US Challenge Information
Seminars with Masters
Professor Spencer Gee
represented the USA in 1981 for the first Wushu tour to the People's Republic of China. He is a graduate from the University of Southern California specializing in the varying stages of motor development. Professor Gee is currently an adjunct professor at Hofstra University in New York, where he teaches Pankration, Tai Chi, Chinese Kung Fu, Modern Wushu, Filipino martial arts of Kali, Arnis, and Escrima, as well as the Afro-Brazilian art of Capoeira. In addition, he was a ranked tennis player in Northern California, a classically trained pianist, and a competitive ballroom dancer.
Spencer's work includes Private Instruction for conscientious entrepreneurs and individuals suffering from issues including back pain or recovering from surgery and seeking improved wellness.
Professor Gee will teach time proven traditional martial arts with modern innovative strength training; you will rejuvenate and empower every muscle and bone while sharpening your reflexes, fine-tuning your memory and improving your balance. This seminar is also very useful for adults of any age seeking to age with, or restore, vitality.
Master Chen Sitan
is the first person to win the Triple Crown event in Taiji-the Chinese National, Asian Games, and The World Championship. The current International 42 competition instructional video uses his performance as the model and guideline for all Taiji competitors.
He was elected as one of the Top 100 Chinese Wushu Masters, and he was also named on the 37 Most Influential Taiji Figures in China. His popularity has won over Taiji practitioners all around the world, and he is recognized as the “Prince of Taiji”. He is the founder of New York Tai Chi Competition and New York Tai Chi Health Qigong Event Day.
Master Chen’s seminar will focus on the details of the 42-competiton routines. Participants of all ages are welcome, but it is recommended that students have already studied and are familiar with the 42-competition routine. Master Chen will work with students on details that will improve their performances while providing a deeper understanding of the routine itself.
Grand Master Bai Wenxiang ( 白文详)
Grand Master Bai Wenxiang is a well-known senior Wushu Coach in China. He is former Head Coach to the Shaanxi Wushu Team and Coach to the Chinese National Wushu Team. His proficiency in Taiji, Xingyi, Bagua and Liuhe were under the tutelage of Mr. Zhang Tong, a renowned Chinese Wushu master. Later, under the guardianship of Mr. Liu Chuntang, Professor Ma Xianda and Mr. Ma Zhenbang he learned Wushu theory, Tongkaiquan, Chaquan, Taiji, Xingyi and other traditional Wushu styles. Grand Master Bai is an expert in Tongkuaiqiangquan, Fanziquan, Bajiquan, Praying Mantis, Taiji, Xingyi, Bagua, whip stick and two-handed sword.
He has been engaged in martial arts training and teaching for more than 50 years and has cultivated a group of Wushu elites such as Zhao Changjun and Zhang Xianping, who are well-known in the international Wushu community. In the early 1990s, he was the guest coach for the Malaysian National Wushu Team and trained outstanding international level Wushu athletes. In 2009, he immigrated to the United States and taught Taiji, Xingyi, Bagua, Tongbei and other traditional Wushu and weapons in Maryland. Currently, he lives in Massachusetts.
The Grand Master will teach two seminars in Traditional Yang Style Taiji. These seminars are recommended for participants who have already learned the routine to benefit from his teaching.
On Saturday, October 1st, he will teach 85 postures Traditional Yang Taiji from the Fu Zhongwen 傅钟文 lineage.
On Sunday, October 2nd , he will teach the 51 postures Traditional Yang Style Taiji Sword from the Zhao Youbin 赵幼斌lineage.
Grand Master Hoy Lee
When I asked Grand Master Hoy Lee for a short bio for this seminar event, he replied “Chris, I am not a writer. I act and I do”. He is a low-key and humble person, so he will probably not tell you that he was friends with Bruce Lee or that he was awarded the titles of Living Legend, Outstanding Master and American Treasure by a variety of organizations. His students have performed for President Jimmy Carter at the White House and at several foreign embassies. He has also taught White House Special Security staff and at various police departments.
From knowing him for four decades, I can also say that you can tell a lot about his character from the people associated with him. His children and students are highly skilled in Kung Fu, and they are also genuinely polite and poised. Their actions reflect the Grand Master’s teachings.
Grand Master Hoy Lee is also the founder of the Jow Ga Kung Fu Federation in the US. This system is recognized as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage” by the Chinese government. The Jow Ga Kung Fu system precisely incorporates elements from Hung Ga, Choy Ga, and Bak Siu Lum, creating just the right combination of fluidity, speed, and devastating stopping power for which this unique fighting system is best known.
In this seminar, Grand Master Hoy Lee will expand your understanding and practice of Southern-style Kung Fu by teaching you how to apply its most practical short and long techniques as well as the dynamic power of the striking force.
by Christopher Pei
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