Tai Chi Chuan Yang Style
Original Yang Style Master Graham Horwood Founder Taoist Group 1976 Taught by the Yang Family

Tai Chi Chuan or Tai Chi (sometimes referred to as Taijiquan or Taiji respectively) is an ancient Chinese Martial Art practised for its self defence and health benefits.

Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung sprang from ancient Taoist alchemy and there are four “modern,” popular styles of Tai Chi Chuan. They are all based on the I Ching, which incorporate its philosophy and archetypes into their principles of controlled movement. The practice is an outward meditative expression of the essence of the Book of Changes. These styles are known as Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun, all named for the family clans who adapted the techniques.

This site was created by Master Graham Horwood to help spread the word on Tai Chi, Qigong and Complementary Health.

Graham Horwood wrote and published several Books, wrote many Articles, and made numerous expert Tai Chi Instruction Videos.

Graham Horwood who was taught Tai Chi by the Yang Family.

The Yang Family

Yang Chien Hou

Tai Chi Chuan Tai Chi Master Yang Cheng Fu

Yang Cheng Fu

Tai Chi Chuan Tai Chi Master Yang Chien Hou

Yang Shou Cheung

The third adopted son of Yang Shou Cheung

Master Chu King Hung

Master Chu King Hung is considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on Family Yang Style Tai Chi.

Tai Chi Chuan Master Chu King Hung , Master Hon Sing Wun, Graham Horwood

Graham Horwood

Tai Chi Chuan CHIKUNG Qigong BHUDDHA

Graham Horwood, first started martial arts with Judo, then Wado Ryu Karate, under the auspices of Tatsui Suzuki.

In 1969 Graham studied Aikido and Tai Chi Chuan, then Hung Gar, with teacher and black belt grades (UK Martial Arts Commission registered by the Ministry of Sport).

Then in 1977 Graham began his relationship with Master Chu King Hung, third adopted son of Yang Shou Cheung. Yang Shou Cheung was the eldest son of Yang Cheng Fu. He spent 10 years practicing and teaching with Master Chu, who informed Graham that he was the first of his students to understand the internal principles of Tai Chi.

He also learnt Hsing I and Pa Qua with Master Chu and his teacher, Master Hon Sing Wun. He has studied and practiced herbal, complementary and Traditional Chinese Medicine since 1969.

Graham also has attended workshops in China with Grand Master Yang Zhengdo in Beijing as well as with Wang Li Shen being a Taoist Monk and Martial Arts Grand Master at Wudang Shan where the many teachings of Tai Chi Chuan, Pa Qua Chang and Hsing I including Chi Kung methods were confirmed to Graham Horwood.

Graham also taught Tai Chi Chuan in London and the Home Counties for a variety of groups for over 20 years. He was also a Jungian analyst (London & Zurich) focusing on health, the individuation process and dream analysis.
Graham held regular seminars and workshops at The Place in London.

He was also a writer and journalist with many articles and several books published.

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Tai Chi Chuan Demonstration Video Downloads available with secure PayPal payment: 

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Tai Chi Short Form – Video Download (35 mins)

This Tai Chi Video Download of the Yang Style Short Form is based on the Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan but is only 24 moves and only takes 5 minutes to perform.

The video includes The Tai Chi Chuan Yang Style Short Form which is based move for move on the traditional Tai Chi Chuan Yang style Long Form.

This demonstration video totals 35 minutes of expert and clear to follow instruction that also includes breathing techniques along with Chi Kung, Yin Yang Breathing Form, Chi Form, The Open and Close Form and Bonus footage of The Individual 24 postures masterfully demonstrated and easy to follow.

Perfect Tai Chi Yang Style for Beginners and also ideal for Experts looking to master their form.

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Tai Chi Long Form – Video Download (60 mins)

Graham Horwood demonstrates and explains the Original Tai Chi Chuan Yang Style Family form that was taught to him by his Tai Chi Teacher Chu King Hung who remains one of the world’s leading authorities on Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan.

This Original Video from Graham Horwood is appropriately priced with a total of 60 mins of expert instruction.

