Ian SinclairIn 1979, Ian Sinclair began his training in Taijiquan (Tai Chi), Qigong, and Chinese martial arts. His devotion to these arts has increased over the years, motivated by great teachers and the benefits that these arts offer the people who learn them.
Ian owes the bulk of his understanding to the generous instruction he has received from the world famous Grandmaster, Shouyu Liang. He is also very grateful to years of masterful instruction from Sam Masich, one of North America’s most well known and respected teachers.
Ian Sinclair and Liang Shouyu
Ian Sinclair and Sam Masich
Ian Sinclair and Yang Jwingming
Ian Sinclair and Sun Yongtian
Ian Sinclair and Wu Wenhan
Chen Zhanglei with Kara & Ian Sinclair
Several of Ian’s students have proven themselves as successful competitors and teachers.
OBB World Championships
USA All-Taijiquan Championships
OBB World Championships
ABOVE: Ian Sinclair attempts to test the theory that all you have to do in order of fly is throw yourself at the ground and miss.
Ian Sinclair's Teachers
Liang Shouyu 梁守渝
Sam Masich 馬希奇
Raymond Chung (Chung Yanman)
Tchoung Ta Chen (Zhong Dazhen) 鍾大振
Paul E. McCaughey
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To say that Shouyu Liang is highly respected internationally is putting it mildly. Selected by the China Wushu Magazine in the “Biography of Today’s Extraordinary Martial Artists”, he has been awarded the “World’s Top 100 Outstanding Martial Art Professional Award”, “World’s Greatest Contribution Award”, and “World’s Outstanding Accomplishment Award”. He is included in the “Current List of Famous Martial Artists” and in the Chinese “Who’s who in the world.” He is frequently featured on international television networks including Chinese (CCTV), CNN, Discovery Channel and many Canadian, Mexican, Greek, British and European networks. His picture has been on the covers of Chinese, American, and Canadian newspapers and magazines. In 2002, Liang was bestowed the title of Life Time Honorary Chairman and ranked a 10th degree by the Confederation of Canadian Wushu Organizations – the highest level of Wushu achievement by that organization.
FINDING MY TEACHER
When I decided that I wanted to pursue a full-time career as a teacher of taijiquan (Tai Chi), qigong, and wushu (martial arts), I had been a student of taijiquan for nearly ten years. I knew there was something missing from my training, and I was not yet prepared to accept that the missing ingredient was discipline and hard work.
Instead I went on a quest for the best teacher I could find. I expected this quest to take me to China. I was surprised that it only took me to the other side of my own country, a mere 3800 kilometres away. I found my way to Grand Master Liang by asking every teacher I spoke to who they would study with if they had the choice. After a while, I found that all roads led me to Vancouver.
I even made some rather entertaining calls to China – a bit of an adventure considering my non-existent understanding of the Chinese language. In one of those phone calls, (I believe it was to the physical cultural institute at Beijing University) a very nice man whose name I couldn’t remember or pronounce said, “You Cha na da ren? You have neighbour, very famous. Very good teacher. Many champion.” Then he said several things that sounded like Chinese but may have been an address, phone number, or something about the University of British Columbia.
I had already heard of Master Liang. But I had not been able to find him. In 1988, Master Liang didn’t advertise much except by word of mouth. I did, however, find some numbers for people who had been taught or coached by him. So I tried calling Sam Masich, and Andrea Falk. Andrea Falk had just moved back to China or Montreal, and Sam Masich was apparently notorious for not returning phone calls. (Sam is much better about that nowadays. Now that notorious reputation seems to be mine.)
So, I did the only reasonable thing. I got on a train, crossed the country in the middle of winter, checked into the Vancouver YMCA, and got a job at a Circle K.
By the time summer arrived I had discovered that Vancouver was a relative hotbed of Chinese martial arts. There were at least five excellent taijiquan teachers that I was able to visit and train with. But by the end of the year I was training with Sam Masich and Master Liang, and trying to make ends meet by working several minimum wage jobs.
It took me a long time to realise the importance of practice and listening. But after 14 years with one of the best coaches the world has ever seen, it seems even a lazy, stubborn, student like myself can learn something.
- Ian Sinclair
About Liang Shouyu
Liang’s training began in 1948 when he was a young child, and learned traditional Emei kungfu and Qigong from his grandfather, Liang Zhixiang. He is now the lineage holder for Emei Snake style, which Liang Zhixiang learned from the monk, Xu Kun. Liang Shouyu was also encouraged to learn other styles including Shaolin and Wudang. In the 1960’s he began learning Yang, Chen, Sun, and Wu style Tajiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) from such famous masters as Gu Luxin, Chen Zhaokui, Chen Zhaopei, Li Yaxuan, and others. He learned Esoteric Buddhist Qigong from Lamas in Sichuan and from Emei masters. He was also introduced to Daoist monks and hermits who taught him Daoist Qigong. His talent and enthusiasm for martial arts was recognised by many high level masters who helped him gain a depth and breadth of understanding that is very rare indeed.
In recent years, Liang has admitted to being a bit of a scrapper in his youth, eager to test himself with other fighters and not always backing down from challenges. But he was discreet and polite enough about it that his teachers were able to keep a good opinion of him.
Since 1960, Liang was undefeated in all the sanshou and tuishou competitions he participated in. He also won gold medals in suaijiao (Chinese wrestling), weight lifting and gymnastics. For some time Liang dominated Wushu and Taiji competitions held in Sichuan province and represented the province well at national and international competitions, winning many gold medals. In the early sixties his skill and personal character brought him to the attention of many important people and he began to gain a reputation as a coach and judge at provincial, national, and international competitions.
In 1984, Liang immigrated to Canada, where he began teaching at senior’s centres and recreation centres. He soon became head coach of the first Canadian National Wushu Team – a team which astonished the wushu community and Chinese media by finishing third in 1985 and second only to China in 1986.
The Shouyu Liang Wushu, Taiji and Qigong Institute was established in Vancouver in 1987, and the International Wushu Sanshou Dao Association (IWSD) was created the following year with Liang as Chairperson, a post he holds to this day. Currently the IWSD has is in more than 20 countries around the world.
When Liang led the North American Marital Arts Exhibition Team to China in 1994 they performed in ten major cities in China and competed in an international Competition in Shanghai. The competition was represented by 32 nations. Grandmaster Liang’s team won 42 out of the 56 gold medals awarded, garnering great attention from the Chinese media.
