Monday, September 22, 2008

Liang Shou-Yu

Liang Shouyu is an wushu and qigong teacher. He was born in Chongqing, Sichuan, China and started studying Emei martial arts and qigong with his grandfather at the age of six. Liang Shouyu has five generations of martial artists and is the direct inheritor of the Emei Shequan system . He won many all around titles in tournaments in China and was also the first person to overcome an undefeated Yi-mountain man in . Liang excelled in both Wushu and academics, winning a full scholarship to study biology at the in Chongqing.

After the communist revolution, Liang was relocated to a small farming village where he taught high school and farmed. During the , he was sought after by members during a national purge of traditional Chinese culture. During this time, Liang roamed around China, learning many different types of and qigong.

In 1981, Liang Shouyu traveled to , . Today, he lives in , in , and has established one of the largest martial arts organisations in the world, the I.W.S.D . He has also established the , and in total, has trained over 10,000 students. Today, he is the Advisor or Honorary Advisor of over 20 national and professional Wushu organisations in China, the United States, and Canada. He has two daughters, Helen Liang and Maria Liang and continues to teach in Vancouver, Canada.

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