Tai Chi helps enable the unconscious energies of the body turn conscious. The foundation of Tai Chi and key to a good posture is in feet and Graham Horwood also shows in this Tai Chi Chuan Original Yang Style video download how to position the feet correctly to balance out the rest of the body.

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Tai Chi Silk Reeling Method Chan Shu Jian – Video Download (65 mins)

Graham Horwood demonstrates the Original Yang Style Tai Chi Chan Shu Jian form as laid out by Yang Cheng Fu.

The Chan Shu Jian ‘Silk Weaving Form’ refers to the spiralling inner or chi breathing techniques perfected by the Yang family over the centuries.

Chi in its usual course flows in lines along the meridians near blood vessels, daily nourishing the muscles, tendons & body tissue. Whereas Chan Shu Jian encourages the chi to spiral into the bone as well, harmonising & storing chi in the marrow for healing or martial purposes, creating a ‘chi battery’. Hence the Tai Chi maxim that a Master has bones as hard as steel yet as if wrapped in cotton wool.

In this Original Yang Style Tai Chi Video download Graham firstly shows the general posture for Tai Chi Beginners to this method of the Yang Style.

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Tai Chi Chuan Double Edge Sword Form – GIM – Video Download (35 mins)

The Original Tai Chi Form is known as the Hand Form or the Earth Form which gives rise to the second classical Yang Family form demonstrated in this video called the Tai Chi Chuan Double Edge Sword Form or GIM (Double Edge Sword). The Double Edge Sword or GIM represents the Chinese element of water. This is because the Chinese Water element is tied to the kidney energy where the internal energy or chi of the body is housed.

By allowing the energy to flow down the sword is a form of telekinesis. By Following this Tai Chi Sword Form correctly you will be able to feel the energy or the Chi flowing down the sword for additional effect. To enhance this effect while doing the Tai Chi Sword Form you must focus the eyes where possible on the tip of the sword.

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Tai Chi Sabre Broad Sword Dao Form – Video Download (20 mins

Graham Horwood expertly demonstrates the second Weapon Form in the style of the Yang family which is the Tai Chi Sabre Form or Dao Form. The tai Chi Chuan Sabre or Dao means to cut or chop. The sword is a long broad sword and the movements for the Dao is known as the Metal Form.

This Tai Chi Sabre form is for stimulating the energy of the lung and the large intestine. In Chinese medicine the lung opens and closes as does the bowel movement open and close. The metal actually stimulates the Lung energy.

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Tai Chi Staff and Spear Form Mu and Mao – Video Download (20 mins)

Graham Horwood expertly demonstrates the Staff and Spear Form in the style of the Yang family.

The Tai Chi Staff is a the longest weapon in Tai Chi being around 8 foot long. The Staff Form enhances liver ‘chi’ therefore strengthening the muscles, tendons as well as sharpening vision. The Spear Form (developed by the founder of Yang style, Master Yang Lu Chan) incorporates the Pa Qua – 8 Trigram method being an all for one and one for all set of techniques. Besides increasing chi potential it strengthens the heart, circulation, vision and the ‘spirit’. Indeed Yang Cheng Fu stated the greater the weapon, the greater the chi.

Easy to follow video download clearly showing how to link the chi through the arms, legs and body turns with internal energy into staff and spear. Naturally strengthening & balancing health, the internal organs, bone structure, immune system & aerobic function.

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Tai Chi Chuan and the Code of Life Book
Description - Tai Chi Chuan & The Code of Life

Tai Chi Chuan & The Code of Life for Both East & West details how to build chi, circulate and store it. In order to understand the energetic method of Tai Chi & Chi Kung, Graham Horwood has highlighted parallels from its source, The I Ching and the archetypal principles from both Eastern & Western philosophy and medicine. The text and diagrams show the synergy between the different cultures, yet show how they are all linked. This enables the beginner or the experienced Tai Chi practitioner to improve their understanding of Tai Chi. This will strengthen both the mind and body opening the gateway to the inner person.

