Tchoung was the master and founder
of the Chinese Tai Chi Association of Canada and the
Northwest Tai Chi Chuan Association. Master Tchoung's
view was that in order to truly understand Tai Chi Chuan
one must practice push hands and Sanshou understanding the usage of
all movement within the Tai Chi form. He also taught the use and
functions of Sword, Broadsword, Staff, and Knife.
In the late 1960's he
created the "Double Form Yang Tai Chi Chuan" a
symmetrical Yang Tai Chi form. Since the standard forms favor the
right side, Master Tchoung considered this too unbalanced in training the body
for health and self-defense skill.
(Tai Chi Chuan is the only art that primarily trains the right side).
Sifu also created a set he calls section 9 which combines elements of the Natural School, Tai Chi, Bagua and Hsin-I to help students develop fa-jin and application skills. Though skilled in Sword, Broadsword, and staff he created the Taiji Tuan Kun (Taiji Cane) from his study of Taoist Old Man's Beggar Staff and Green Pond Staff.
Tchoung has taught in Taiwan, South Africa, France, United States and Vancouver, Canada. Students completing his training were issued teaching certificates to verify their credentials to carry on his teachings and lineage.
He began his training in a style called ' Nature Boxing School' (Tzu-jan p'ai/Zirenmen), a style said to be created by a master nicknamed Dwarf Xu of Szu-ch'uan province who lived at the end of the Qing Dynasty. This style was standardized by Tu Hsin-wu/Du Xinwu of Hunan province. The Nature school is primarily practiced in Hunan and Fukien provinces. Du Xinwu's top student was Wan Laisheng, a friend of Tchoung. One of the principles of the Nature School is to make the hands as soft as cotton and the trunk as hard as iron. The Nature School emphasizes training in: jing, qi, and shen.
He studied intensively the Emei (Omei) Qi Gong method on Emei (Omei) Mountain with Abbot Hui Gong. Grandmaster Tchoung's teachers included Shi Dao Mei, a student of Tian Zhao-Lin who was a student of Yang Shao Hou, Yang Cheng Fu's older brother. This lineage he call the 'Old Method' which emphasized Taiji as a martial art. Upon befriending Master Zhen Manqing he studied push hands extensively with Master Cheng. In the late 1980's he studied Tai Chi broadsword techniques with the late Wu Tunan. He learned Hsin I Chuan from the great Yuan Tao and Wang Hsu Chin. He studied Bagua Zhang from Master Wang Hsu Chin.
His colleagues and practice partners included: Wang Hsu Chin, Kuo Lien Ying, Wang Yen Nien, T.T. Liang, Chang Qing Lin, Chen Pan Ling, William C.C. Chen, and many others. He took several trips back to China to seek out other Masters to learn from them. His last teacher and friend was Wu Tunan.
Master Tchoung encouraged his students to learn from many instructors to expand their knowledge and skills. In addition, one of his common answers to some questions was: "You yourself!" He encouraged us to study hard, train diligently, learn from many, and think for ourselves. Certified instructors in the U.S. are: Andrew Dale, Harvey Kurland, Donald Scott, Kerry Brooks, David Harris (deceased).
Grandmaster Tchoung's system includes:
Applications Demonstration at the
1996 Tai Chi Conference
In 1995 sifu published a book containing his teachings and Double Form Tai Chi Chuan.
This book is used as a guideline instructors teaching Master Tchoung method.