Since 1985, most of the top ranked competitors in the Canadian and U.S. National and International Competitions are or have been students of Grandmaster Liang. Many of Grandmaster Liang’s students in China, the United States, and Canada have become distinguished instructors and coaches themselves.
Liang has written and produced several instructional books and videos, with translations into French, Polish, Greek, Chinese, and Russian.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION (from shouyuliang.com)
◦ 1942 Born Liang Shouyu 梁守渝 in the city of Chong Qing, Sichuan Province, China.
◦ 1948 Began his training in qigong and traditional wushu, shuai Jiao, qinna, etc. His early training emphasised esoteric Daperng Qigong and Emei Snake Style Wushu (his family style) under the tutelage of his grandfather, Liang Zhixiang. The younger Liang trained with his grandfather an average of 6 hours per day, every day until he went to University.
◦ 1960 Began majoring in biology at Southwestern University. Appointed Wushu coach of the university. Competed in Wushu, Taiji, Shuai Jiao, and other competitions.
◦ 1964 Received a degree in biology and physiology. Because of his bourgeois family background, the communist government sent him to a remote poverty stricken village to teach high school students. He began to train the farmers wushu, taijiquan, shuaijiao, sanshou, etc.
◦ 1966-1974 The Cultural Revolution was a time of great suffering and anarchy in China. It began when criticism of intellectualism by leader Mao Zedong and Jiang Qing spurred a national movement. Students were organised as “Red Guards” to spread extreme socialist ideology. This led to irrational and often violent attacks on teachers, monks, nuns, martial artists, intellectuals, and people with any background in business. When Master Liang was attacked by a faction of the Red Guard he used his martial abilities to escape and spent the rest of the cultural revolution hiding, travelling around China, visiting teachers and friends, and furthering his training in wushu, qigong, and different kinds of taijiquan.
◦ 1974 With the help of glowing referenced from people who new his talents, selflessness, and personality, Master Liang was appointed as an official professional wushu coach by the Chinese Government.
◦ 1975-1978 Served as a judge for provincial and national wushu competitions.
◦ 1978 Voted one of the best coaches in Sichuan province and received several appointments including committee member in the Sichuan chapter of the Chinese National WuShu Association and Coaches Committee.
◦ 1979 Voted one of the top professional coaches in China.
◦ 1981 Taught Wushu at the student association at the University of Washington.
◦ 1982 Taught Qigong and Tai Chi at the Villa Cathy Care Home in Vancouver, B.C.
◦ 1983 – 1996 Appointed Chairperson of Wushu, Tai Chi, Qigong Instruction by the Physical Education Department of the University of British Columbia
◦ 1985 Elected coach of the first Canadian National Wushu Team.
◦ 1986 Elected as Coach the Second Canadian National Wushu Team.
◦ 1987 The Shouyu Liang Wushu, Taiji and Qigong Institute was established in Vancouver
◦ 1988 International Wushu Sanshou Dao Association (IWSD) created. 散手道中文网站
◦ 1994 Led the North American Martial Arts Exhibition Team for friendship performance tour to ten major cities in China.
◦ 1995 Named as instructor of the year by the Inside Kung Fu Magazine.
◦ 1996 Listed as one of the best masters of the 20th century in the book “China’s Exceptional Contemporary Wushu Masters”
◦ 2002 10th Degree Instructor Certification – Confederation of Canadian Wushu Organizations◦ 2002 Elected Chairman of the National Grading Committee – Confederation of Canadian Wushu Organizations
◦ 2003 – 2004 Filmed and instructional Tai Chi series titled “Tai Chi with Grandmaster Liang” together with his daughter, Helen Liang for M Channel (Multivision Television) in Canada
◦ 2007 With Helen Liang, published 5 instructional DVDs on Xing Yi 5 Elements & 12 Animals Sword and Spear and Bagua Deer Horn Knives.
Apologies and gratitude
Obiwan and Darth - Sam Masich and Ian Sinclair
“I did not move to Vancouver to train with Sam Masich. But he soon became one of the most important teachers I have ever had.
I can certainly say that my training would not be complete without all the things that he has taught me."
"It could be argued that Sam, as he is called by his students, has done as much for the development of tai chi in North America as anyone. And while many of his students still call him by his first name, it is probably approaching the point when he should be called Master Masich, Grandmaster Sam, or at least Sam Laoshi. Perhaps one of the reasons that Sam does not insist on the formalities that are normally applied in the presence of a teacher of his status is the very fact that he is not normal for a teacher of his status. A quick look at his website: www.sammasich.com will show you that he is not your ordinary corner store kung fu master. He is, in fact, quite a renaissance man. With the many hats he wears comes a complicated social standing that seems to forbid any normal categorization.
‘Maxiqi’ 馬希奇 is the Chinese name used by Sam Masich. The name was conferred on Sam during the 1985 World Wushu Invitationals in Xi’an, China, when Sam was a member of the Canadian National Wushu Team. ‘Maxiqi’ (pronounced Ma-h’shee-chee) is ‘Masich’ Sinofied, and literally translates to ‘Strange Horse’ (‘Ma’ means ‘horse’ and ‘Xiqi’ means rare or eccentric).
Sam is clearly not constrained by convention. And he will cross any boundaries to improve his understanding of the internal arts. He is also willing to push a student’s limits to teach what they need to learn.
This sort of approach is essential for students who want to reach the highest level of skill possible.
Some things I have learned from Sam and other great teachers:
- Transformation is like death.
- Victory can be more traumatic that defeat.
- A good teacher, like a good friend or good parent, will not always be easy on you.
- A student may beg to learn something, and then resist the lesson with every fibre of his/her soul.
Teaching an art, with the level and depth of understanding that great teachers possess, can be quite challenging. It requires creativity, iconoclasm, and an understanding of the Dao. Zhuangzi will go where Confucius fears to tread.
I began training with Sam in 1989 when I moved to Vancouver. I had 10 years experience already. His small studio on 4th Avenue was initially to be a mere step along the way. As it happened, I ended up spending about half of my training time at Sam’s studio for the next few years. In fact, I spent so much time there that I think he eventually closed the studio just until I left town.
The depth of Sam’s knowledge is almost as astonishing as the speed with which it increases. He is a voracious student of many arts. He is also a fanatical practitioner – the sort of student who will practice “brush knee push” from dawn till dusk.
He will also spend the same energy and effort on a student who is willing and able to keep up with him. He has shown infinite patience with some students and remarkable tolerance with others.
It came as a bit of a shock to me when I realised that Sam and I are not only close to the same age, but also have about the same length of time in the art. It seems that the longer I train, the farther ahead of me he gets.
