The Primary Intention Of Creating Yang Tsin Chuan
The most common question asked by journalists is: ‘What was the primary intention to create Yang Tsin Chuan?’
Dr. Lees answer is that the initial thought came from childhood when he wanted to save time and effort. Chinese Traditional Martial Arts has endless different martial arts styles and schools. More types of martial arts appeared and many schools were opened. Therefore it became impossible to master them all. Dr. Lee started with his late father who practised with him ‘Southern Fists’, after that he learned at Shanghai Hong Kou Park Shaolin Martial Arts from Master Zhang Si Fa (‘Tai Tui’ to ‘Long Fist’ are some of the many different forms).
After that, Dr. Lee learned from Master Lü Gi Tang Tai Chi School (from ‘Cheng Style’ to ‘Yang Style’, many different styles and forms). He also learned from Master Zhou Shu Xian (who learned from famous Master Jiang Yong Qiao) Bagua.
Then Dr. Lee learned from Master Ling Han Xin the Xin Yi Liu He Chuan . So many styles to practise every day was too hard, and therefore at the time, Master Zhang (who simplified Liu De Sheng short fist) inspired Dr Lee to combine all the different school’s techniques into forms that will cost less time and effort, without losing their essence. Due to this, daily practice became possible. Dr. Lee continued to learn and practise more and more techniques and forms as well as studying and researching. He then named this creation ‘Yang Tsin Chuan.’ Fortunately this time was during the time of Great Cultural Revolution. Because there was stagnation everywhere, and everything was ruined, a lot of time was available to study daily. From then on, year after year, this became Dr. Lee’s lifelong career.
Dr L.Lee, Auckland, New Zealand, 2002
Dr L.Lee, The Yellow Mountain, An Hui Province, China
Dr L.Lee, Shanghai, China, 1979
Yang Tsin Su is the “Art of Maintaining Good Health”. It was founded and further developed by Dr Lonnian Lee in the 1960’s & 1970’s in Shanghai, China (during the creation time Dr. Lonnian Lee was guided and instructed by his late father Lee Gang Chongwi, known as Master of Fushong Lu, originated from Ping Yang, Wen Zhow, 1907-1985. Refer to the book “Poetry of Yang Tsin Tzai, first Edition 2007, published by Lee Chongwi Press ISBN: 978-0-473-12887-6; a collection of poetry written by Lee Gang Chongwi and Dr. Lonnian Lee).
Mr Li (Lee)Gang (Father of DrL.Lee) Hong Cou Park, Shanghai, China, 1985
Yang Tsin Su as the art of ‘Self-Cultivation’ encompasses three aspects of the whole person, which consists of the body, the mind (spirit) and the energy. These aspects are maintained through various methods within the Yang Tsin Su methodology, including the study of: Yang Tsin Su philosophy (development of wisdom), Yang Tsin Su demeanour (manners and image), Yang Tsin Su morale (spirit of martial arts), Yang Tsin Su lifestyle (self-maintenance of health and clean living), and the Yang Tsin Su physical training (including meditation, fitness exercises and martial arts). In general terms, Yang Tsin Su is ‘The Art of Health’.
According to the Synergetic Medicine theory, health is comprised of three elements. Good health is the balance of body, mind (spirit) and energy. Without these elements being in balance, it is very difficult to have true health (for more information regarding this, please refer to the text Unification of Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (English Edition only) by Dr Lonnian Lee).
Many religions believe in Reincarnation and life after the current life, which stimulates people to focus more on the next life, rather than their current life. This can result in not caring enough about this life.The Yang Tsin Su doctrine encourages students to focus on their current life. To truly live in this world is to live more than a basic existence. It is to live better than that, as ‘well’ and ‘good’ as possible.
Focus on the current life; deeply love this life and at the same time prepare for the future life; not only focusing on the next life and not caring for this life, because our next life is directly affected by what we do in our current life. Only a person who maintains good health, has a full filled mind and wisdom, and eradicates all regret in this life, has the possibility to have a beautiful future life. This is known as the Causation Relationship Position (the relationship between this life and the next life). It is erroneous to believe a soul can have their next incarnation as a beautiful life after they have had a life of nonsense, shamelessness, and high amount of negative behaviours.
Yang Tsin Su students are elite of society in various areas. This is because through the Yang Tsin Su modality, they have a philosophy of life which is the closest to the true nature of the science of life and with this wisdom they can produce the results of elite people. When they are dealing with things, no matter what size the issue is, they do so with clarity, care and accuracy. They want the best of the best. They move through the world with extremely high standards and strict demands of themselves (not of others). They have high class moral stand refined lifestyles and exhibit the examples that most people are really looking to obtain. Yang Tsin Su students always keep a relaxed and happy mood, keep their environment healthy, clean and tidy. They are clear minded and maintain a healthy/strong body shape, a beautiful, athletic appearance, have a good demeanour and are referred to as highly moral and honourable people by others. They can lead a happy life as a result.
