"When I was training in the park under Master Wang Xiang Zhai," Professor Yu later recalled, "he would tell me to 'pull the tree' towards me and then push it back. This was from a distance and I couldn't imagine how I could possibly do that! I tried every day. Only after long practice did I begin to feel the connection with the tree. Then I began to understand his words."
After the Cultural Revolution, Professor Yu published the first of four books on the Zhan Zhuang system. The first edition of Zhan Zhuang for Health ( Educational Publishers, Beijing) was published in February 1982 with a print run of 20,000 copies. By April, a second edition of 120,000 copies was issued. By 1987, a further 294,500 copies had been printed.
A limited edition of his second book on the application of Zhan Zhuang for health was published in Beijing in 1989 and in the same year a further book on the system was issued by Cosmos Books in Hong Kong.
Professor Yu, now the world's leading authority on Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung, is a member of China's National Chi Kung Research Council. He is also consultant to the American-Chinese Chi Kung Research Group and consultant to the Da Cheng Chuan Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung Research Groups (Europe).
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