“It was during this time that Master Liu Jishun became one of Hao Shaoru’s first two students. In the 60+ years since Master Liu Jishun has never stopped practicing this style.” Article ongoing, please check back.
Master Liu Jishun is one of the world’s leading experts on Hao style taiji and has more than 60 years of experience in the practicing and teaching of the style. Master Liu started learning Hao tai chi from Grand Master Hao Shaoru in 1960 for a duration of 23 years. He became Hao’s teaching assistant in 1963, he also demonstrated the style alongside Grand Master Hao in public. In 1981, Grand Master Hao formally recognised Liu as his most advanced student, he was also asked to represent the Hao style in the First National Taiji Invitational Competition (held in Zhejiang Province by the Chinese National Sports Committee) as a judge. Since then Master Liu is recognised in the tai chi community in China as the leading Wu Hao style expert. He has been invited to teach the Hao system all over China. He was invited by the Chin Woo [Chinese Martial Arts Association] in Singapore to teach the Wu (Hao) style. Master Liu has 18 senior (closed-door) students in China and several others throughout the world, including US and Europe.
Career highlights of Master Liu’s tai chi: – Judge and official representative of the Wu (Hao) style, First National Tai Chi Invitational Competition, Zhejiang, China, 1981. All the judges in this Competition were top tai chi artists from the major tai chi styles, including Ma Yueh-Liang of the Wu [Chien Chuan] style, Chen Xiaowang of the Chen style, Yang Zhenduo of the Yang style, and Zhou Yuen-Long and He Bing-Quan from Shanghai. – Vice President (1983-1986) and President (1986-1989) of the Shanghai Wu (Hao) Tai Chi Association. (Master Pu Gongda was President during 1983-1986.) The Association published a regular journal on Wu (Hao) style that ran for 9 issues. – Master Liu was also invited to represent the Wu (Hao) style in the various national tai chi events in China, including: * National Tai Chi Conference, Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 1986. * National Tai Chi Invitational Conference, Canton, China, 1988. * International Tai Chi Conference, Yongnian, Hebei, China, 1991.
Master Liu was born in 1930 in China, studied International Law. He is an accomplished TCM Tuina doctor and has been practicing TCM tuina professionally since 1957 throughout China, until retiring as a senior TCM specialist in a Shanghai hospital. He also coached on western boxing, free style fighting and swimming throughout his adult life.