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Tang Hao

Tang Hao (唐豪, Táng Háo) or Tang Fan Sheng (1887–1959) was a Chinese lawyer, and expert on chinese martial arts.


Tang studied many martial arts from China and Japan, including T'ai chi ch'uan (with Chen Fake) and Xingyi quan, judo and kendo.

He was arrested in 1927, suspected to be linked to the Communist Party, but was later acquitted and released. He then went to Japan to study law and martial arts.

He published a dozen books on the history of Chinese martial arts. He was one of the first authors who tried to point out the deceptions, contradictions and errors of martial legends. In 1955 he was attached to the "Physical Education Committee" of the National Government to continue its research on the history of Chinese sports.

He criticized the lack of foundation in the myth which links the Shaolin quan to Bodhidharma (criticizing the authenticity of Li Jing), and the mythical connection of the Tai chi chuan with Zhang Sanfeng. His findings were taken at the same time by Xu Jedon, and still are validated by contemporary research.[1]



  • Brian Kennedy, Chinese martial arts training manuals : a historical survey, Berkeley Calif.: North Atlantic Books, 2005. (ISBN 978-1-58394-194-2)
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