We are pleased to announce that we have more wonderful masters of Chinese Martial Arts visiting us this year. Many of them will be offering workshops at Malee’s School on Sunday, November 5th, the day after the tournament (workshop registration will be available soon).
Master Gao Xi’an | Honorary Chairman
A guest professor at the Xi’an Sports Institute, Master Gao is principal of Gao’s Kung Fu Academy in New York City. He is a sixth generation lineage holder in Ma style tongbeiquan, and a national champion and international gold medal winner in this style. Master Gao is also an accomplished actor, choreographer, and trainer, having appeared in films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Master Gao will teach a workshop on tongbeiquan and the art of making kung fu movies at Malee’s School on Sunday, November 5, the day after the tournament. Workshop details will be available soon.
Grandmaster Bai Wenxiang
Grandmaster Bai was the coach of the Shaanxi wushu team in China and taught such illustrious champions as Master Zhao Changjun, the greatest wushu athlete of the 1980s, and movie star Donnie Yen. Known for his mastery of both traditional and contemporary wushu, Grandmaster Bai was a competitor in China even before the founding of the Chinese Wushu Association.
Grandmaster Bai will be teaching a seminar on one of his signature styles, fanziquan, on Sunday, November 5th, at our school here in Connecticut.
Master Wen Zuohui
Master Wen is one of the preeminent individuals in the worldwide wushu community. As the former director of the wushu department at the Chengdu Sports Institute and board member of many prestigious institutions such as the Chinese Wushu Association, she has also directed national and international tournaments and training courses.
Master Zhao Changjun
One of the greatest wushu athletes of all time, Master Zhao was the top champion of the 1980s. His remarkable power, speed, and spirit are an inspiration to students of wushu worldwide. He has also acted and directed in films before moving to the United States, where he now resides in New Jersey, operating his own wushu school, the Zhao Changjun Wushu Academy. He also hosts an annual martial arts tournament.
Other Visiting Masters
(in alphabetical order by last name)
Master Sitan Chen
A member of the Fujian Wushu Team in China in the 1990s, Master Chen was one of the most highly regarded tai chi competitors in modern history, winning 32 gold medals in national and international competition. His success earned him the title “Tai Chi Prince.” He now runs his own school, Sitan Tai Chi and Martial Arts, in New York City, and is president of the America Tai Chi & Health Qigong Center.
Master Chen Xiaoyi
Master Chen earned her degree in wushu education from Beijing Sport University. She has a 6th duan in wushu, and is a Class I wushu judge and Class I Wushu Athlete. She currently teaches wushu at Harvard University and Wellesley College
Master Cheung Kam Pang
Born in Hong Kong, Master Cheung began his training in Chinese martial arts, learning southern kung fu, and later achieving a black belt in tae kwon do. He also studied northern kung fu and weapons, as well as Zhaobao He Style Tai Chi, from renowned Grandmaster Kei Cheong Sau. After a successful career as a competitor, he now lives in New Jersey and teaches at his school, Cheung’s Martial Arts Academy, and other locations.
Grandmaster Calvin Chin
Grandmaster Chin is the senior disciple of Sifu Grandmaster Kwong Tit-fu, and the lineage holder of Fu Hok Tai Hei Morn. He opened his school in 1996 in Newton, MA, where he teaches Wu Style Tai Chi, Lam family Hung Kuen, and Mu Dong Yat Hei Ng Hang Morn. His school is also famous for their outstanding lion dance team, which performed at the Opening Ceremony of our tournament last year!
After losing his wife to lung cancer, Grandmaster Chin founded, in her name, the Helen Gee Chin Scholarship foundation, which has awarded over $83,000 in college scholarships to students of Chinese martial arts from all over the country.
Master Guan Zhirui
Certified as a national Chinese coach and judge, Master Guan began learning traditional wushu at the age of 7, later going on to learn Liu He Ba Fa, Chen style tai chi, and other styles from famous masters such as Grandmaster Xia Bohua, Grandmaster Zhang Guangde, and Grandmaster Xue Jujin, as well as train at the Beijing Sports University. He won many gold medals in competition every year.
Master Hou Min
Master Hou began learning wushu at the age of 7, joining China’s national sanda team at age 16, where he represented China in international competition. After retiring from competition, he went on to coach at famous wushu institutions. Since coming to the U.S., he has promoted fighting sports through “Legend of Heroes” (Chairman), the World Wushu Fighting Union (Secretary-General), and the U.S. Wushu Masters Association (Standing Committee member).
Master “Jack” Guo Cunjie
At the age of eight, Master Guo began training at the esteemed Henan Changyuan School of Martial Arts in Henan, China. He went on to become a national champion as a member of the Henan provincial wushu team. After coming to the U.S. as a performer for Disney World Company, he opened his school in southern Connecticut, the Wu Dang Kungfu Academy, in 2008.
Master Jiang Bangjun
Born in Chongqing, China, former Beijing wushu team member Master Jiang had an illustrious career as a competitor in China prior to moving to the U.S. and opening his school, the Professional Martial Arts Academy, in 2006, where he trains many of America’s top wushu athletes. He also holds a degree in training pedagogy from the Shenyang Sports Institute.
Master Ginger Jiang
A career wushu athlete, Master Jiang was a member of the Gansu provincial wushu team, then went on to earn degrees in wushu instruction and coaching at the Beijing Sports University. She was the head coach of the Lanzhou University Wushu team before moving to the U.S. in 2001, where she now operates her school in Connecticut.
