Tai Chi was originated in Chan Ja Gou in China and therefore called the Chan’s Tai Chi. No one knew about Tai Chi before 1850 when Tai Chi was first brought to Beijing by master Yeung. Until 1930s when the legendary tai chi master Chan Fa Ke came to Beijing, there were already many people teaching different styles of Tai Chi. Chan has the incredible skills and techniques that not only made him a legend but also a treasure to all his students.
One of the well known Tai Chi forms is called the Ng’s Tai Chi. Around the time when Chan was teaching Tai Chi in Beijing, there were many people studying the Ng’s form there. A master called Lau and his students heard that Chan was very good, so they decided to invite master Chan to demonstrate his skills. Chan came and started demonstrating his kung fu routines after a brief greeting.
Everyone else were assuming an hour for the observation but turn out he finished in a little bit more than 10 minutes. They marveled at how powerful and quick master Chan’s moves were and started discussing. Some said he was too fast which is not correct according to traditional Tai Chi theory. But the Master Lau knew that although he did the moves fast, they were executed in smooth circle motions and although there were releasing of power, he remained relaxed. He was very humble and decided to learn Tai Chi under Chan.
One of Chan’s students was Master Hung who later became a really important person is the development of Taichi Kung Fu. Hung learnt the essence of Chan’s Kung Fu and improved the whole system and called it Practical Tai Chi.
One of the most important Tai Chi move is called the King Kong Pounding. It is actually the starting move of the first routine. In 1957, Hung went to Beijing and visited Chan. In the mean time, he asked whether the King Kong Pounding move can be used to handle attacks directly. Chan gave a positive answer. Later Hung change the move a little bit. The move is executed by raising right hand to contact opponent’s coming right straight punch with forearm. Left hand twists internally and places in front to avoid elbow attacks.
Chan had experiences using the move in real situations. When Chan was living in his home town, the town was disturbed by robber’s activities. The governors tried to hire martial artists to guard the town. One of them was Chan. One day another martial artist knew that a Tai Chi master was joining them. He went to challenge Chan. He was sitting on chair and smoking in the house during that time. The martial artist directly came in front of Chan and threw a punch at his chest. Chan immediately stand up but the punch had almost arrived on his body. He executed the King Kong Pounding move. He touched the man’s wrist with his right hand and once he stretched his fingers, the man was bounced back and fell on the ground.