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Tai Chi 
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 Jainyun

"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

Sifu 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.

Curious 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. 

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