Plus an exclusive set of Chi Kung Exercises which will augment the building, circulation and storage of chi for the healer and martial practitioner. These are accompanied by an explanation of where chi comes from and the its application for the mind and body as well as the flow in the meridians.

Review - The Journal of Asian Martial Arts

“The martial art of Taijiquan operates on multiple levels. Physically, it
helps strengthen and heal the body. Psychologically, it alleviates
stress and helps the practitioner achieve calmness of mind and mental
focus. Spiritually, it provides a mechanism to integrate breath, life
force (qi) and mind to achieve oneness with Nature and the forces in the
Universe. For centuries, this profound martial arts’ secrets were hidden
away in the esoteric teachings of Daoism, Traditional Chinese Medicine,
and Chinese classical texts such as the Book of Changes (Yijing, I

When Taiji was introduced to the West in the mid-twentieth century,
those essential teachings needed to fully comprehend this art were
either ignored or misunderstood by Occidental practitioners. The serious
student was left to his own devices to unearth Taiji’s foundations from
the few reference books that existed. In Tai Chi Chuan: The Code of
Life, Graham Horwood has created an important and sophisticated work
that opens the mysteries of Taiji to the West. What is unique in this
book is that Horwood uses contemporary findings in DNA research and
Jungian psychological techniques in which he is adept to explain in
Western terms Taiji’s inner workings.

Carl Jung, who departed from Sigmund Freud’s school of psychotherapy to
establish his own system, rejected the monolithic emphasis Freud placed
on the effect of sexuality on the subconscious. Jung believed that just
as the human body shows a common anatomy beyond racial differences, so
the psyche possesses a common substratum that transcends all cultures
and consciousness. Jung called that substratum the “collective
unconscious.” He recognized that mankind’s conscious imagination and
actions developed from certain common unconscious archetypal images and
always remain bound up with them. These archetypes have been expressed
in the classical mythologies and enlightened texts that man created in
early historical times when the distinctions between conscious and
subconscious reality were not as ossified as they are today.

Horwood utilizes these and other Jungian concepts to plumb Taiji’s
spiritual depths that heretofore remained ensconced in the Eastern
psyche. The author thereby lets the Western reader utilize his own frame
of reference to explore this Oriental art at its core. In so doing,
Horwood synchronizes Western myths and spiritual symbols with the
parallel universe of rich Chinese motifs that are physically expressed
in the Taijiquan movements, which have been traditionally elucidated in
China by the archetypal hexagrams contained in the Book of Changes.

As observed by Horwood, the symbols of the Book of Changes are
representations of energy states that can be expressed and developed
within the Taiji postures at a cellular level. For example, as Horwood
sets forth in his treatment, the two initial moves of Taijiquan known
as “ward off” and “roll back” are represented by the Book of Change’s
hexagrams of Heaven (six yang or masculine lines) and Earth (six yin or
feminine lines) respectively. Horwood then presents numerous analogous
archetypes that are familiar to us in the West for Heaven (the Supreme
Creator, Yahweh, and Zeus) and for Earth (Earth Goddess, Sophia, Venus,
and Mother Mary). Horwood so analyzes the six other main Taiji movements.

Horwood also explains how the most recent discoveries in the field of
DNA genetic coding correlate to the Book of Change’s ancient
permutations. Remarkably, the genetic vocabulary set forth in the DNA
language unearthed by modern science consists of 64 basic combinations
of acidic positive and sugar negative ingredients that seem to have been
mapped intuitively by the creators of the 64 combinations of yin and
yang contained in the Book of Change’s hexagrams.

Horwood elucidates how practicing the eight basic Taiji postures affects
the energy meridians that correlate to the yin and yang organs of the
body as catalogued in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He further reveals
several distinctive energy work (qigong) breathing patterns with
detailed diagrams setting forth the particular acupuncture points and
meridians that are energized in the meditative practices of Taiji. These
patterns, which Horwood represents as secret Yang family teachings,
transform Taijiquan practice from an empty dance into a rich meditative
exercise that not only can be used to prolong life, but also to enrich
the spirit.

