Grandmaster Li Li-Qun (1925-2013)
Grandmaster Li Li-Qun began his martial arts training at 8 years of age under the influence of his father. He first started training in Shaolin Kung Fu then Xing Yi Quan (Hsing-I Chuan), Hua Dong Quan and various forms of Tai Ji Quan (Sun, Wu and Yang styles) as well as Qi Gong (Chi Kung). He eventually went on to focus particularly on Wu Style and became a disciple of the renowned Master Ma Yueh-Liang (1901-1998), his the 4th generation of Wu Style Tai Ji. Grandmaster Li is also a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, specialising in Qi Gong.
Grandmaster Li is now an expert of Wu Style and has been teaching for over 40 years. During his 50 years of practicing Qi Gong he has established and been involved in many Qi Gong clinics and Tai Ji and Qi Gong organizations in China and overseas.
In 1981, with the help of his son, Master Li Shen-Guang he founded China's "Step Back" Qi Gong, one of the 21 Qi Gong systems officially recognized by the Chinese government. He is the author of many books which include:
- Step Back Qi Gong
- Qi Gong Tian Di Ren Qi (Heaven, Earth, Being)
- Wu Style Tai Ji Slow Form
- Wu Style Tai Ji Fast From
- Wu Style Broadsword
- Wu Style Sword
- Wu Style 13 & 24 Form Spear
- Wu Style Pushing Hands & Moving Pushing Hands
- Currently preparing Wu Style Confronting Spear
Over 150 articles have been written about Grandmaster Li in more than 50 newspapers and magazines around the world. He has been invited to teach in many countries some of which includes: Australia, U.S.A, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan and has been many private students in these countries.
Some of his Tai Ji Quan and Qi Gong teaching experience:
- 1983-84 — East China Technical University (China)
- 1988-89 — Tokyo Tai Ji College (Japan)
- 1989-90 — Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China)
- 1992-94 — Shanghai Teaching University (China)
- 1996-98 Virginia Commonwealth University (USA)
Grandmaster Li was the first chairman of the Shanghai Qi Gong Master's Association and Managing Director of the Shanghai Society of Qi Gong for Rehabilitation. He is the Deputy Executive Secretary of the annual Yong Nian International Tai Ji Conference as the Wu Style representative, Honorary President of The Australian College of Tai Chi & Qi Gong, Honorary Advisor to the Shanghai University Qi Gong Centre, Honorary Chairman of the USA Wu Style Tai Ji Association and Chairman of the China's Step Back Qi Gong Association.