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Pleasant Valley, NY
Sifu Sam Chin
Grandmaster Sam F.S. Chin is the co-founder of I Liq Chuan (ILC), pronounced Yi-Lik-Chuen and the current gate keeper of the system. He is the founder and President of Chin Family I Liq Chuan Association, as well as the creator of I Liq Chuan Grading System and Zhong Xin Dao (ZXD). Grandmaster Sam Chin trained martial arts since childhood by his father (the founder of I Liq Chuan), Chin Lik Keong. During the 1980’s, he won numerous competitions, including the state heavy weight Kickboxing Championships of Selangor (Malaysia) in 1978.
He has been appearing on television interviews and programs worldwide, including a recent CCTV documentary “Kung Fu Abroad” 《功夫在外.》 It was aired nationally in China earlier this year in January. He was also honored by the Mayor of Vologda (Russia) for his contribution and positive influence in the community; in addition to being recognized by the USA Wushu Kung-Fu Federation as a Hall of Fame Outstanding Master. He continues his teaching via workshops worldwide and resides in Pleasant Valley New York with his wife and four children.
Ph: (865) 379-9997
Sifu Richard Clear
Sifu Richard Clear is Shigong third generation lineage holder in tai chi from Lee Ying Arng who was a senior student under Yang Chen Fu. Sf. Clear has studied directly with such famous masters as Ma Yeuh Liang, Wen Mei Yu, Dr Fred Wu, Liu Ji Fa, Ju Bong Yi, Pei Xi Rong, Willem de Thouars and Don Ethan Miller among others. Master Clear began teaching in 1985 and has over 30 years of continuous study in tai chi (tai ji), qigong (chi kung) & internal martial arts, along with some other external styles. He has produced his own videos and books to help people learn in-person as well as online. His school in Tennessee hosts workshops and other events. He is also an adept practitioner of iron body skills and related martial arts and qigong practices.
Ph: (518) 209-2285
Master Jianye Jiang
Master Jianye Jiang began his wushu studies at age 5, under tutelage from masters such as Yu Mingwei, Yu Hai, Ruizhang Zhao and Yongxiang Zhou. He completed his BA and masters degrees from Qufu University and Shanghai Physical Education Institute. He’s been a tournament judge in the US and China, and is a board member of the USA National Tai Chi Chuan Federation. Master Jiang has acted in movies produced in China, Japan and Australia, and himself has produced over 300 instructional videos in Chinese martial arts and qigong. In addition to being a wushu expert and teacher of over 30 years, Master Jiang is also a master calligrapher, having won national and international awards. Sales proceeds of his prize-winning calligraphy have raised over $10,000 in donations to the Shandong Disabled Association in order to better the lives of those living with disabilities.
St. Louis, MO
Shifu Violet Li
Shifu Violet Li is a 12th Generation Chen Style Tai Chi Inheritor and certified Tai Chi instructor. She has a passion for teaching and writing on Tai Chi and Qigong. Sf. Violet has written more than 400 articles on Tai Chi and Qigong with global readership of more than forty countries. Her articles have been translated and syndicated by a few media. She is also a columnist of “Chinese Wushu,” the most prominent Chinese martial arts magazine published in the Chinese language in China. She was interviewed by KBIA/National Public Radio at Columbia, MO and featured at “Show Me St. Louis,” Channel 5 KSDK (NBC), St. Louis, MO.
New York, NY
Shifu Ken Lo
Shifu Ken Lo’s mastery of the eastern arts runs very deep and reflects his great love of learning and teaching. From 1963 onward, Sifu Lo has studied or been an inner-door disciple of many arts, including: the Japanese martial arts, Praying Mantis kung fu, Ed Parker’s Kempo Kung Fu, yoga, hypnotherapy, Zen Buddhist meditation, Vadha, feng shui, poetics, Face Reading, Palmistry and Hand Writing Analysis, as well as Tibetan Buddhism. He is also known for his masterful work in Chinese calligraphy and the rare “Cha Dao” (the Chinese Art of Tea).
Sifu Lo is an active member of the Chinese martial arts community, having sat on many boards and directed at the executive level of numerous martial arts foundations. He is also a National Advisor to the USA Wu Shu Kung Fu Federation.
Sf. Ken Lo is the founding Director of the Wu Mei Kung Fu Association and is the highest authority of Wu Mei Kung Fu worldwide and is recognized by the Chinese government as an authentic traditional Chinese Martial arts master. He is the founding Director of the China Arts Council, whose mission is to preserve and promote traditional Chinese cultural arts in the West.
Ph: (518) 209-2285
Master YuZhi Lu
Master YuZhi Lu is the wife of Master Jian-Ye Jiang. She co-owns and operates their wushu and qigong school in Albany, NY. She is also involved in the production of their vast array of instructional videos and other projects, such as their annual group trips to China. Master Lu has studied wushu since age 12. She received her bachelors degree from the Physical Education Dept. of Qufu University in China and has instructed there for over 16 years. She then continued her wushu sutdies in Beijing, Shanghai and Shandong Province. She is certified and experienced to teach many forms of wushu and qigong healing therapies.
