Grandmaster Li Tai Liang’s Bio

Grandmaster Li Tai Liang is a worldwide renowned Chinese martial artist with over 40 years of professional teaching experiences in both traditional martial arts and modern fighting arts. Grandmaster Li has taught at Shaolin Temple in China, and the Beijing Sanshou (Chinese Kickboxing) Team.

Grandmaster Li Tai LiangGrandmaster Li Tai Liang is an esteemed martial arts master who is recognized and acclaimed both in the United States and China. In 1996, Grandmaster Li made the difficult and momentous decision to leave his home and distinguished career in China in order to teach in the West the great gifts internal martial arts has to offer: fighting techniques, self-defense skills, and his understanding of the true nature of the deeper roots of martial arts in the meditative mind, clear intention, and cultivation of internal power and physical health through the practice of these arts.

Born in Shanxi province, China, Grandmaster Li learned Xingyiquan and Shaolin Kung Fu from his father Li Shiquan, who was a student of the famous Bu Xuekuan who in turn learned Xingyi from Che Yizhai, who was the student of Xingyi’s modern originator, Li Luoneng.  Grandmaster Li also learned the more ancient and internal ancestor of Xingyiquan, called Dai Style Xinyiquan from Wang Yinghai, also known as Tao Yuan Zi.  It was Dai Style Xinyiquan that Li Luoneng knew and modified to create modern Xingyiquan.

Grandmaster Li learned Baguazhang from Grandmaster Zhang Fengjing. This style of Baguazhang pre-dates Dong Haichuan and is simply known as old Bagua or Taoist Bagua. Grandmaster Li is a closed door disciple of Wang Rongtang, who was a disciple of Yang Mingshan. Yang Mingshan was a disciple of Cheng Tinghua, who learned his Baguazhang from Dong Haichuan, the art’s founder.

Grandmaster Li was selected to join the Wushu Department of Beijing Sport University (this elite level sport university trained numerous Olympic gold medalists) to study Sanda (Chinese Kickboxing) and various forms of martial arts, including baguazhang, taijiquan, pao quan, western boxing and modern wushu. Grandmaster Li’s instructors included the illustrious 1936 Wushu Olympian, Professor Zhang Wenguang. Grandmaster Li developed special expertise in Sanda, winning the National Chinese Martial Arts Competition in Sanda. Upon retiring from competition, Grandmaster Li become the first coach of the Beijing Sanda team. He was the head coach for the Shaolin Temple’s Sanda program, and was the chief referee for the National Sanda Competition.

From the age of five, Grandmaster Li has studied, practiced, cultivated, and integrated traditional and modern martial arts. With his intimate knowledge he has created a developmental system called Xinyi-Dao, which unites the essential elements of Shaolin Kung Fu, Internal Martial Arts, & Sanda into a complete modern system for self-defense, health, and fitness that is available and comprehensible for everyone.

Grandmaster Li Tai Liang with His Teacher Professor Zhang Wenguang of Beijing Sport University

Photo of Grandmaster Li With His Wushu Professor Zhang Wenguang of Beijing Sport University

Grandmaster Li Tai Liang Teach At Shaolin Temple

Photo of Grandmaster Li Teaching Kung Fu & Sanda at the Shaolin Temple in Henan Province

Grandmaster Li Tai Liang Demonstrate Internal Power Generation

Photo of Grandmaster Li Demonstrating Internal Power Generation At a Seminar

Historical Photos of Grandmaster Li

Photo of Grandmaster Li Serving as the First Head Coach of Beijing Sanda (Chinese Kickboxing) Team. His Team of Athletes Competed at the First National Wushu Sanshou Competition and won several gold medals. This Competition Took Place in November 17, 1982.

Photo of Grandmaster Li as a Child with His Xingyiquan Grand Teacher (the famous Grandmaster Bu Xuekuan) and His Teammates of the Shanxi Province Taigu County Wushu Team, on October 1st, 1965. Xingyiquan was Originated in Taigu County by its Founder Li Ruoneng.

Grandmaster Li’s Publications

Books Published in Chinese

– Chinese Sanda Sparring –
– Women’s Self-Defense –
– Police Stick Techniques –
– Chinese Xingyiquan Boxing –
– Joint Locks and Striking –

Instructional DVD Series

– Shaolin Kung Fu –
– Xingyiquan –
– Baguazhang –
– Taijiquan –
– Daoist Qigong –

Grandmaster Li’s Demonstrations

Grandmaster Li demonstrating Xingyi Quan form

Grandmaster Li demonstrating close range shoulder strike application

Grandmaster Li demonstrating Xingyi Quan form

Grandmaster Li demonstrating close range blocking application


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