Wang Xiang Zhai
Wang Xiang Zhai (1886 - 1963) lineage
Suffering from chronic poor health, the young Wang Xiang Zhai began studying Zhan Zhuang ('standing like a pillar', i.e. standing still) under his uncle, Guo Yun Shan. With practice, Wang Xiang Zhai developed robust good health and formidable skills in martial arts.
After Guo Yun Shan's death, Wang Xiang Zhai travelled throughout China, meeting and studying with the other great martial arts masters of his day.
By the mid-1940's, Wang Xiang Zhai had developed a new style of boxing, widely hailed as supremely effective for both health and self-defense. The foundation practice of this boxing was Zhan Zhuang, the practice of simply standing still.
Wang Xiang Zhai's system is known by two names today: Yi Chuan ('Mind Boxing'), and Da Cheng Chuan ('The Great Achievement Boxing').
Master Lam Kam Chuen
Master Lam Kam Chuen lineage
Born in Hong Kong shortly after the second world war, Master Lam began his training in the martial and healing arts at the age of 11.
He went on to open his own martial arts school and clinic, specializing in herbalism and bone-setting. He also studied other classic Chinese Arts including Feng Shui, Astrology and the I Ching.
Master Lam's meeting, and subsequent training, with Professor Yu had a profound effect. He recalls: 'After this I changed everything, using the forms I already knew, but with a new power that gave my martial arts new life.' (from: The Way Of Power, by Master Lam Kam Chuen).
In 1976, Master Lam moved to London, and became the first teacher of Tai Chi for the Inner London Education Authority.
In 1987, Master Lam gave the first public demonstration of Da Cheng Chuan in the West, and has progressively and gently introduced this art to the West.
Master Lam has written books on Zhan Zhuang, Tai Chi, Feng Shui and on Chinese tea culture.
Yu Yong Nian
Professor Yu Yong Nian ( 1920 - 2014 ) lineage
Born near Beijing in February 1920, after completing his initial schooling, Professor Yu was sent for specialist medical education in Japan.
Fully trained in contemporary Western medicine, and having qualified as a dentist, he returned to China, and began work at the Beijing Railway General Hospital.
Three years later, finding himself exhausted from the constant long hours of dental practice, he began training under Grandmaster Wang Xiang Zhai.
After nine years of training, Professor Yu introduced aspects of Zhan Zhuang as treatment for internal disease at the hospital. His initial successes led to a major medical conference in 1956, at the Beijing Shoudong San Hospital, that introduced the Zhan Zhuang system to hospitals throughout China.
Professor Yu then began teaching Zhan Zhuang publicly, in the mornings in Yun Tan Park, Beijing. Ever since, he has continually promoted Zhan Zhuang for health inside and outside of China.
Professor Yu has written numerous books, and been a member of China's National Chi Kung Research Council, and consultant to the American-Chinese Chi Kung Research Group and to the Da Cheng Chuan Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung Research Groups (Europe).
Sifu Nigel Pearce
Nigel is a student of Master Lam Kam Chuen for 20 years. From the age of 12 Nigel suffered from Scheuermann's disease. This is considered to be a form of juvenile osteochondrosis of the spine. The condition causing severe lower back pain, which can be severe and disabling. For many years Nigel put up with this condition, physiotherapy was not enough and he searched for a different way to help the condition. In 1995 Nigel found the Way of Energy book by Master Lam Kam Chuen, the simple yet profound exercise of standing like a tree - Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung has been amazing. A fellow student Howard Reid author of the Soft Book Of Martial Arts suggested to that Nigel should also take treatment with Master Lam, the treatment along with the continued practice of Zhan Zhuang improved Nigel's condition dramatically and was Nigel's introduction to the Chinese art of Zhan Zhuang standing posture exercise.This is an exercise much to be valued for its health benefits not just to improve internal physical fitness for the martial arts.