Taiji in Centenyal Park Sydney


Tony Ward

This is my story of how I connected to Master Huang
In 1986 through a letter of introduction, I travelled to Taiwan and was accepted as a student of Master Huang Sheng-Shyan with whom I continued to study with until in 1992 (at the time of the Master's death).
Meeting Master Huang was for me a huge relief. Up until this point I had read so many books, heard thousands of stories, and studied for many years with teachers of Tai Chi and many other martial arts.
You know, so many speak about this amazing art and the extraordinary possibilities. But when it comes to actual experience, the principles seem to be lost very quickly. The softness and relaxation unfortunately turns to shoving and resisting.
Master Huang was the first person I met to 'walk his talk'. He embodied the principles of the art of Tai Chi. He would demonstrate them absolutely freely. To anyone prepared to experience his touch he would demonstrate with no doubt that softness definitely overcomes hardness.
So the relief for me was that a true master of Tai Chi actually existed, and that he was prepared to take me on as a student.
I then made a very clear decision to drop everything in my life and follow Master Huang's teachings.
At that time he was in his late 70's, so I knew that my time with him would possibly be short. He died 7 years later. My contact with Master Huang although brief, has had the most profound effect on my life.

Master Huang Sheng-Shyan (1910-1992)

Huang Sheng-Shyan was born in Fukien province in Mainland China. He began his martial arts career at the age of 14, learning Taoist healing and martial arts.
He was an expert in the art of Fukien white crane, learning from the renowned Master Xie Zhong-Xian.
Huang Sheng-Shyan combined Ming He Quan (White Crane Boxing), Lohan Quan (Monk Fist), and Tai Chi’s internal boxing to make his art extremely powerful and his skills unearthly.
The system that he created to develop and teach his skills is unique amongst other systems. He invented the Five Body Loosening (Song Shen Wu Fa) gradually and continuously loosen the body which allows his descendants to more easily develop Tai Chi’s internal energy and power.
At age 37 he moved to Taiwan and for the next ten years studied tai chi with professor Cheng Man-Ching. Over the next 30 years he committed himself to teaching tens of thousands of students, establishing a network of schools throughout Southeast Asia.
He refined and developed the art of Tai Chi taking it to new heights to achieve almost legendary status.
Today Master Huang's teachings continue to spread worldwide and cover every aspect, whether for health, martial arts or spiritual development.
"Tai Chi is not a martial art meant for bragging and antagonistic purposes. A Tai Chi exponent needs to understand the principles and philosophy of the art.
No one should deviate from these principles and philosophy. The movements can be developed and modified but the principles are eternal." Master Huang Sheng-Shyan
"The external forms may differ from person to person but the principles are standard and unvarying. Because of this there is no basis for differentiation by schools. Instead a spirit of a single family should prevail. Common interest of the art should take precedence over personal interest. An open attitude should emerge." Master Huang Sheng-Shyan