Yang Xishou, professor of Shandong University, was born in 1939. He is a martial art enthusiast. During his teenage years, he studied Tongbei. When he attended Shandong University, he was a member of the Shandong University Wushu Team.
He became a disciple of Grandmaster Hong Junsheng in January of 1981. During the dozen years he was with Hong, he received care, instruction and motivation from Hong. Grandmaster Hong personally copied his work “Taijiquan Annotations” for him. He also learned a great deal from a copy of taijiquan magazine that Hong made notes of.
When he was learning in the Black Tiger Springs Park, it was senior brother Li Zongqing who taught the form. During this time, Master Hong took time every day to correction his forms and gave him demonstrations. There was a time that Hong would bring to the park pages from his memoir to show him and he would return the pages after reading. In addition to taijiquan, he also learned about literature, calligraphy and opera in Hong’s home.
He started teaching Hong’s taijiquan in the 1990s and established Shandong University Taijiquan Association. He is currently the president , advisor and coach of this association. During these years, there were an average of 50 students each year. He also taught students from USA, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Russia and Laos.