It is like I’m paddling a canoe and he is in a speedboat radioing directions to me about the water ahead. I stop to take notes and get farther behind.
What I have learned from Sam Masich is only a small amount of what he has taught me. But he has also been a kind mentor and a generous friend. There are no words for what I owe him.
Thanks again, Sam – and I’m sorry for the inconvenience.”
- Ian Sinclair
Following is some biographical information taken from www.sammasich.com
Sam Masich is one of the most accomplished Chinese internal martial artists in the world today of his generation. With more than 25 years as a student of the great masters of the World (including Liang Shouyu, Dr. Yang Jwing Ming, Jou Tsung Hwa, Yang Zhenduo and Chen Xiaowang.) He has taught around the world and is the subject of two internationally airing documentaries. Sam has made some 20 films on Tai Chi and Neijia related subjects.
StudentSam Masich began his martial arts studies at age 18 with Yang Style Taijiquan and Judo. He has also studied to varying extents, Chen, Fu, Wu and Sun styles of Taijiquan, as well as Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, Luihebafa, Shuaijou, Shaolinquan, Modern Wushu, Kendo and Western Fencing. Yang Style Taijiquan has commanded his greatest interest over the years and Masich is one of few Tai Chi practitioners today that trains and teaches the entire traditional syllabus including bare hand and weapons sparring. He is possibly best known for his approach to classical and freestyle Push Hands.
Masich has distinguished himself in competition as a quadruple and septuple gold medallist in national competitions and was a member of the Canadian National Chinese Martial Arts Team competing in China at The World Wushu Invitationals in 1985. In 1994, although formally retired from competition, he was awarded seven gold medals for performances in the Shanghai Oberon Cup, an event involving athletes from more than twenty countries. Since 1989 Masich has refereed and judged in national tournaments and has held a steady position as Chief Referee for Push Hands in the U.S. All Taijiquan Championships.
A passionate and gifted teacher, Sam never fails to inspire students along their path. His work as a full time instructor has taken him to over 100 cities in Canada, the United States, Mexico and throughout Europe. Sam continually finds new ways to integrate traditional principle with classical and contemporary form, always striving to find further application for the work in areas beyond the immediate art. Masich is the creator of the 5 Section Taijiquan Program, a recreational and preliminary training program which includes simplified Tai Chi bare hand and weapons solo and sparring routines. Students from around the world have travelled to his annual Push Hands Training Camps held in Vancouver, Canada. Many of Sam’s students have become top level instructors.
Martial Arts ConsultantSam has served as a martial arts action consultant, trainer and choreographer on various TV programs and stage productions, and is himself the subject of two documentaries on Taijiquan and the internal arts. For several years he was the combat instructor for the National Voice Intensive at Simon Fraser University, a program for actors focusing heavily on Shakespearan themes. He instructs actors via two programs; ‘Love and Hate, Sex and Violence’ which explores scenes demanding explosive and passionate chemistry between performers, and ‘Grace on Rage on Stage’, a contemporary stage combat program, which focuses on various elements of performed violence.
Sam began his martial arts career at the beginning of the video era and is one of the most recorded internal martial artists of all time.
He has been filmed in countless demonstrations, competitions and classes and was the first instructor to publish a video instructional manual on the subject of Push Hands. Through Little Productions, he has produced over 20 instructional films on subjects such as Taijiquan, Push Hands, Qigong and Xingyiquan and has several major instructional video works in development. Sam is currently working on a feature length documentary entitled ‘Tai Chi People’.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY!
“The Canadian Taijiquan Federation has hosted Sam Masich for more than 15 workshops on a variety of taijiquan studies including forms, weapons, push hands and qigong. Everyone who has attended has come away from the workshops with a deeper understanding of taijiquan and has been inspired to greater efforts.” Ed Cooper (President Canadian Taijiquan Federation)
“Having just returned from the 16th Annual Vancouver Push Hands Camp I am once again awed, amazed and inspired by Sam’s demonstration and articulation of the magic and mysticism of Taiji. Not only does he masterfully demonstrate the physical genius of the art, he offers his students an insightful, detailed process by which to individually progress down this transcendental path. The high level of skill he displays, coupled with his astute instruction of the art make him a remarkable teacher.” Sana Shanti (Instructor, Nelson Canada)
“Sam Masich is a unique and highly innovative teacher. He never fails to inspire and consistently supports well rounded growth in the T‘ai Chi players who study with him.” Haim Behar (Instructor, Vancouver, B.C. Canada)
“All the students are really motivated. What Sam taught us is really deep. I told them he was great and I know that they weren‘t disappointed. They feel challenged and want to work more.” Erik Baez Morosini (Instructor, Mexico City, Mexico)
“The opportunity to study with Sam is both a pleasure and a priviledge. He is by far the most sincere, skilled, knowledgeable, and dedicated martial artist I have had the good fortune to work with. He is also genuine human being whose interests and concerns run far deeper than the martial arts alone.” Art Baner (Instructor, Bellingham, WA)
“If you have never had the opportunity to work with Sam then find the chance. Sam is one of those individuals that simply will amaze you. His skill in Tai Chi is only rivaled by his ability to help people achieve their goals.” Steven Beaver (Instructor, Norman, Oklahoma)
“Sam Masich is the real thing. It is an honor to study with someone of such talent and brilliance, and a great gift to have a teacher of such humor, coherence, and integrity. Sam does what he says and says what he does, which sounds simple but is actually very rare.” Cecily Brown (Instructor, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
“Few westerners have delved as deeply into the principles of this poorly understood martial art as Sam has, or been as willing and able to share these secrets. Sam has the rare combination excellent martial arts skills paired with the ability to communicate. He has a great way of presenting Tai Chi as a martial art and personal transformative process in the context of Chinese history and today’s world.” Peter Branson (Instructor, Wrangell, Alaska)
“Sam Masich is the hardest working guy in the relaxation business.” Heather Madras (Eugene, Oregon)
A fifth generation master of Yang Style Taijiquan, Raymond Chung moved to Vancouver in 1961 becoming one of the few masters to bring the complete Yang Style taijiquan to North America. His Vancouver Tai Chi Chuan Association launched the taijiquan careers of many great teachers. He began his taijiquan training in 1935 in the school of Yang Chengfu, and was a contemporary of Yang Chengfu’s eldest son, Yang Sauchung (1909-1985). Raymond Chung is also known for his Wu Style Taijiquan, Sun Style Taijiquan, Baguazhang, and Xingyiquan. His son teaches Fu Style Taijiquan at the Vancouver Tai Chi Chuan Association. Now over 90 years of age, he is still practising martial arts and inspiring students, although he has officially retired from teaching several times.