If a person has a lot of money and power, they can force other people to obey them however very rarely do they truly receive respect. Only someone who has high virtues, can get respect from other people. People have a natural tendency to respect a person whom has high morals. Happiness and good fortune is a necessary condition for good health and good mind. A person who has good fortune has a happy life. It’s a life that is happily satisfied and has no regret. Material enjoyment does not necessarily create a good fortunate or a lasting happy life. Money cannot buy happiness and good fortune. Many rich men and women complain they are unhappy and feel their lives are unfair and unjust; they experience excessive stress and bitterness, harbour past and current hurts. In fact, some people stress to death. A person, who wishes to continue their happiness and good fortune, is aware of their good fortune and they appreciate it.
In regards to the Yang Tsin Su doctrine and how to achieve happiness, good health, good fortune and maintain it, there are “5 Should’s and 5 Should Nots”.
The 5 Should’s:
- To deeply love life. This is most important because it promotes a person to find a better life during hard times. Be happy and feel relaxed.
- Be open minded and tolerant, help other people achieve happiness.
- Feel grateful and feel satisfied.
- Develop Wisdom of a mature soul, regardless of age in years.
- Be a generous /open/ uninhibited character.
The 5 Should Not’s
- 1. Not to indulge in self-abuse by having bad habits, such as: being an alcoholic, smoking, taking or dealing in drugs, gambling and having unrestrained sexual relationships and easily giving up.
- 2. Not to complain about unfairness to God / Heaven or others. Not to feel and behave as if angry with the world or blame others for personal injustice.
- 3. Not hate the world and become sick of people.
- 4. Not be greedy and ungrateful, or over demanding.
- 5. No to have a superior attitude – what I have I should have anyway.
Helping other people creates happiness and this happiness is unlimited. Of course this does not mean you can be used by others or others can take advantage of you as their fool. A person who is always doing good things is filled with happiness and that is the reward in life; you cannot buy this with thousands of dollars.
It is important to appreciate good fortune by not wasting and ruining it (for example: wasting resources). On life’s journey, along the road, it is unwise for people to randomly pick up rocks and spontaneously put them in their backpack. These people create more trouble for themselves and eventually it is inevitable that they cannot take more weight. Don’t, because of small things, argue or fight the details. To be happy, people should have a style or demeanour that means they do not quarrel. One step forward is destroyable to both involved, one step backwards giving the space to see a vast ocean, big space and high sky. A wise person will make the right decision and either take a step backwards or forwards.
Life should have style and a good demeanour which is only strict or uninhibited in the sense where a person doesn’t let small things weigh them down; it is harmful and blocks the “Gentleman’s” unrestrained normal mood, tolerance and openness. “With heroism, all the way, happiness” (From the Yang Tsin Su Song- English version). The whole body is filled with unrestrained mood on the life journey.
Yang Tsin Su students keep this kind of mood and moral character, uninhibited & unconstrained. They have poise, style, endurance and both high morals and spirit to learn the virtues of the water lily where it grows out of the dirt, without contamination. To be unaffected by the outside environment and its factors is part of the Yang Tsin Su Training.
To be a highly moral person, 20 basic virtues are not enough. There is a high significance in the accuracy and balance of these 20 Virtues (refer to: ‘The Book of Twenty Words’ by Dr Lonnian Lee). Excluding the Forward and Afterword, the book’s main dialogue is only 20 words. This book is one of the oddest published books due to such a small amount of words.
The training of Yang Tsin Su not only makes the body light and athletic, it also promotes the mind to have more clarity and be more relaxed. It also retains energy inside the blood, maintains smoother circulation of blood and energy. To keep the body light and healthy regular exercises are essential, like the old saying “the hinges of the door will not be affected by termites or other insects”. With other words, “running water will not be foul.
Cultivation of the mind, and positive characteristics, are necessary for good health. If a person has a bad mood, an unhealthy spirit, the mind is not clear and not relaxed then it is confused. As a result, the circulation in the body (meaning energy and blood) are not smooth; this will cause illness. This is discussed in the Chinese Medicine textbook; ‘The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Of Medicine’. Having strong ‘Vital Energy’ inside the body means no disease can come in and attack. If we are to have real health of the body, mind (spirit) and energy, we cannot neglect any of these three aspects.
Throughout history, Martial Arts were used for battles in the war. Nowadays it is accepted for self-defence. People use it for strength and maintenance of physical health.
Yang Tsin Su includes Soft, Hard, and Erratic styles (erratic means hard and soft balance depending on the situation and the combination of both). These 3 styles of the Fist-arts also include weapons and meditation (for smoothing 14 principal meridians) and are all exercises especially for health.
Woo Tsin Chuan Soft Style exercises (especially for increasing energy)is the treatment for a weak body, for the recovery from chronic diseases, for rehabilitation and elderly people can use it for longevity, body strength, and better health. It is also good as exercise for everybody and is the foundation in the other styles of Yang Tsin Su.
Tsun Tsin Chuan Hard Style exercises (especially for improving fitness and strength) are more suitable for young people who are more active and are generally more temperamental and therefore this style can be useful for balancing the temperament. It is for people of all ages.
Shin Tsin Chuan Erratic Style exercises (especially for flexibility, lightness and nimbleness) is a mixture of slow/soft and fast/hard movements. This form is useful for developing explosive power, flexibility, cardio fitness and helps create a toned and agile body. This style is suitable for all ages as it is more enhanced and unrestrained.
