the Lineage of
Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi


7th Generation Lineage Holder
of the Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi
Sifu Michael Paler


“This is the Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi lineage,
and I am honored to be a part of it.”

— Sifu Michael Paler



A teacher has many students, sometimes thousands, but there are always one or two that stand out from the rest. These are the ones to whom a teacher gives additional attention and specific challenges.

In a similar (but yet different) way, in a true Tai Chi “Lineage,” only a select few are honored with the special privilege of learning certain “family secrets” of that specific Tai Chi Family’s style and philosophy.

A lineage cannot be purchased. It is a Family Line choosing you to be a part of it, and then passing on hidden information in the following ways:
1) through direct transmission (touch)
2) through direct teaching
3) through private family books and writings

When you become part of a lineage, you go through a ceremony and take an oath, like you would in a marriage. Then everything in that lineage you now have access to — just as a son would with his father’s estate. I say all this so you will understand just what an honor it is to be chosen for this lineage as a 7th Generation Lineage Disciple. I am committed to transmitting to my students the qualities that have been transmitted through the entire lineage line: patience, gentleness, kindness, and compassion.

7 Generations of the Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi Masters

1st Generation
Yang Lu Chan, also known as Yang Fukui or Yang Fu-k’ui (1799 – 1872)
   Creator and Founder of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan
In his early years, he traveled from his birth place of Guangping to Chen Village to seek out his own teacher, Ch’en Chang-hsing, the 14th generation of the Chen Family. From this teacher he learned the Chen Village style of boxing.

Upon mastering this martial art, Yang Luchan was given permission by his teacher to go to Beijing and teach his own students. These students included Wu Yu-hsiang and his brothers, who were officials in the Imperial Qing dynasty bureaucracy. Yang was subsequently hired by the Imperial Family in 1850 to teach Taijiquan to them and several others from their elite Manchu Imperial Guards Brigade in Beijing’s Forbidden City.

2nd Generation
Yang Jian Hou (1839 – 1917)
    Son of Yang Lu Chan the Founder and father of Yang Cheng Fu
Known for his unique skill for issuing internal power, he practiced and taught “The Old Six Roads” Middle Frame Form, which was also recognized as “the secret transmission of Yang Jianhou.”

3rd Generation
Yang Cheng Fu (1883 – 1936)
   Son of Yang Jian Hou and Grandson of Yang Lu Chan
Famous for creating the Yang Family Long Form (“108 Form”), Yang Cheng Fu was one of the first teachers to offer Taiji to the general public.

4th Generation
Great Grand Master Wong Yongquan (1904 – 1987)
   Disciple of both Yang Jian Hou and Yang Cheng Fu
Known for his “soft” Taiji skills, the Great Grand Master issued a special power (“faijin”) so that, for example, should a student be about to fall during practice, he would catch their wrist, lest they be injured by the fall.

5th Generation
Grand Master Wei Shuren (1924 – 2013)
   Disciple of Wong Yongquan
His disciples respected the honorable Grand Master for qualities beyond his renowned knowledge and skills — especially for his sincerity and willingness to teach all that he knew, holding back nothing.

6th Generation
Master Wei Xilan
   Daughter and Disciple of Grand Master Wei Shuren
From her father, Grand Master We Shuren, she received the complete transmission passed down from Yang Lu Chan through all the previous generations. Possessing great skill, knowledge, and internal power, Master Wei Xilan freely shares with others as her father did before her. Her disciples love, respect, and honor her.

7th Generation
Sifu Michael Paler
   Disciple of Wei Xilan Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi
Since 1982, Sifu Michael Paler has studied the Chinese Martial Arts. He has studied Yang Tai Chi since 1992. Michael’s personal passion, including the passion he inherited from his Master and Grand Master, is to share and spread everywhere the unique art of Imperial Yang Family Tai Chi.

It's never too late to start learning this beautiful ancient Chinese art.