GRANDMASTER ZHU CHANG HAI
in the meantime, there is a short autobiography
I was born in 1963 in the city of Shenyang, Liaoning Province, North-East China. I began studying Wushu from age 7 and learned many forms of traditional Chinese Martial Arts. While studying Wushu over the past 49 years, I have been fortunate to find several great teachers.
In 1980 I began to study Seven Star Praying Mantis Fist with 8th Duan Master Hou Rui Ting, 5th Generation Master of the Qingping Sword. Master Hou was a family student of the famous Seven Star Praying Mantis Fist, Wang Qingzhai. Master Hou's Seven Star Praying Mantis can be traced back to the great Wang Lang, (Long Bao village in Ji Mo county of Shan Dong province, AD 960-1126). Master Hou is highly respected throughout China for his deep understanding and promotion of Seven Star Praying Mantis Fist. While learning Seven Star Praying Mantis, I was privileged and honoured to be invited to become a Tudi student of Master Huo and I am now 11th generation of Seven Star Praying Mantis Fist.
In 1985 I was introduced and began to study under the tuition of 8th Duan Master Li Di Run, 4th Generation Master of Yang Family Style Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi). Master Li Di Run's lineage can be traced back to the great Master Yang Lu Chan (Kuang-p'ing, Hebei Province, 1799-1872). Master Li also introduced me to several other family styles of Tai Ji Quan including Chen family style. I was privileged and honored to be invited to become a Tudi student of Master Li and continue to develop my knowledge and skills in a field of Yang family style Tai Ji Quan.
In 2006 I became a Tudi student of 9th Duan Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, 19th Generation master of Chen family Taijiquan and one of the modern day great Grandmasters of Wushu. Grandmaster Chen's family lineage can be traced back to the legendary founder of Chen family Taijiquan Chen Wang Ting, (Chenjiagou, Henan province, 1580–1660). Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang is one of the few holders of the highest rank, 9th Duan Wei conferred by the Chinese Wushu Association not only for his own high level of achievement in Taijiquan (Tai Chi), but also for the impact of his substantial worldwhile contributions in introducing, promoting and developing Chen style Taijiquan
Each of my Masters has bestowed upon me the essence and traditional values of Wushu ; for this I am truly grateful. I now instill in my students these core principals of Wushu practice and continue to encourage and motivate them to share the wonderful gift of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts with people from all over the World.