Tchoung Ta Chen was the first teacher that Ian Sinclair visited in Vancouver.
"Tchoung was 78 years old at the time. He occasionally would seem his age, taking his time on stairs, and speaking softly. Then he would come an important point in his teaching and come to life. Suddenly he was half his age and crossing the floor in a split second to make a correction.
"At one point he poke my stomach and muttered something in Chinese as he walked away. The student next to me laughed and told me ‘He said, “Your belly is like tofu!”‘
"Shortly thereafter Master Tchoung came to me, held my hand to his belly and said, “You feel my belly. Push. Push harder.” I pushed and my hand began to disappear into his good sized belly. As my arm was almost completely extended he let out a gentle “Ha!” which expanded his belly and sent me backwards into the air and against the wall. The look on my face must have been priceless as he giggled and walked away. The senior students just smiled and nodded at me as if I had just won a trophy. I had certainly gained a new appreciation. I stayed with Master Tchoung for several months learning his “Double Yang Style,” tuishou, and sword. Eventually I was unable to keep up his lessons and the other classes I was taking. But I would visit and practise with his students over the years. He contributed a lot to the North American Taijiquan and I am very grateful for having learned from him. He is greatly missed by the many who trained with him." – Ian Sinclair
After graduating from high school Ian Sinclair studied for 4 years (on and off) with Paul McCaughey at the Rising Sun School of Taijiquan on Bloor Street in Toronto.
Paul E. McCaughey is the Founder, Master Teacher and Co-Director of The Rising Sun School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in Toronto, Ontario. He is a Master Teacher of Taijiquan. Paul has taught and lectured extensively in Tai Chi Forms and Weapons, Acupressure, Qi Gong, and other related topics in Canada and the United States. He has taught at Concordia University and at the University of Toronto Athletics Program. He is a Master Herbalist, holds diplomas in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He established a formal clinical practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1990. Paul currently practises Acupuncture, Acupressure Massage, Herbal Medicine, Dietary Therapy, Lifestyle Coaching and Holistic Petcare at Somatic Healing Arts Clinic in Toronto and oversees all classes at the Rising Sun School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. Paul is the author of a self published educational book, ” The Traditional Chinese Medicine Primer – Everything You Wanted to Know About TCM but Didn’t Know How to Ask “. He has also been working on a Pan-stylist Tai Chi book for several years.
When Ian Sinclair moved to Toronto after graduating high school, Wayne Wilson was his next door neighbour. Ian had been looking for a good taijiquan school and saw Wayne practising taijiquan in the park behind his apartment. This led to his introduction to Paul McCaughey and the Rising Sun School of Taijiquan. Wayne Wilson now teaches taijiquan and qigong in Victoria, BC, Canada.
“Wayne was an important mentor and guide for the 4 years I was training in Toronto. He introduced me to several wonderful teachers and different styles. Our serendipitous meeting was a crucial turning point in my life.” – Ian Sinclair
When Ian Sinclair was old enough to drive, his strong drive to pursue taijiquan convinced his parents to let him drive 2 hours each week to learn from Terry Farrel, the closest serious teacher of taijiquan he could find. Terry Farrel is a dedicated teacher who had learned Taoist Tai Chi from Moy Lin Shin. Ian was not interested in the cult-like Taoist Tai Chi Society or the new iconoclastic style that Moy created. However, Ian found Terry Farrel to be a sincere independent teacher with strong emphasis on quality, research, and generous teaching style.
Terry Farrel has also studied with Phillip Mo of Toronto, and become certified by Mantak Chia and The Healing Tao Instructor’s Association. He has more than 34 years experience in Tai Chi and related internal arts.
Terry Farrel teaches at the Greentiger School of Tai Chi in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.
Baldwin Yang was Ian Sinclair’s first teacher of taijiquan in Orillia, Ontario. Baldwin Yang immigrated to Canada from China and worked as a social worker in Orillia, Ontario. In his spare time he taught Yang Style taijiquan through the Orillia Parks and Recreation department.
The first taijiquan class that Ian Sinclair attended was a 12 week course taught in the Gymnasium of ODCVI (a high school directly across the street from where Ian now teaches.)
"I owe a lot to my first teacher. Three decades ago he taught me the form that got me hooked. I experienced profound changes in my mind and body that changed my life for the better. He set me on the path and gave me the confidence and the tools to walk it. He was my first tai chi teacher – my Obiwan Kenobi. When I practise the traditional Yang style routine, I still hear his voice in my head 30 years later. ‘Say you self, “I am relax. I am relax.”‘ “Blusha knee anda twista stepa lefta…Halfa stepa. Play Geetar…”
Thank you, Master Baldwin Yang, wherever you are." - Ian Sinclair
Other teachers: Following is a list of some of the many who have taught (or tried to teach) Ian Sinclair
(In alphabetical order)
Ian Sinclair's other teachers
(In alphabetical order)
• Over 25 years of experience in the Chinese martial arts.
• Has promoted and organized more than a dozen national and international tournaments since 1986, when he held the first all-Chinese martial arts tournament at the national level.
• Inducted into the Inside Kung Fu Magazine's Hall of Fame in 1988 for his Outstanding Contributions to Martial Arts.
• A senior student to Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming and has co-authored two books with him.
• President of the United States Wushu Kung Fu Federation and National Chairman for its competitions.
• Active in many organizations and has been the guiding spirit behind cooperative efforts in the U.S. to organize Chinese martial arts for the betterment of the art and for the benefit of its practitioners.
• Has chaired the U.S. National Chinese Martial Arts Competitions
• Has been Team Leader and Fighting Coach for U.S. teams in two world wushu tournaments.
• Has promoted, organized, and judged at numerous tournaments at all levels and was Chairman of the 1995 World Wushu Championships, the international Wushu Federation's event in Baltimore, Maryland.
In 1976 Master Bracy founded what was to become the Hsing Chen School. The school served as southern California headquarters for his unique method of teaching the internal arts until the fall of 2002.
• Licensed Instructor and Counsellor in the Taiwan Baguamen Association (1981),
• Eighth degree instructor level from the Taiwan Baguamen Association (1994),
• Licensed Coach certification from the Beijing Government Full Contact Fighting Association (1989),
• Lineage disciple of Baguazhang (1988).
• B.A., Psychology (1981),
• Trained in acupuncture in Taiwan while a graduate exchange student and researched the psycho-therapeutic applications of acupuncture.
