Master Yang Jun, Center Director
6 th Generation direct descendant of the founder of Yang Style Tai Chi, Yang Lu Chan. He has been trained by his grandfather,
Master Yang Zhen Duo, since age 5 to carry-on the Yang Family
traditions. He is certified as the highest level judge in China and served as head judge for the 1998 National
Tai Chi Competition in China. In 1995 he was given the title of “Shanxi Province Famous WuShu Master” by the
Chinese WuShu Academy. Yang Jun taught seminars overseas with his grandfather for the ten
years. He moved to Seattle from China in August 1999 with his wife Fang Hong, to teach and serve as President
of the Association.
Fang Hong (Mrs. Yang Jun), Center Director, Head Instructor
When Fang Hong started her Tai Chi journey in 1987, she was fortunate to have Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo as her first teacher. She continues learning from her husband, Master Yang Jun. In 1999, she joined Master Yang Jun in teaching Tai Chi in the Seattle area. In addition to being a Tai Chi instructor and a dedicated wife and mother, she also serves as Secretary to the International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association.
Our Certified Instructors aid students on behalf of Master Yang Jun and Fang Hong. They each have over five years experience and have worked hard for the opportunity to serve our students and our school.
Mui Gek Chan
Ever since I was a child, I was intrigued by taijiquan’s graceful, but powerful moves. In 1996, I started learning Yang style taijiquan, push hands, sword, saber, and later, Wu style taijiquan with Master Xie Bing Can. I also assisted in teaching and translating.
In 2002, I had the opportunity to continue studying Yang style taijiquan with Master Yang Jun and has ever since been learning and training under him.
I started my tai chi journey in 1996 and learned Yang Style Simplified 24 and 32 Sword, 85 Long Form, 2 person Opposites and Push Hands under the teachings of Master Shuo Y. Chen. After his passing in 2000, I began studying with Master Yang Jun and now add the Traditional 103 & 13 Hand, 67 Sword, and 13 Saber Forms to my resume.
I teach tai chi at senior centers and at Shoreline Community College with my husband, Mike. I am currently the Office Manager of the Redmond Center and Master Yang’s Assistant in the International Association.
Mike graduated from California Institute of Technology in 1981. He had a few jobs programming computers, had his own programming business, then joined Microsoft in 1988 and left Microsoft in 1997.
He started learning tai chi in 1996 at a class taught at Microsoft by Master Shuo Y Chen, learning the 24, 32 sword, and 103 forms and starting push hands.
In 2000, he and his wife, Nancy, started to teach tai chi at Microsoft, and near the end of 2000 joined the YCF Center, where he also learned the 67 sword form and 13 saber forms. They teach at local Senior Centers and Shoreline Community College.
After trying out several different martial arts I decided to find one that I could continue to discover over a lifetime of practice. I looked for a traditional system with a strong lineage and finally discovered Master Yang’s Seattle school in the year 2000. I have attended classes at the Seattle and Redmond schools since that time and have studied the long and short Yang Family hand forms, as well as the sword, saber, push hands, and staff. I have been very fortunate to learn directly from Master Yang Jun, his wife Fang Hong and his Esteemed Grandfather, Master Yang Zhen Duo. Since 2005, I have had the honor of being an assistant teacher at the school. The Yang Family teaches a deep and profound style of Tai Chi Chuan and after years of study with Master Yang I am still always surprised by his excellent teaching ability and remarkable skill level.
I first learned the Yang Simplified 24 in 2000 and later a form so-called the “Old Yang” Style Tai Chi class from two Employee’s Tai Chi clubs taught by a fellow employee. I served on the Executive Board of the clubs, led practice sessions and occasionally taught classes there.
After reading the article “A Talk on Practice” by Yang Chengfu: “…a group takes their mistakes and transmits them to generations, necessarily fooling both themselves and others…”, I realized I have to search for a professional Tai Chi instructor. I have been studying with Master Yang since 2003 and received 4th rank in 2008. I became a Certified Instructor in 2009.
I am a Computer Software Engineer and currently working for a major corporation in the Northwest. I teach Tai Chi classes in Community Center and Senior Center in the City of SeaTac.
It is my good fortune to have the opportunity to study with Master Yang Jun and Fang Laoshi here in the Redmond/Seattle Yang Chengfu Centers. Starting in 2004 with the Hand Form I have continued my training with Sword and Saber Forms, Push Hands, and Instructor Training classes, all the while seeking improvement through Correction classes and Seminars.
Giving back to our Center by participating in school demos and sharing in teaching responsibilities, as well as serving as a judge for the 2009 Ranking Tests, is also my good fortune. I teach at the YMCA and Redmond Senior Center as well.
Stepping out of my ballet slippers, having spent years teaching in a professional ballet company school, I am happy to discover the advantages of continuing my footsteps along the tai chi chuan path!
Having become grandmother to two exuberant boys it is lucky for me to have a way to improve myself enough to be worthy of that honor!
My past life experience allows me to study tai chi chuan more fully. My tai chi chuan experience allows me to live my life more fully. They have become one and the same.
I have been a student of Yang Lao Shi since 2002 and have studied the Long Form, 49 Movement Competition Form, 16 Movement Form, Saber Form, Single Posture Staff, Sword Form, Push Hands, Standing Meditation, and Applications. I work hard and take my daily practice seriously. I strive to motivate students to dedicate a small amount of time every day to practice Taijiquan. I am also a regular contributor to the association journal and member of the editing/writing team for the Student Handbook.
Yang Lao Shi has been a skillful and inspirational teacher that I admire greatly. I try to emulate his teaching style and preserve the essence of what he has said in the years I’ve studied with him.