Grandmaster Huang (黃乾量) and the Tien Shan Pai (天山派) Lineage

Tien Shan Pai  (天山派)



Tien Shan Pai is a northern style which originated in the Tien Shan mountains of northwestern China. It is well known in Taiwan as an effective fighting style. At the same time, it also contains graceful empty-hand and weapons forms stressing rhythm and “ing shou”–the demonstration of power accentuated by solid thuds made by the hands. Tien Shan Pai self-defense is characterized by attacks from the side coupled with multiple blocks, so that if one block fails, the second can cover. Footwork is considered essential to countering attacks; Tien Shan Pai focuses on low, steady steps to the side, along with swift “hidden” steps to trick the opponent.

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Huang Chien-Liang (黃乾量) 

Grandmaster Huang completed his academics by completing his college education, earning a B.S. degree from the National Chung Shing University, Taiwan, R.O.C. Since then, he developed his dedication for Kuo Shu and has trained in it for over 50 years and taught for more than 40 years. In his devotion to this doctrine, he founded and served as Chairman and first term President of the World Kuo Shu Federation, and, in 2006, was re-elected for a second term. He finished his second term in 2010 and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. He is also President of the United States Kuo Shu Federation, and in 2000, he was the first inductee into the Kuo Shu Hall of Fame.
Since 1988, Grandmaster Huang has promoted and sponsored numerous national and international Kuo Shu championship tournaments; from 1986 to 2000, he served as Head Coach of the United States Kuo Shu Team, which competed in the World Cup and other international tournaments. Grandmaster Huang has been called the “Maker of Champions” because of the many competitions his students have won in forms, weapons and full-contact Lei Tai fighting. In addition to his students winning World Lei Tai Championships, at the 2nd World Kuo Shu Federation Tournament (Singapore, 2006) and the 3rd World Kuo Shu Federation Tournament (Germany, 2009), his students also won Gold medals in Tai Ji Quan form, weapons, and Push Hands. Grandmaster Huang founded the U.S. Kuo Shu Academy in Owings Mills, Maryland, USA, and teaches Tien Shan Pai Kung Fu, along with other Northern styles, as well as Tai Ji Quan, Xing Yi Quan, and Ba Qua Zhang. He was Director and Chief Arbitrator of the 7th World Cup Chinese Kuo Shu Championship in Taiwan.

Grandmaster Huang is the only full heir to the 63rd generation Tien Shan Pai Supreme Master Wang Chueh-Jen, “the Double Broadsword King of China”. As the outstanding supporter of Tien Shan Pai in the world, Grandmaster Huang has concentrated his efforts in the arena of the United States, Europe and South America. He is known internationally as “Kuo Shu World Bao Qing Tian”; China’s most famous judge, and is an international Kuo Shu Coach/Instructor and international Kuo Shu Referee “A”, the highest ranks, by the International Chinese Kuo Shu Federation (ICKF). In 2004, Grandmaster Huang received his 10th Tuan degree, the highest rank from TWKSF and was certified at the 10th Tuan level by the World Traditional Martial Arts Union.

Grandmaster Huang travels around the world teaching seminars on a variety of topics, including Dao Meditation, and he has produced videos on Tien Shan Pai, Qin Na, Tai Ji Quan, and Xing Yi Quan. He designs and implements instructor, judge and referee certification programs, and has also introduced a new grading and ranking system for TWKSF. He has been an adjunct professor in Tai Ji Quan at the Community College of Baltimore County in Essex, Maryland for over 25 years, and formerly taught Tai Ji Quan at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. He has spent much time assisting in the training of Lei Tai full-contact fighters from the United States and other countries; these fighters have gone on to win full-contact competitions at national and international Kuo Shu tournaments, including the World Kuo Shu Tournament.

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