• One of the first acupuncturists working directly with a M.D. in Orange County, California.
Adam has spent years training 6 -12 hours per day, and has looked for knowledge wherever he could find it, training with many of the best. If I were still living in Vancouver, I would be picking his brain constantly, and training with him every chance I got. He is still relatively young and not yet well known. But I expect that there will soon be a waiting list to train with him.
Adam is the author of "Climbing Mountains and Eating Punches"
Click here to go to Pragmatic Martial Arts and learn more about Adam Chan.
Chen Zhenglei (陈正雷)
Born in Wen County, Henan Province in 1950, Chen Zhenglei is a famous Taijiquan Master, the 19th successor of the Chen Style Taijiquan, and also the Head of the Henan Wushu Hall and a member of the China Wushu Association. He is the former President of the Chen Jia Gou Taijiquan School, Wen County, Henen Province.
Since 1958, Chen began to study Taijiquan and mastered the skills tricks, practice ways and theories comprehensively and systematically. From 1974 to 1986, he has won first place and also "excellence" awards several times in Henan and in the National Wushu Performances and Competitions. He has trained a lot of Taijiquan students and teachers and is often invited to give lectures in many countries. He is also an influential individual well known over the world. Furthermore, Chen has paid much attention to theoretic research and has published many books, including the Summary of Chen Style Taijiquan.
In addition, Master Chen is considered as one of the ten famous Wushu masters in the first series selecting activities of China's Martial Artists.
• Vice-chair of Henan Martial Arts Association
• Coach for Chinese National Martial Arts Team
• Member of the Chinese Martial Arts Committee
• One of the Top Ten Martial Arts Masters in Modern China.
Fu Sheng Yuan 傅钟文
Fu Shuyun (傅淑云)
Madam Fu Shuyun, after spending some time in Taiwan, moved to America. Since that time, she kept Bagua-tajiquanquan secretly exchanging techniques and ideas only with Li Yuanzhi's disciple, Zhao Fulin. Zhao Fulin also did not openly teach the standard Bagua-tajiquanquan form. He only taught a newly created 48 step version of the larger form that had been created by Fu Shuyun. This form was widely taught.
Born in 1915, Madame Fu had a sickly childhood. To improve her health and stamina, her family encouraged her to study Shaolin martial arts. She began her training at nine years of age. She soon became stronger and stopped taking her medication.
Later, she continued her training at the Tienjin Martial Arts Club during her summer vacations and then entered the Nanjing Central Martial Arts Academy where she learned from such masters as Yang Cheng-Fu, Sun Lu-Tang and Huang Bo Nan.
Her instructors were very demanding, and few of her classmates could tolerate the training.
Master Fu learned
• Yang Style taijiquan from Yang Cheng-Fu,
• bagua lianhuan and bagua taiji from Wu Jun-Shan
• xingyiquan and baguazhang from Huang Bonan.
• baguazhang and bagua longjian from Sun Lu-Tang.
• Shaolin bajiquan from Ma Hong-Tu.
• Shaolin sword, kunwu sword and Shaolin tantui from Yang Song-Shan
• Silu Chaquan, xin wushu, meihua sword, shaolin staff and knife from Sun Yu-Ming
At the1936 Olympic Games, Master Fu was one of nine people who represented China performing chinese martial arts. She then travelled through Asia and Europe doing demonstrations with some of China's best martial artists.
In 1971, Master Fu was invited to teach at the National Taiwan normal University in Taipei. Her fame became so well known, she was soon asked to star in some Martial Arts movies. One famous movie, "A Sunset in the Forbidden City" today is a classic of martial arts movies. Master Fu still has a full life, teaching her Kung Fu to those she thinks have the potential to learn.
Nonoy Gallano is the founder of the Classical Combat Eskrima Kali Association (CCEKA) – an international network of schools dedicated to the teaching of the Filipino Martial Arts. The association's approach to this fighting art is holistic in nature. It encompasses not only the physical techniques of Kali but also places emphasis on Oriental philosophy and Meditation practices. Complete discipline and moral/spiritual growth are heavily stressed.
Nonoy Gallano's experience in martial arts is vast and deep, encompassing many styles from all over the world. He is a generous and skilled teacher who has shared with many of the world's top masters.
Mr. Goldberg has been honored by appointment to the National Board of Advisors of the USA Wushu Kung-Fu Federation. He has also been selected regularly by the USAWKF as a National Judge of T'ai Chi Ch'uan Forms and Push Hands. In addition, he has served as the Head Judge of Internal Martial Arts and Push Hands for the southeast region. His students have won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals at both the national and regional levels.
Mr. Goldberg teaches T'ai Chi Ch'uan at the Yeshiva High School (3130 Raymond Drive, Doraville, Georgia, USA), and The Ravinia Club (Ashford Dunwoody across from Perimeter Mall, Atlanta, Georgia).
He teaches Yang long form. Beginning students start with Chi Kung, 'weaving,' and 'walking.' The 3 stages of the form are then complemented with push hands, martial applications, sword, and staff. More advanced training includes Chin Na and Fa jing.
For further information on Herb Goldberg's T'ai Chi Ch'uan or Chi Kung classes, also visit the T'ai Chi Ch'uan Atlanta website www.taichichuanatlanta.com.
Grandmaster Gracenin holds the record for medals won at world championships by a member of the International Wushu Federation in Beijing, PRC. Inside Kungfu has named him one of the top "100 Influential Martial Artists of the Century". In 2005, Inside Kungfu voted him "Man of the Year". He has also appeared on ESPN and Pay-per-View events as a commentator for Martial Arts competition and demonstration.
From 1986 to 1999, Grandmaster Gracenin was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Wushu Federation in Beijing, PRC. He is also a founding member of the USA Wushu Kungfu Federation, is a board member of the United Kungfu Federation of North America and an advisor to the International Wushu Sanshou Dao Association. He holds certificates from the Chinese Wushu Association in Beijing, the Jiangsu Provincial Wushu Academy in Nanjing and the International Wushu Federation in Beijing, PRC. In addition to his expertise in the Chinese styles, Grandmaster Gracenin holds a Master's rank of 5th degree Black Belt in Kwan Mu Kan Karate. In 1983, he was the Black Belt Weapons Champion of the United States Karate Association.
