Origin of Zuo Style Tai Chi
Much mystery has surrounded the origin of the Zuo style of Tai Chi that was treasured by Professor Cheng Man Ching but little shared with his disciples. Master Wu Kuo Chung was passed down some of the secrets of this art by Professor Cheng in the final months of his life. His premature death, totally unexpected at the time, meant that he was probably unable to impart all his knowledge of the Zuo style. This meant that the existence of Zuo Tai Chi was emphatically denied by Professor Cheng’s other students. However, Master Wu continued to affirm that it did exist and in his early writings mentioned its place of origin in China as recounted to him by Professor Cheng. The story goes that a famous martial artist called Zuo Lai Peng learnt the art from an unknown Taoist priest in Shanxi Province, China. It was here that the root of the Zuo style of Tai Chi was founded, in a place called San Qing Guan (三清觀) beyond the East Gate near the township of Taiyuan. It was here that Professor Cheng’s teacher, Zhang Qin Lin, studied with Zuo Lai Peng after returning from Beijing. Surely then the discovery of San Qing Guan could prove the existence of Zuo Tai Chi.