Re: Chen Men-Ching Style
My own form comes via Yang Zhen Ji, Yang Zhen Duo's older brother. Being the elder, Yang Zhen Ji is the actual "Gate Holder" of the Yang Style, but Yang Zhen Duo claimed it. There are even minor differences between what Yang Zhen Ji teaches and what Yang Zhen Duo teaches. I also did a week seminar on Tung Fast Form with one Tung's senior students. I asked to see her long form and there were a few differences to what I had been taught!! (Incidentally, I also did Tung sabre with her at another seminar). I think the reference to your student not teaching Traditonal Yang style is all down to the lineage thing again!!
An interesting aspect of Traditional Yang is the "straight back" at the end of postures. Straight back in Traditonal Yang does not mean "upright" back as seen in CMC style. The body is inclined, but with no bend in it. (A straight line from back heel to top of the head). However the body in Tradtional Yang is always "upright" during transitions, but at the end of say, "Brush and Push" it is inclined with the spine straight. Does that make any sense at all!!!!
Anyway, very best of luck with your venture into CMC.
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