Grandmaster Gracenin is a 1980 graduate of Pennsylvania State University and conducts workshops and demonstrations throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. He is a frequent performer, commentator, and workshop presenter at the annual A Taste of China international Tai Chi tournament and often facilitates the teacher exchange of that organization. Master Gracenin has taught in the Human Performance and Exercise Science Department at Youngstown State University and for The Pennsylvania State University. He also holds classes at a number of wellness centers, hospitals, and clinics. He is often called upon as a consultant and advisor to numerous national and international martial arts federations and organizations.
• Teaches slow and fast Yang style Tai Chi, Hsing Yi, Ba Gua, Liu He Ba Fa, Chi Kung, Push Hands, sword, spear and martial applications.
• Using his experience in recovering from a spinal cord injury, combined with his knowledge of the human body, Master Huang is known for his rehabilitation and conditioning skills.
• Has helped students with a wide range of physical limitations and conditions.
• Highly regarded for his teaching of energy work and self healing as well as for the powerful and explosive quality of his martial arts for those seeking a higher level of training.
• Master Huang began his studies of internal arts as a child and has been teaching for more than 25 years.
• Based in Miami,FL, he teaches privately and conducts workshops around the US and abroad.
Jou Tsung Hwa 周宗崋
Ian Sinclair considered moving to the Tai Chi Farm in the 1980′s to train with Master Jou. While he did not end up doing so, he was fortunate to meet Jou at seminars, conferences, and tournaments, where Master Jou was a favoured attraction. In later years, Master Jou would demonstrate his tuishou and fajing. Ian considers himself fortunate to have been one of the people "blasted" across a room by Master Jou.
• born July 13, 1917 in the small town of Zhuji, Zhejiang Province, China – the son of a local official,
• receives an upper class education in the finest schools – shows a great aptitude in mathematics.
• later marries and begins a family which he takes to Taiwan at the beginning of World War II.
• becomes a successful mathematics professor, writing more than thirty textbooks and gaining some fame and considerable prosperity.
• Developes a fondness for gambling, late hours, overwork, unhealthy sleeping and eating habits, heavy smoking
• At the age of 47 is diagnosed with an enlarged heart and prolapsed stomach – doctors say there is no cure, although surgery and medication could offer limited help in preventing further deterioration.
• A friend, Lou Zifeng introduces Jou to Master Yuandao, teacher of taijiquan.
• Jou quits smoking, improves his lifestyle and began daily taiji practice.
• In just two weeks, Jou noticed improvement.
• After three years his stomach had returns to a normal.
• After five years his heart had shrinks to normal, apparently healed.
• Jou becomes an ardent spokesperson for taijiquan and deepened his practice. His health, vitality and energy level grow every day.
• In 1971 Jou began studying for an American graduate degree in mathematics at Rutgers University in the USA.
• Begins teaching informal taijiquan classes.
• Rutgers offered to have him to teach taiji as an accredited course which Jou teaches until 1975 when the program was cancelled. The University, after reviewing the scant literature on taijiquan states that it is "just an exercise" and unworthy of a scholastic credit. This motivates Jou to do write The Dao of Taijiquan.
• In 1977 Jou hosts the first annual Zhang Sanfeng Festival in Chinatown, New York City where it draws about 200 people. Later it becomes an important meeting place for masters and ideas and become a major catalyst for the development of community, teaching, a research into the art of taijiquan.
• Jou creates the nonprofit "Tai Chi Foundation" partly with the proceeds from The Dao of Taijiquan. He purchases a 103 acre farm Warwick NY and names it the "Tai Chi Farm."
• Grandmaster Jou teaches weekly classes for next to nothing at the Farm and makes the facility available to other teachers for workshops and classes, gaining a reputation as a facilitator for all schools, all ideas, and all practices.
• Students and other teachers comment that Master Jou appears to be getting younger every year. Even after he passed the age of eighty he would demonstrate new skills.
• As he focuses more on basics, and refines his teaching methods, his class sizes become smaller. For those who stay, however, breakthroughs come "on nearly a daily basis."
• Eventually Jou quits teaching regular classes.
At a restaurant, a young waitress asked Master Jou, "How are you today, sir?" Jou rolled up his pant leg and said, "I show you! Look, new muscle! I'm over eighty years old and I never had muscle like this before!"
In 1990 Loretta Donnelly, then Wollering, becomes Grandmaster Jou's first and only apprentice. She helps him form new classes, begins managing his affairs, restructures his school, the Farm and the Festival. With his time freed up, he now focuses on taiji nearly every waking second.
Grandmaster Jou's skill level begins to reach legendary levels. Students come from all styles and all over the globe. Many find that they can't keep up with him. In his 70′s he becomes a seemingly unbeatable sparring partner. His fame spreads around the world drawing student from all over, including Taiwan and China.
In June of 1998 attendance at the Zhang San Feng Festival peaks at more than 700 people. For three days each year it filled the local hotels, motels, restaurants and diners to capacity.
People from across the country were now attending, most to see the remarkable Grandmaster who they'd heard so much about. Some were disappointed to discover that he was neither 10 feet tall nor able to spit qi from his eyes. But for those that saw him spar, it was not hard to believe that he was approaching a level of skill not seen since the masters of old — those men in whose hands taiji truly was the "grand ultimate." – http://www.taichifarm.org/Grandmaster_Jou_Tsung_hwa.htm
While Jou often said that his goal was to was live to 100 or more, and he appeared to be making progress, seeming younger every year. He had many plans and dreams for taijquan and the taiji community. Unfortunately, on August 3rd, 1998, after giving a talk about impermanence and the importance of diligence, Grandmaster Jou Tsung Hwa's vehicle was struck by an oncoming van as he pulled out into an intersection. His injuries were fatal. His passing was quick. His leaving was a loss to the entire world.
Jou stood for many things throughout his life. First and foremost, he was a living testament to the power of classical taiji. While not everyone agreed with his theories and teachings, none could argue with the results. More than that, he was an example of what one person can achieve when willing to work ceaselessly towards a goal. We who knew him can only speculate how far his dreams would have taken him even as many of us gladly followed. Lastly, and most importantly, Grandmaster Jou showed us all that neither ego nor hubris is necessary to excel in the martial arts. His heart and his mind were open. He will be sorely missed. – http://www.taichifarm.org/Grandmaster_Jou_Tsung_hwa.htm
Ma Hailong 马海龙
• Born in 1935, Ma Hailong is a Taiji Master from Wu Family.
• He is the grandson of Wu Jingquan, and the eldest son of Wu Ronghua and father Ma Yueliang.
• President of Shanghai Jianquan Taiji Organization.
After almost dying at birth Painter spent his childhood fighting one illness after another. When he was 13, he was introduced to Mr. Frank Li, (Li Longdao) a scholar martial artist, and bodyguard from Sichuan. The training was effective and Painter grew stronger.