Ph: (817) 860-0129
Dr. John Painter
Dr. John Painter began his training as a young boy in Chinese and internal martial and healing arts with Master Li, Long-dao of Sichuan province. He studied with the master from 1957 to 1969. From there he went on to study Chinese medicine, massage and acupressure with Dr. Pao, Sun-Lung of Hong Kong and Tibetan yoga and meditation with Lama Trangu Rinpoche. He attended Texas Tech University majoring in psychology and theater arts. Dr. Painter holds a Ph.D. in naturopathic medicine and is listed in Who’s Who in the Chinese Martial Arts. He was elected to the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame and was twice elected to the Inside Kung Fu Magazine Hall of Fame.
Dr. Painter has appeared in feature films and on many martial arts magazine covers. He is the author of hundreds of articles on Chinese medicine, healing principles and the internal martial arts. Dr. Painter has also been heavily involved in medical and scientific research involving the study of qi life force energy, through work with the Life Sciences Qi Research Institute. He has received awards from NASA and other science organizations for his work. A Captain in the American Rangers Law Enforcement Martial Training Institute, Dr. Painter is considered one of the world’s foremost experts in practical, hand-to-hand combat training. His private client list includes members of the Israeli military combat training corp., FBI, DEA, US Army Rangers, US Army Special Forces, and US Marine Military Police officers.
Ph: (646) 279-1428
Master Wang Ren-Gang
Master Wang Ren-Gang is the 5th generation lineage holder for northern Hao Style Plum Blossom Mantis under Hao Wei Zhi, as well as 3rd generation lineage holder for Dachengquan (yiquan) under Wang Xuan Jie, and 6th generation disciple for Sanxi Style Xingyiquan and Cheng Style Baguazhang under Li Tai Liang. He is considered as the world’s leading expert of the Mantis 2-hand Sword. He is the president of International Dachengdao, Inc., a director of training on the Board of Directors for the Civil Aid Society, and is a certifying master of the International Kung Fu Federation. Master Wang has been featured in several international martial arts magazines, travels for exhibitions and tournament judging and teaches seminars worldwide. He trains stunt fighters for movies and is the NY State Director of the World Stunt Association. Master Wang taught both kung fu and art at the 2006 Mensa World Gathering in Walt Disney World. His short film, “The Lesson” won several indie festival awards. Master Wang currently owns a school in Elmhurst, Queens (NYC).
Shifu Stephen Watson
Shifu Stephen Watson has immersed himself in Eastern philosophy for over 30 years. Taoism, the philosophical root of taiji (tai chi) is made clearer in a moment with Stephen than in poring over dozens of translations from the Classics. His martial training (the how) began in concert with his interest in philosophy (the why). His motto is: When you have enough Why’s you have Wise. Sf. Stephen has been regularly featured in “Inside Kung-Fu” magazine for his engaging personality, kind-hearted approach to teaching and world-class skill. Stephen travels the world offering workshops on various Chinese martial arts. He is an International, 14-time US, and now World, champion in Taiji Push Hands. He operates a small martial arts school in Connecticut where he hosts masters from far and yon. His teachers include every person he has ever met. Come be his next teacher.
Ph: (973) 202-9409.
Shifu Loretta M. Wollering
Shifu Loretta M. Wollering is lineage holder of Master Jou Tsung Hwa’s teachings in taijiquan and Daoist (Taoist) practices. She used these methods to cure herself of a knee injury and Crohn’s Disease while finishing graduate school. She managed Master Jou’s famous school, “The Tai Chi Farm” and directed his Zhang San Feng Festival and events. She accompanied him in the US and internationally as an assistant instructor and served as an editor on the last edition of his best-selling book, The Dao of Taijiquan. Sf. Wollering has appeared in publications and TV news and has authored several articles, a chapter in a book, ebooks and a DVD.
She is a formally published author of the book: Anatomy of Fitness – Tai Chi (Hinkler Books, 2014). She has won numerous awards, including the Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Fitness and Sports (Washington, DC). She is also a member of the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame. She owns and teaches in a formal school of tai chi in NJ and tai chi online. She has simplified the name of Master Jou’s Zhang San Feng Festival as the “Tai Chi Gala” and runs it in his honor and tradition for all enthusiasts of the Chinese internal and martial arts to share and enjoy.
Ph: (617) 605-0268
Shifu Donald Wong
Shifu Donald Wong is a fascinating grandmaster in the Chinese martial arts and qigong world. He heads a traditional kung fu school in Chinatown of Boston, Massachusetts and owns a restaurant specializing in traditional Chinese cuisine. He also is a Massachusetts republican representative who is concerned to protect practitioners of martial arts and holistic healing arts from unfair legislation and government interference. He welcomes any support you may be able to offer in helping him with this noble goal. Master Wong has studied with a host of marital arts masters and Taoist adepts – some of them choosing to live an almost hermitic lifestyle and rarely taking on any students. Master Wong has also participated in a number of medical and investigative studies on qigong and the ability to externalize qi. He is known for his remarkable skills to help others with this seemingly endless talent. His kind and humble demeanor belies his deep level of experience and skills, and makes him a joy to be around.