The story is told that Chang San-feng as a young man studied Tao Yin
( Taoist Yoga) Meditation and breathing exercises from his
Taoist teachers, and also studied martial arts at the Buddhist Shaolin monastery
It is said that he eventually combined the martial forms and breathing exercises to formulate the soft, or internal, principles we associate with Tai Chi Chuan and other related martial arts.
Its' subsequent fame attributed to his
teachings, the Wu Tang monastery
was known thereafter as an important martial arts center for many centuries - its' many styles of internal kung fu preserved and refined at various other Taoist temples across China.