Sun Style Lineage
By all accounts, Sun Lu Tang was an extraordinary
man. Born in 1861 in Hebei Provience, Sun was the child of a poor farmer. Sun's father, recognizing the boy's intelligence,
wanted to provide him with a good education. Unfortunately, he could only afford two years of formal schooling for Sun before
he lost everything to poor harvests and the Qing dynasty's oppressive taxes
Here the young Sun's life begins to resemble
a Kung Fu movie. After his father's death, sun, a small and frail seeming child, went to work as a servant for a cruel master
with an even crueler son. The young boy worked hard and silently endured the beating until one day, while out herding sheep,
he saw a group of men practicing martial arts. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.
Sun Lu Tang, the founder of Sun Style tai
chi, combined the essence of tai chi , xing yi, and bagua to formulate the unique fighting style of Sun tai chi. The
Sun style is considered one of the four major styles of tai chi and is widely practiced throughout China and also in America,
where it is lesser known.
Sun Lu Tang
"Sun Jianyun, is the daughter of Sun Lutang,
who was a famous Wushu master and the founder of Sun's Taijiquan. She was born in Wangdu, Hebei Province, in 1914 and
passed away in 2003. She undertook her family tradition, and had the essences and soul of Xingyiquan, Eight Trigram Palm
and Taijiquan. Following her father, Sun Lutang, she had taught Taijiquan in Wushu gymnasium of Juangsu Province. She
had held the posts: deputy president of Beijing Wushu Association, director of Beijing Sun's Style Taijiquan Institute,
honored director of Xingyiquan Institute. Her works include The Records of Sun Lutang's Learning Military, Sun's
Style Taijiquan, The Simplified Routine of Sun's Style Taijiquan, Xingyi Sword, and Eight Forms of Xingyi."
Grand Master Kwong Wing Lam
Kwong Wing Lam was born in Canton and began his training in Chinese martial arts in Hong Kong at age eight. He began his studies
in Tai Chi. But because of its slow movements and focus on meditation rather than physical activity, Tai Chi was a poor choice
for one of his age. After about six months he lost interest and quit. A year later he began studying Southern Hung Ga from
Master Chiu Chao and his son, Master Chiu Wei. In this style Sifu Lam discovered the fun of practicing Kung Fu.
to know more about the arts, Sifu Lam also studied Northern Hung Gaunder Master Yen Shang Wo for six years. He spent his childhood
mornings training with the Chius, and his evenings training with Yen Shang Wo.
This traditional Kung Fu training was
taught in a very strict manner. Techniques and movements of a set were taught step by step, with the student practicing on
their own to master the movement and understand the concepts behind them. No new material would be shown unless the student
could master the previous lesson.
Upon completing the Hung Ga and Shaolin systems, he spent another ten years learning
other styles such as Five Animal Fist, Praying Mantis, Ha Say Fu Hung Gar, and Wing Tsun, with such notable masters as Leung
Hua Chu and Lum Jow. In addition, Sifu Lam hit sand bags for Iron Palm training, and practiced Chi Kung (Iron Body) for strength.
He also completed the Tai Chi system from Master Yen. Sifu Lam also learned Xing Yi, Bagua and Sun Style Tai Chi learning
under Sun Jian Yun, the daughter of Sun Lu Tang, founder of Sun Style Tai Chi.