor, who with a sudden thrust of his hands, sent the troublemaker hurling a few metres out of the dispensary.
Yang Style Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan)
The crowd that gathered was greatly impressed by the incident. Lu Chan, who was amongst the them, thought to himself that the proprietor must posseses outstanding Wu Shu (martial art) ability and he was filled with respect at his skill. In his youth, Lu Chan had leant Shaolin Chuan, but had never managed to acquire its techniques. He made up his mind to call on the proprietor to find out what Chuan (fist) technique he practised.
At first the proprietor was reluctant to even discuss his technique. Later, moved by Lu Chan's sincerity and earnest desire to know more, he told him that he practiced Mien Chuan (soft / continuous fist), also called as Tai Chi Chuan. He explained to Lu Chan that his skill was limited, but that his Master lived in Henan's Chen Jia Gou (Chen family village), and was known as Chen Chang Xing (picture on the right). He advised him to seek Master Chen out, with a view to learning from him.
Lu Chan was delighted and armed with the information, he set out for Chen Jia Gou to seek Master Chen's instuction. This is how he ultimately became Master Chen's tuti (disciple). Under his Master's guidance, Lu Chan devoted himself tirelessly to the mastery of Tai Chi Chuan. Six years later, he returned to Yong Nian.
On his return, Lu Chan found that a number of people in Yong Nian were learning Wu Shu. A well known Wu Shu exponent challenged him to a test of competence. After a hard fight, Lu Chan was beaten and shortly after his defeat, returned to Chen Jia Gou.
Six years later, he again returned to Yong Nian, arriving during the festivities of the Lunar New Year. Observing his return, some of the local Wu Shu practitioners sought to test his skill by trying to crowd him, under the pretext of being in a festive mood. None of them managed to get close to him and the crowd laughed, saying that at last he had been successful in mastering Wu Shu.
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