master tianyuan li
Born in the People’s Republic of China, Tian Yuan Li began her Wushu/Kung Fu training at the age of 8. As a child she would follow her brother, who later became a professor of Wushu at the Beijing Sports University, to his martial arts lessons and follow along from the sidelines. In 1982 scouts from the Shanxi Province Sports School, one of China’s most respected sports schools which accepts less than 1 in 1000 applicants, discovered Tian’s talent and quickly recruited her as a student.
In recognition of her exceptional skill, dedication and ability, she was later accepted as a member of the Shanxi Province Wushu Team, which was at the time coached by world renowned Wushu teacher Zhang Ling Mei. As a member of the Shanxi Wushu Team from 1984-1993 Tian held several tittles:
• 1989 All China National Champion - Spear Division
• 1989 All China 2nd Place - Sword Division
• 1990 All China National Champion - Spear Division
• 1990 Performed in 1st Annual Asian Games Opening Ceremony
• 1991 All China National Champion - Spear Division
In 1989 the Chinese government recognized Tian with the tile of ‘Wu Ying Ji’, a title that has been given to very few people and represents the highest level of achievement and mastery in the arts of Wushu.
Two years later Li graduated from the Beijing Sports University, China’s most prestigious sports school which boasts such famous graduates as Jet Li. In 1994 Tain retired from competition and soon after was invited to the Chinese Wushu Association in Yokohama, Japan where she taught Tai Chi and Wushu until 2001.
While in Yokohama, she met her U.S. Navy husband and soon moved to Korea before settling in the Arlington, Washington area.
During her time in Japan she was also recruited by Sony Playstation and Sega Dreamcast as a motion capture character model for the hit game ‘Soul Calibur'. Tian has dedicated her life to the learning and teaching of Taiji and Wushu.
We are truly lucky to have the opportunity to learn from such a skilled and experienced Taiji and Wushu master.