Ignatius Teo wrote:
Not according to Chen Xiao Wang and other people from Chen Village. It's arguable whether some of the qi and jin training come from Taoist or Buddhist sources, but the "Taiji is Taoist" stuff doesn't withstand scrutiny. To make it short, the Yang-style (started by Yang Lu Chan who was basically an indentured servant to Chen Hu De in Chen Village) was sold to the public as a style different from Chen-style Taiji and supposedly (according to the Yang press) Taiji came via Zhang San Feng and Taoism. Unfortunately, historical records don't even come close to supporting that story and lately the Yang family has come out and publicly admitted that the Yang style is directly derived from the Chen style. It turns out that Yang Lu Chan was given permission to teach Taiji when he was set free, but he was not allowed to teach the full art. Bye-bye Taoism, I guess. It made for a good read.
What's so funny is that even with that information now available, most of the wannabelieve people continue on with the Taoist stuff because they simply refuse to believe what they don't want to believe. Sort of like the people who are determined that Aikido is not a martial art but a way of promoting universal love, etc.... the idea and feelings are more important than any facts.