Master Lan Chaohai
Master Lan first learned traditional Shaolin Kung Fu from his grandfather in Henan, China, later becoming a 34th generation secular Shaolin disciple under the venerable master and Abbott Shi Yong Xin, receiving the Buddhist name Yan Shen. Master Lan moved to the U.S. in 2004, where he now teaches at the Shaolin Kung Fu Center in Flushing, New York.
Master Li Qiang
Master Li began training in wushu at the age of six. She was a member of the Beijing wushu team under the legendary Mr. Wu Bin, winning several gold medals in national competition before moving to the U.S. She is now a chief instructor at Beidou Kungfu School.
Master Li Tai Liang
Master Li was China’s first sanda (full contact sparring) champion. He was also instrumental in the formation of sanda competition regulations. Based on his lifetime of knowledge of effective self-defense, he created the Xinyi-Dao system, which he teaches from his Xinyi-Dao Headquarters in New York.
Master Lin Chuantong
Master Lin trained and later taught at the Shaolin Temple Tagou Martial Arts School in Henan, China, where he learned authentic Shaolin martial arts. An international wushu champion, he is also a USAWKF-certified wushu judge. He the principal and head instructor at the Shaolin Kung Fu & Tai Chi school in New Jersey.
Master Lynn Lin
Master Lin began training in Wushu at the age of seven. After graduating from the Fujian College of Physical Education in 1992, she worked at the Fujian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine as Director of the Traditional Health Maintenance Teaching & Research, and as head coach of the college Wushu team. She now teaches at Sitan Tai Chi & Martial Arts with her husband, Master Chen Sitan.
Master Lin Ruibin
Master Lin began learning wushu at the age of 8, mastering many styles as well as qigong from famous masters. In 1991 he won the wushu championships at the Fujian Games, and since then has gone on to win many gold medals in wushu and qigong competition. He has been invited to teach Chinese wushu and qigong in many countries such as the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and Korea.
Master Alexander Liu
Master Liu of Shandong province is accomplished in traditional Chinese martial arts and qigong, including styles such as Cha Quan and Yang style tai chi. Since coming to the U.S., he has judged at many national and international tournaments over the past 30 years. He currently teaches tai chi and qigong courses at the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Master Daniel Ostrow
Master Ostrow has spent a lifetime mastering martial arts, learning Goju Karate as a youth, tai chi under Sifu David Chandler, and then Choy Lay Fut from Master Darrell Levack and Master Tat-Mau Wong. A successful competitor in forms and sparring, he now runs his school, the Tat Wong Kung Fu Academy, in Middletown, Connecticut, and is a USAWKF-certified national coach and judge.
Master Sun Changrong
Master Sun is a 12th generation descendant of Chen Style Taichi Quan, a disciple of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei. She is a certified tai chi instructor and certified Health Qigong trainer. She has won numerous Gold and Silver awards in Taichi and Qigong national competitions. Master Sun currently teaches tai chi and Health Qigong in New York City.
Master Wang Mingxun
Among his many qualifications, Master Wang, who currently resides in New York City, is a certified judge of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts and a sixth degree master of Chinese wushu. He is also the president of the American Tai Mantis Kung Fu Association.
Master Wang Rengang
Master Wang is a master of northern praying mantis and the unique style Dachengquan, which he will be performing today. He is the founder of the International Dachengdao Kungfu Association. Master Wang has won numerous gold medals in national and worldwide competitions and has served as a judge at tournaments throughout the country. He currently teaches in New York City.
Master Wang Zhenshen
Master Wang Zhenshen, a member of the Shanghai Chin Woo Athletic Federation, focused on “Chin Woo Tan Tui” and “Wu Style Ba Ji Quan” in his training. After earning his master’s degree from New York University, he learned praying mantis and Da Cheng Quan from Master Wang Rengang. He has won many gold medals in competition, while also possessing a knowledge of practical self-defense.
Master Wei Wentao
Master Wei of Beijing began learning Chinese martial arts at the age of eight, first from his uncle and later from his grandfather. He studied tai chi under Grandmaster Liu Gaoming, a lineage holder of Yang style tai chi, and became a disciple of Grandmaster Li Zongru, becoming a well-rounded, knowledgeable master of wushu. Master Wei is also known for his knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupressure.
Master Ying Tie
President of the America National Martial Arts Kung Fu Center in Bayside, New York,Master Ying Tie is a world champion in traditional wushu and lineage holder in Hebei Xingyiquan and Cheng Style Baguazhang.
Master Ying Xin
A world champion in traditional wushu, Master Ying Xin is the vice president of the America National Martial Arts Kung Fu Center in Bayside, New York, and Director of the World Fighting Martial Arts Federation. She is a lineage holder in Hebei Xingyiquan and Cheng Style Baguazhang.
Master Zhang Liyong
A former wushu team member at the Shaolin Martial Arts Academy of Henan Chinese Kungfu team and Zhengzhou Opera Theater, and a national champion in China, Master Zhang also has a stellar record as a performer at tournaments, as well as in movies and theater. He is also a USAWKF-certified national wushu instructor and judge. He is currently teaching traditional and contemporary wushu in San Jose, California.
Master Zou Yunjian
Master Zou trained under legendary teachers such as Grandmaster Zhao Yong, Grandmaster Wang Pinseng, and Grandmaster He Fusheng. A former member of the Hebei provincial wushu team, Master Zou graduated from the Wuhan Institute of Physical Education in 1993. Master Zou is a three-time world champion of tai chi. He operates the Omei Academy and USA Taichi Culture Foundation in Cupertino, California.