I recommend this book to Taiji practitioners of all levels. For the
novice, it provides familiar Western symbolism and modern scientific
explanations to the otherwise inscrutable physical and spiritual
components of Taiji derived from ancient esoteric Daoist practices. For
the advanced practitioner, Horwood provides multi-leveled insights that
penetrate the essence of this art form that will enhance his or her
practice and understanding of Taiji. Horwood provides all Taiji
practitioners with the psychic and physical tools needed to penetrate
deeply into and explore the realm of humanity’s collective unconscious
from which the art derives.”

Noah Nunberg, J.D.
New York Law School

Review - Steve Solomon

“I finally obtained the hard copy of your excellent book, “Tai Chi Chuan &
The Code of Life”. I am reading it with delight, as it is a superb book,
full of wisdom on Tai Chi and Eastern thought. Thank you, sir, for
enlightening those of us interested in all things Taoist.”
Steve Solomon

Description - Key to Health

Key to Health is a  comprehensive guide on maintaining good health and curing disease by incorporating the ancient Chinese wisdom of the Yin and Yang Principles into a modern western diet. In this book the author explains how to adopt this Yin Yang theme for everyday use, with everyday foods. The author has been teaching, healing and practicing these methods successfully, since 1968.

Everything is beholden to the universal law of opposites as the world is made up of ordered opposite tendencies such as hot-cold, push-pull, young-old, tall-short, rich-poor neutron-electron, inner-outer. These opposites happen at every level from the formation of a galaxy right down to the atom. A group of sages in ancient China, called Taoists, adopted this law of opposites into their philosophy, science and medicine. They discovered that their Universe was made of a life force which in its expanding phase was called ‘Yang’ and when it reached its limit it changed into a contracting force, entitled  ‘Yin’.

Chinese doctors have been applying the Yin Yang methodology in remedies and curing disease, successfully for 5,000 years.

The author with show you clearly how to harmonise the internal energy of the body with diet, herbs and exercise. This book is the original subject matter resource to learn extensively how to incorporate these Yin Yang methods into your Western life and diet.

The book also lays out an easy to follow reference guide on how to use these Yin Yang methods to help cure the following:

Anaemia, Allergies (Asthma & Hay Fever),  Athlete’s Foot, Aches & Pains, Back & Neck Pain, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, High Cholesterol, Circulation Problems, Cellulite, Colds, Flu, Bronchitis, Cold Sores, Cystitis, Diabetes, Mellitus/Insipidus, Detoxing Naturally, Digestive Complaints (Ulcers etc.), Heart Trouble, Hormone Imbalance, Insomnia, Depression, Immune Function Deficiencies, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Menstrual Complaints, Menopause, Migraines & Headaches, Pulled Muscles & Tendon Damage, Rheumatism & Arthritis, SkinTrouble, Acne, Eczema, Stress, Syncope, Dizziness, Sterility, Infertility, Weight Control.

Review - Attila

Very interesting read. A lot of emphasis on nutrition and Tai Chi.

We all need to eat. Why not eat something that is good for us? It is not however another great diet, but one based on thousands of years of experience.

This book focuses on a variety of conditions that could be managed by choosing the right kind of food and food preparation method. This is some 75% of the book.

Very unique approach to suggests food, Tai Chi, Massage (chinese Tui Na) and other techniques to overcome a wide variety of common ailments from Asthma to Stress.

Also he was a great Tai Chi teacher, and here he teaches some easy to follow breathing techniques.

Check out his other book: Tai Chi Chuan and the Code of Life to read a very interesting take on the ancient I Ching, or the book of changes.

Review - Amazon

Full of extremely valuable guidance on how to restore ones body back to a balanced and harmonious state. Importantly, the soul is factored in to the equation.

A thoroughly recommended book. Take on board the advice and you’ll live longer… and with a bit of luck, die healthy!

Review Touchstone Tai Chi

If you are interested in health, then you are certainly interested in diet. Graham Horwood’s article and book ‘Key To Life’ is an invaluable resource to understanding this most essential element of health

Evening Echo

“Key to Health, will help people solve existing health problems and make them less likely to develop other illnesses.” M.Clarke, Evening Echo

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