the age of eight,
Professor Li Deyin
began Tai Chi and Wushu training
with his grandfather Li Yulin and Uncle Li
Professor Li is one of the
main creators of the 42 Step routine, which became the first
internationally standardised Tai Chi competition routine. He also
and choreographed the Taiji
Fu Fan form and lately the
Xiyangmei Kung Fu Fan form.
He has served as the
Vice President of the Chinese Wushu Association for many years and also
served as Chief Judge at the 11th Asian Games. He continues
teach tai chi worldwide.
He has authored a of a number of books on tai chi.
and DVD's, have become established training references in China and the
rest of the world.
(1914 - 1996)
Grand uncle Li
Ji was one of China's
foremost Tai Chi masters.
1956 Li Tianji was one of the main creators of the first standardised
tai chi forms and created the 32
step tai chi
form. He also polished the 24,
88, 48 forms and the international 42
Tian Ji graduated with honours in his training
invaluable guidance from Grand master Li Jing Lin and Sun Lu Tang.
He lectured in martial arts at Harbin University, and became
first wushu coach in the people's republic of
China. Regarded as one of the "ten best wushu masters", he is
described as the father of comtemporary wushu
and Taiji. Competition forms had to be previously approved by him.
earned the title "Father
of Contemporary Tai Chi" and the nickname
"Lung Fei", meaning "Flying Dragon", because of his outstanding