Painter learned the Daoqiquan system of Qigong as well as street-wise practical Baguazhang, Xingyiquan and Taijiquan martial arts and classical weapons systems.
In 1969, Mr. Li returned to Sichuan after giving Painter a letter of commendation and adopting him as the inheritor, Wushu Zongshi, Shifu of the Daoqiquan style.
Painter studied psychology and performing arts Texas Tech University, specialising in hypnotherapy and psychotherapeutic healing. He also specialized in Shakespearean drama and performing magic. Later he worked part time for the rescue team of the County Sheriff's office.
Painter worked as a professional actor, stunt man, director, escape artist and bodyguard before getting a Ph.D. in Naturopathic medicine with emphasis in Chinese Acupressure and physiotherapy.
His Wholistic Fitness Center Tao Ch'i Life Sciences Institute and instructed more than 4,000 and led to research into Qigong, bio-feedback, autosuggestion and neuro-linguistic programming, and hypnotherapy
For his work as a researcher in the field of life force sciences, Dr. Painter has received an award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for contribution to space life sciences. He has been honored by world health and peace organizations for humanitarian contributions to the well being of mankind through his work in the internal arts.
In 1980, Dr. Painter began the American Rangers Law Enforcement Martial Training Institute to promote better mental, physical, tactical and stress management training for peace officers in civilian and military operations.
Painter has also taught defensive tactics to Military tactical trainers, FBI, DEA and special police officers, and has been commissioned as an honorary Texas Ranger.
Dr. John Painter continues working and promoting traditional Chinese internal martial arts. He is working tirelessly to fulfill his promise to his teacher, that he will document in book and film the Daoqiquan system, train teachers and share Daoqiquan with anyone who is possessed of moral virtue and a kind heart.
She was a athlete member of the 1988 U.S. Wushu Team and competed in taijiquan at the International Wushu Invitational Tournament in Hangzhou, China. Among other tournament awards, she won 3rd place in Push-Hands, Women's Heavyweight Division, at the First Chung-hua Cup International Tai Chi Chuan Tournament, Taiwan.
She earned a diploma at the Wushu International Judges Course in Shanghai in 1988 and is certified by the China Wushu Association to judge in international tournaments. She has sponsored, directed, and judged at numerous tournaments, and has taught courses in tournament management and judges training.
She has been an administrative member of several Chinese martial arts organizations, including the Executive Board of the U.S.A. Wushu/Kungfu Federation. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the former U.S. Wushu Federation and was Director of the Taijiquan Committee of U.S. Chinese Guoshu Federation. She served four years as a member of the Technical Committee of the International Wushu Federation and has attended three World Wushu Tournaments (Baltimore, Rome, Hong Kong) as an administrator.
She has published several articles on taijiquan, wushu, and self defense.
She is Director of "A Taste of China," an organization which since 1983 has presented taijiquan training seminars featuring many notable masters including Chen Xiao-wang (Chen style), Yang Zhen-duo (Yang style) and Wang Pei-sheng (Wu style) and has taken a student group to China, and which since 1988 has organized the "U.S.A. All-Taijiquan Championships." These events attract faculty, officials and judges, and participants, students, and athletes from all across the U.S. and Canada, and also from Europe, South America, Australia, and China. In 1999, she was named by Inside Kung Fu magazine as one of the 100 most influential persons in martial arts in the U.S. in the past 100 years. She was inducted into Inside Kung Fu's 2001 Hall of Fame for "Outstanding Contribution to Martial Arts."
She has conducted workshops in the U.S. and abroad for more than 25 years. She has been Director and Instructor at the Shenandoah Taijiquan Center/Yang Chengfu Center in Winchester, Virginia since 1992.
She has a great enthusiasm for teaching and learning, and is dedicated to sharing the sense of well-being that can be obtained from the practices of taiji and qigong.
Sam Slutsky teaches Tai Chi in Montreal. Contact him for details on where and when classes are being held:
Sun Yongtian 孙永田
• Taiji Master from Sun Family,
• the 3rd Sect Head of Sun Taiji,
• Vice-chair of Beijing Martial Arts Association,
• Standing Vice-president of Sun Taiji Research Institute.
• Permanent Honorary President of American and Hongkong Sun Taiji Research Institute.
Now living in Cangzhou, Hebei Province, Sun Yongtian was born in Beijing. He is the current Chairman and managing director of Shenlong Automobile Sales and Service Limited, vice chairman of the Beijing Wushu Association, Sun-style Taijiquan third generation head of Sun-style Taijiquan Studies Society, the permanent honorary chairman of the United States and Hong Kong Sun Taijiquan Society.
Sunyongtian loved martial arts since his childhood, and practiced changquan, Tang boxing, and other boxing styles since the'70s.
In 1982, he began learning Sun Style Taijiquan from the second-generation head of Taijiquan, Sun Jianyun (孙剑云) (1913-2003) learning taijiquan, xingyiquan, tai chi sword, and tuishou.
Due to his skills, morality, and dedication to the promotion of Sun Style, Taijiquan, and with the recommendation of Sun Jianyun, Sun Yongtian became the standard bearer the Sun Style Taijiquan. In this position he has delivered results and made outstanding contributions. He helped edit and published "Record of the Martial Arts of Sunlutang" 《孙禄堂武学录》 to the joy of many Taiji lovers. In 2003 he assisted Sun Jianyun in publishing "The Authentic Interpretation of Sun-Taiji Quan."《孙式太极拳诠真》
Grandmaster Sun has received numerous accolades for his skill, his technical and theoretical knowledge, his work promoting martial arts of all styles, training champions of forms, tuishou and fighting, and supporting the use of taijiquan in corporate society.
• Chen-style Taijiquan.
• Yang-style Taiji.
• Northern and Southern KungFu styles and weapons.
Tong has studied with some of the top grandmasters of China including:
• Feng Zhiqiang
• Gu Liuxin
• He Bingquan
• Chen Changmian
• Liu Xuebo
• Xu Wenzhong
Wang Jurong 王菊蓉
Born in 1928, Wang Jurong began martial arts at the age of five, training 6 hours per day under the direction of her father, Grandmaster Wang Ziping – one the most popular and respected martial artists in Chinese history.
She learned tantui (springing legs), chaquan, huaquan, paoquan, bajiiquan, paida and taijiquan. She learned kuandao as her first weapon.
By the time she reached her teen years, Wang Jurong was well-known in the martial arts community. She won gold at the 7th National Athletic Games in 1946. and again at the 1953 National Wushu Competition.
