Professor Yu Yongnian was one of the earliest students of Grand Master Wang Xiangzhai.
After many years of study and practice under Master Wang, Professor Yu began introducing Zhan Zhuang for the treatment of chronic diseases at his hospital in Beijing. His initial success was such that a major medical conference was held at the Beijing Shoudong San Hospital three years later, in 1956, to introduce the zhan zhuang system to hospitals throughout China.
After the Cultural Revolution, Professor Yu published ground-breaking books on the Zhan Zhuang system. The first edition of Zhan Zhuang for Health came out in February 1982.
For over 70 decades, Professor Yu devoted himself to practicing and teaching this art. He was completely loyal to the tradition established by Grand Master Wang Xiangzhai. Professor Yu became the world’s leading authority on Zhan Zhuang, and was internationally appreciated. He travelled in Asia and Europe, teaching this art and guiding zhan zhuang practitioners from many countries.