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Huang Xing-xian



Huang Sheng Shyan or Huang Xingxian (1910 – December 1992) was born in Minhou County of the Fujian province in Mainland China. He began studying Fujian White Crane with Xie Zhong-Xian at the age of 14. In 1947 he resettled in Taiwan where he became a disciple of Cheng Man-ch'ing. Yang Ch'eng-fu as the grandson of the Yang style founder, had been Cheng Man-Ching’s teacher. Huang committed himself to this tradition for the next 45 years. In 1955 Huang Sheng Shyan along with eight fellow students of Cheng Man-Ching, represented the Shih Chung Association, in the Provincial Chinese Martial Arts Tournament. Huang was adjudged champion in the taijiquan section and runner-up in the open section. Huang emigrated to Singapore in 1956 and then in the 60’s moved to Malaysia, both times with the expressed purpose of propagating the art of taijiquan.

At the age of 60 Huang Sheng Shyan again demonstrated his abilities in taijiquan by defeating Liao Kuang-Cheng, the Asian champion wrestler 26 throws to 0 in a fund raising event in Kuching Malaysia.

By the time of his death in December 1992, he had established 40 schools and taught 10,000 people throughout South East Asia. Huang was considered by some to be the most highly achieved student of Zheng Manqing. In Robert W. Smith’s book, Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods Smith writes: “[William] Chen probably climbed higher than any of Cheng Man-Ching’s students, except the converted White Crane boxer Huang Sheng-Hsien (who after learning t’ai chi moved to Singapore and acquired some fame there…)”

The Early Days (White Crane)

Prior to to learning Tàijíquán, Master Huang Sheng-Shyan was a renowned exponent of White Crane in Fujian province, China. From the age of 14 he learned White Crane directly from Xie Zhong-Xiang, who was already an old man. After a few years of personal tutelage and still only in his late teens, Huang was sent by Xie to study full-time for two years with his eldest disciple Ch’en Shih Ting.

In 1930 Master Huang went on to train with another famous White Crane exponent P’an Ch’un-Nien, who also began teaching him the use of medicinal herbs, and stimulated an interest in Huang for other Chinese Martial Arts. In pursuit of these Huang moved to Shanghai, where he first began teaching White Crane. He returned to his own village in 1934 at the request of P’an Ch’un-Nien to take part in County competitions. Huang not only convincingly won the competition he went on to the finals of the provincials. There he was runner up to Chang Jih-Chang, whom Huang had previously knocked down but drawn with in a preliminary round.

Due to his age and success Huang became known in Fujian as “Young Hero”, and later played an active role in the war with Japan. The recognition of his fighting abilities quickly earning him the rank of colonel. Following the Communist take-over of mainland China, Master Huang emigrated to Taiwan. There he met and knelt before Cheng Man-Ching an outstanding exponent of Taijiquan. For seven years he devoted himself to being a disciple of Cheng and his Art of Taijiquan, before moving to Singapore in 1958.

His Student, Wee Kee Jin

Wee Kee Jin learned the art from Master Huang Sheng Shyan, who explained that it would be an aid to him developing the elusive 'relaxed force' of Tàijíquán.

Wee Kee Jin was one of only a small number of students to learn the complete system from Master Huang in his later years. He has taught the system to a handful of students in the UK and Europe, and every second year he will run a workshop in Norwich, UK.

taiji/huang_xing-xian.txt · Last modified: 2019/02/12 06:17 by serena