Madame Wang studied at the Education Department of the Aurora University in Shanghai, and in1955 she married Dr. Wu Chengde, a respected student of Grandmaster Wang Ziping. Dr. Wu is an accomplished martial artist, and highly regarded doctor and professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
• A founding professor of the East China Physical Education College (Shanghai Physical Education College).
• Professor in the Wushu Department for 36 years .
• Did extensive research of theories and techniques in all styles of Chinese Martial Arts
• Became very knowledgeable in all five systems of Tai Chi Chuan
• Developed a graduate program at the College
• The first professor of Physical Education to have 2 students earn Master of Martial Arts degrees in taijiquan.
• First female coach to the New China Wushu Team.
• The first woman coach to officially represent China, teaching Martial Arts seminars outside of the country. Director of the Chinese Martial Arts Association as well as the Archery Association.
• Vice-Chairman of the Shanghai Wushu Association, and head of the Judging Committee.
• Vice-Chairman of the Shanghai Archery Association.
• President of the Chinese Martial Arts Research Institute
• Advisor to the Wu Dang Research Association and the Shanghai Chi Gong Research Association.
• Wrote and edited many books and articles on Tai Chi Chuan
• Involved in the development and promotion of the new standardized Tai Chi 24 simplified, 32 sword, 48 combined, and Yang 88 posture routines.
• Member of the government appointed council to organize official judges rule books for the new Wushu standardized competition routines
• Personally involved in developing the Double Sword Competition routine. Served as General Judge, Vice-General Judge, and Honorary Advisor to National and International Wushu competitions as well as Archery competitions throughout China.
Madame Wang´s life has been devoted to her family, Wushu, and China. She holds a unique place in the Chinese Martial Arts of the 20th Century.
Regrettably, Madame Wang is no longer with us. But her family and students carry on her legacy.
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Also known as Wu Xiagao. She is a prominent Wushu practitioner. She is the granddaughter and student of Wang Ziping, and the daughter of Wang Jurong and Wu Chengde. She received a B.A. in Physical Education at the Shanghai Teacher's University, and a Master's degree in Sports Administration at the Wichita State University. She is a certified Wushu judge. By dedicating countless hours of her time and serving conscientiously as a judge to the U.S.A. team trials and numerous regional, national, and international tournaments, she shares her contribution to the promotion of Wushu and wellness. She is an instructor and administrator of the Grace Wu Kung Fu School in Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A. See her photo demonstrations under Chaquan, Wangshi Wushu, and Tantuimen.
Wu Guangyu (吴光宇)
Born in 1946, Master Eddie Wu began training with his father and grandfather at the age of six. In 1967, he went to Britain's Air University in Scotland where he earned a Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He then worked as a Licensed Aircraft Engineer and as the Deputy Chief Engineer for Heli Orient Ltd.
In 1976, he took over the teaching and administration of the Toronto academy, which was founded the previous year by his uncle, the late Master Wu Daxin (吳大新.)
In 1995, Master Eddie Wu, his aunt (Master Wu Yan Hsia) and his uncle (Master Wu Tai Sin) founded the International Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Federation.
Members of the federation came from around the world to take part in the first convention, which was held at the Toronto Convention Center that same year.
In 2001, Master Eddie Wu was appointed to take over the administration of the Wu Family. Master Eddie Wu regularly travels to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Europe, as well as many parts of the United States and Canada to conduct workshops and seminars. Master Wu also collaborates with medical, business and sporting professionals to bring the benefits of Wu Style Tai Chi Chun to other fields.
In 2005 he was officially inaugurated as the head of the Wu family of Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan.
Master Eddie Wu currently fulfills the following roles within the martial arts community:
• Chairman of the International Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Federation
• Chairman of the Hong Kong Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy Headquarters
• Chairman of Wu's Tai Chi Chuan Academy, Canada
• Chairman of the United Wushu Federation of Canada
• Chairman of the Confederation of Canadian Wushu Organizations
• Member of the Canadian Olympic Committee
• Honorary President of Handan Taiji Association, Hebei Province.
• Honorary President of North American Wu (Hao) Taiji Union.
• Winner of "Meritorious Cup" of Chinese Yongnian International Taiji Friendship Association, 2002.
Yang Jun 楊軍, 杨军
• Began his training with Master Yang Zhen Duo at the age of 5 years.
• Proficient in taijjiquan, sword, saber, tuishou, and many other forms of taijiquan.
• Vice President of Operations and Training of the Shanxi Province Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Association since 1995
• President of the International Yang Family Taijiquan Association.
• Certified as the highest level national judge
• Head judge at the 1998 National Tai Chi Chuan Competition in China.
Yang Jun has travelled with his grandfather, Yang Zhenduo whenever he travelled abroad to teach and has become a well respected teacher in his own right with unquestionable skill.
In August of 1999 Yang Jun moved to Seattle with his lovely wife, Fang Hong, where they formally began working for the International Yang Family Taijiquan Association and to established a school in Seattle. first member of the Yang Family to live outside of China.
Born in 1926, Yang began learning martial arts at age six from his father and continued learning from his other relatives (especially his elder brother) after the passing of his father. He now has nearly 80 years experience in researching and improving his taijiquan.
Yang has competed twice in national martial arts tournaments, winning first prize on each occasion. His students number many thousands (in China and abroad) including men and women of all ages, and ranging from the chronically ill to world class wushu experts.
A gentle, kind and respectful man, Yang is a patient and generous teacher who devotes himself to teaching Taijiquan. His determination to pass this valuable legacy has led him to travel the world offering instruction to students of all levels. He has written five books on taijiquan as well as countless articles, and has produced 3 sets of videos.
• Member of the Coaches Committee of the Chinese Wushu Association,
• Vice President of the Wushu Association of Shanxi Province
• President of the Shanxi Yang Style Taijiquan Association (The largest martial arts organisation of its kind in China.)
• Chairman of the International Yang Style Taijiquan Association. (18 centres in 9 countries with more than 350 members.)
• Recognised as one the top 100 wushu masters in China.
• Vice-president of the provincial capital's Wushu association.
Zeng Nailiang 曾乃梁
Master Zeng is a former head coach of the Chinese National Wushu Team and now devotes much of his time to promoting the health benefits of Taiji and Qigong. He is Vice-chair of Fujian Martial Arts Association.
His students, Gao Jiamin and Chen Sitan, are Champions in Chinese National, Asian and World Martial Arts Championships. Awarded "Experts of Outstanding Contributions" in 1993.