Learning From the World's Greatest Masters
I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s greatest masters. I am so grateful that each of these masters taught me different things and gave me worthy tips about Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and life.
Initially, I worked with Grand Master Duan Zhi Liang, who is a grand Master of Qi Gong and Chinese Medicine. Even though at the time he was 97 years old, his sense of humor was so incredible. I loved him very much. He not only taught me the Qi Gong form, but also a most important life lesson “treat your friends well, and also treat your enemies well, then you will have no enemies."
He is also an inspiration to my anti aging practice. Every time when I think about getting older and being unable to do things I’d like to do, I think about him. I then change my thoughts: I remind myself that I can still do so many things that I love to do.
I was also very fortunate to learn from Grand Master Feng Zhi Qiang. He was 17th in the lineage of Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan. He treated me like a daughter. Grand Master Feng Zhi Qiang is kind, gentle, and persuasive, even though he was known as one of the strongest masters in the world.
When I was treating him for a neck problem on a visit to Beijing, I felt like I was treating my father (he knew I was a doctor of Holistic medicine). The second time I visited him in Beijing, he called me “Monkey." Not only because I was born in the year of the Monkey, but also because he thought that I was a fast learner, a “Monkey Student."
I knew I had to work hard in order to please him since the world respects him so much. I love him so much and I really miss him. The biggest lesson I learned from him was about real “Relaxation." I learned that no matter how well you perform the form, you won’t get the maximum benefit if you don’t relax or don’t know how to relax. Being with him I felt very comfortable and relaxed. No one would dare to joke in the front of him like I did, but he would laugh and understood my sense of humor.
I then had several chances to work with Grand Master Li De Ying. He was Vice Chairman of Chinese Martial Art Committee and a professor at the Martial Art Department of the Beijing People’s University. He is so knowledgeable and really helped me with the theory, history, and philosophy of martial arts and Tai Chi. This is how I came to understand the “how and why” things work, how and why we should practice correctly.
He was so amazed that I was not trained in martial arts to begin with, but rather trained in the medical field. But he knew that my passion and my dedication to the work would bring good results in my learning and teaching. He told me that my students showed that they had a good foundation, which made me very happy. The best part of learning with him was his “theory of everything.”
I also had several chances to train with Grand Master Zhu Tian Cai. He is also in the lineage of Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan masters. He is a very nice man, easy going, pleasant to be with. Learning Push Hands from him, I gained not only the techniques, but also the theory and teaching methods.
The lesson I learned from him is to teach with passion. Teach whatever you can to help students to improve, not to just teach partially as many masters do. Grand Master Zhu Tian Cai has incredible energy. He is strong in both a physical and an emotional level. I felt relaxed being with him. This has made me more aware that I need to find ways to make my students feel relaxed when they are with me.
I learned from several other masters too, who taught me Ba Gua, Xing Yi, Chen Style Tai Chi, and other forms. Every master has something unique and special to offer. Some things they all have in common is that they are very kind, easy going, open minded, and teach in a persuasive way not a critical way. They all have an amazing moral character, are sincere, are strong emotionally and mental clarity, and retain a lot of life’s wisdom.
I am very grateful and I appreciate everything they taught me. I feel so fortunate to have had them in my life. I am also grateful that I have so many wonderful students. I will continue to share with my students all of the knowledge and wisdom that my masters have taught me. And I hope that we can all help to pass this valuable knowledge to the next generation.
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