Yang Yuting (杨禹廷), official name Yang Ruilin (瑞霖), also known as Yang Yuting (杨雨亭), was born in Beijing
on 11/14/1887. Yang started his martial art study at age of nine. He learned Muslin Tantui (教门弹腿), Shaolin
Tantui (少林弹腿), Changquan (长拳), and Hehuquan (黑虎拳) with Zhou Xiangchen (周相臣), Zhao Yueshan (赵月
山), and Tian Fengyun (田凤云). When he was about 20 years old, he learned Xingyiquan (形意拳) and
Baguazhang (八卦掌) with Gao Kexing (高克兴) (also name Gao Ziming高子明). Then, starting in 1916, he studied
Taijiquan with Wang Maozhai (王茂斋). From that time Taijiquan was his main focus in training and teaching. He
was Wang Maozhai's senior disciple and successor. Teaching Taijiquan was his life’s work.
Yang Yuting paid great attention to Taijiquan education. Since 1930, he assisted Wang Maozhai in teaching
Taijiquan everyday at the Beiping Taimiao Taijiquan Association (北平太庙太极拳研究会 1930 - 1951). After Wang
Maozhai passed away, he became the leader of Northern Wu group.
He taught in many other places such as colleges, institutes, public schools, government ministries, and private
companies. From 1950s onward, he taught at Shiziting (十字亭) of Beijing Zhongsan Park (中山公园) until he
retired. In his 70 years of teaching, he trained tens of thousands of people, from high-level government officials to
regular citizens, from generals of army to business persons, from famous artists to famous scholars. Some of
disciples became very famous martial artists.
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Yang improved traditional training methods and created several new methods. When he taught Taijiquan, he realized there were weaknesses in the
traditional training system. So under Wang Maozhai’s supervision and support, he researched, summarized, and systematized teaching principles and
methods carefully. He wrote the book “Manual of Taijiquan” (Taijiquan Jiaoxue Jiangyi 太极拳教学讲义) in 1924. This was the first time in Chinese history
that teaching of Taijiquan was formalized and systematized. In that book he introduced new teaching methods which made it easier for students to
understand and master the principle and movements. In 1961, he published the book “Explanation of Taijiquan Movements” (Taijiquan Dongzuo Jieshuo
太极拳动作解说), the summary of knowledge gained from a lifetime spent teaching Taijiquan.
Yang Yuting won his great reputation not only in his excellent martial arts skills but also his modest, courteous, and sincere personalities. He never
belittled or underrated other people, and praised or bragged himself. When people challenged him, he just used his wonderful skills to unbalance and
control challengers but not hit people hard. He never hurt anyone but no one doubts his skill.
Yang Yuting was the vice-chairman of Beijing Martial Arts Association (北京市武术运动协会副主席), a
highly prestigious position within Beijing martial art community.
Yang Yuting had many disciples. Some of them are: Zhao Anxiang (赵安祥)、Wang Peisheng (王培生)、
Wu Lianzhen (吴连祯)、Chen Wenai (陈文艾)、Gong Shuqing (龚树庆)、Li Dexian (李德贤)、Shen Jiali (沈家
立)、Ma Hanqing (马汉清)、Feng Shiying (冯士英)、Dai Yusan (戴玉三)、Wang Guangyu (王光宇)、Li
Bingci (李秉慈)、Zhang Fuyou (张福有)、Xin Guohua (辛国华)、Zhou Zhongshu (周忠枢)、Li Jingwu (李经
梧)、Wang Huipu (王辉璞)、Sun Fengqiu (孙枫秋)、Zheng Shimin (郑时敏)、Li Zhilin (李植林)、Wang
Songnian (王松年)、Shi Lantian (石兰田)、Ma Yueqing (马月卿)、Zhao Renqing (赵任情)、Li Fushou (李福
寿)、Liu Qinzhai (刘馨斋)、Wang Shugong (王书功)、Zheng Zhitao (郑治涛)、Shao Sean (邵瑟安)、Liu
Jiren (刘吉仁)、Weng Fuqi (翁福麒), etc.
Yang Yuting passed away quietly on 11/15/1982 at 95 years of age. He had two sons - Yang Jiadong (杨
家栋) and Yang Jialiang (杨家梁), and his grandson is Yang Xinrong (杨鑫荣). He designated senior disciple
Wang Peisheng as his successor.
Yang Yuting (Ruilin)
Yang Yuting practices sword
Yang Yuting demonstrates Wu Style Taijiquan 83 posture form, which is reformed by him in 1930s
Yang Yuting practices Taiji Jian - straight double-edge sword Yang Yuting practices Taijiquan in his 80s, his wife on the side