Chronology of Yongquan name changes
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The Yongquan Martial Arts Association was founded in 1994 as the Middlesex University Tai Chi Chuan Association, as at that time all classes were held on Middlesex University campuses and the primary art studied was Tai Chi Chuan.
In 2000 the name was changed to the Yongquan Tai Chi Chuan Association, to acknowledge the growing student base outside Middlesex University, and since then has become the Yongquan Martial Arts Association, to reflect the martial nature of our Tai Chi Chuan practice and the other martial disciplines studied under the Yongquan Banner, including: Bak Hsing Choy Lee Fut, Chin Na and Chinese grappling and throwing techniques, some Northern Shaolin and weapons Forms and Hsing-I Chuan. The Yongquan Martial Arts Association now has a good proportion of Hsing-I practitioners and an exchange of arts and ideas has further enhanced the Yongquan repertoire.
The Chinese word Yongquan is the name of the root of the kidney meridian in the sole of the foot. It translates as 'the bubbling spring' and is appropriate because it represents the root of the body's energy and also its source.
From tiny springs great rivers develop and we hope that, over the course of time, the Yongquan Martial Arts Association will grow into a great river of knowledge, skill and expertise in the Chinese martial arts.