Instructor Lamont Lee, movement 47 soft style, Gold Coast, Australia, 2011
Dr L.Lee movement 25, Soft Style, Auckland, New Zealand, 2006
Yang Tsin Su can be done anytime, anywhere, and the choice of which set to practise at any given time can also depend on the body condition the Yang Tsin Su student wishes to work on. In comparison to other disciplines Yang Tsin Su exercises are open for all ages and all body conditions to choose to practise (for example: if a young person is practising Shaolin, in the middle stage of life he/she would have to practise Ba Gua Zhang and in the later stage of her life, Tai Chi Quan). With Yang Tsin Su this change would not be nessessary.
Three styles of exercises are combined in one. It is better for a person to do the same exercises for their whole life than if they change exercises frequently. This is because practising the same set of exercises regularly will make the person better at them. It also saves time and trouble learning different exercises as when people being a new exercise it takes time to learn it properly before it may have the desired effect. An example of this is a young soccer player who has champion status would find it very difficult to keep this status for his whole life. Maybe once he is retired, he may have to play bowls or golf, as his body cannot cope with the intensity of soccer anymore. Yang Tsin Su does not create these types of troubles. Because Yang Tsin Su is so varied, it is easy to continue finding it interesting throughout one’s entire life.
Each style/set has 100 actions or moves. The names and order of the moves are the same for each set (Refer to ‘The Yang Tsin Su Handbook – Volume 1’by Dr L. Lee for full list of names). Weapons exercises such as Sword and Staff are also the same.
In YTS there are three sets of Yang Tsin Chaun- wu tsin chuan, shin tsin chuan, chen tsin chuan. Each style/set (of 100 moves) can be performed in Soft, Hard or Erratic style. (For example – Soft style can be done erratically). This makes 900 actions and styles. Each set has high, middle and low stances, so this sub totals 2,700 actions, styles and stances plus 100 warm up exercises, bringing the sub total to 2,800 actions, styles and stances. Furthermore: Knife, Spear, Staff, Sword and Meditation. There are many actions and styles to choose to practise, therefore the athlete will not find it to be simple and become bored.
Although YTS was created and developed in the 1960’s and 70’s, the earliest time teaching international students was in the 70’s and 80’s, in Shanghai. At the time, students came from England, America, Germany, and France to learn the different styles. At the end of the 80’s, Dr Lee began teaching in Auckland- New Zealand where he was directly teaching overseas students. In 2010, the Yang Tsin Su Headquarters moved to the Gold Coast, Australia. There are also branches in New Zealand and Germany.
Dr L.Lee movement 47 hard style & Mr Lin Cheng Guo, movement 23 hard style, Hong Kua Park, Shanghai, China, 1978.
Dr L.Lee movement 48 hard style & Zhang Guang Xia, movement 11 hard style, Hong Kua Park, Shanghai, China, 1978.
The reason Yang Tsin Su is welcomed by people from different countries is because it is not limited by age, body condition, religion, belief, cultural background, education levels, the law and legal system of a country, politics and political belief, economic conditions, or geographical conditions.These factors do not limit Yang Tsin Su. It is easy to practise. Every section can be practised by performing individual movements. Repetitive move training is the foundation training that all students perform in order to learn the entire set. Therefore a student does not have to do the whole set or form in order to practise. Single movement practise is like xingyi and xingyichenquan.
Everyone can do Yang Tsin Su to maintain their health, beauty, body shape and to smoothly relax their mind.
THE SONG OF YANG TSIN SU By Dr. L.Lee
- Lift foot, can make the Great Wall fly;
- Strike fist, can flatten tall mountains.
- Evil expelled, devil eliminated, force remains;
- Human justice and righteousness are carried on two shoulders.
- The great energy of Woo Tsin penetrates the clouds;
- The action of Shin Tsin swaps sky and earth unnoticeably;
- The shocking lightening force of Tsun Tsin splits demon;
- The mediation of Yang Tsin brings me back to peace.
- Yang Tsin Su soothes mood, mood is soothed and relaxed;
- Yang Tsin Su strengthens body, body is not weak.
- With Yang Tsin Su I am ready for hardship;
- Laugh at and ridicule the many troubles of the world.
- Punching fists, dancing swords, a romantic plethora;
- Clear mind and healthy body, are above the rest.
- With both loyalty and integrity, the two headed loung*;
- With heroism, all the way, happiness.
*’The Two Headed Loung’ is the logo of Yang Tsin Su. It was designed by Iris Lee, wife of Dr.L.Lee, now head of the Yang Tsin Su movement World Wide. It is the embodiment of ‘Tsin’ and further represents the Divine power of health, strength, wisdom, courage, luck, honour, righteousness and authority. It manifests the spirit of Yang Tsin Su Martial Arts. ‘Loung’, in China (and other Oriental countries), is a divine being which corresponds to luck, power and authority, flying in the sky and diving in the ocean, controls fire and dominates water. Usually translated as: ‘Dragon or Chinese Dragon’, actually ‘Loung’ and ‘Dragon’ are essentially different.