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Grandmaster Liu Yun Qiao died on Jan. 21, 1992.

This page contains his obituary published in Taiwan at the time and pictures from his funeral.

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Grandmaster Liu Yun Qiao

The Legacy of the Late Grandmaster Liu Yun Qiao

Grandmaster Liu Yun Qiao, style-named Xiao Chen, was born in Beitou Village, Cangzhou County, Hebei Province. As a child, Grandmaster Liu was in very poor health. At the age of five, at the request of his father, he learned Tai Zu Changquan (Emperor's Longfist) from their family bodyguard Zhang Yao Ting in order to help improve his condition. His initial martial arts training was intended to activate improved blood circulation and activate his qi. He went on to also learn Mizong I from Zhang Yao Ting. When Liu was seven, his father hired the baji/spear Master Li Shu Wen. Well known for his martial arts skills throughout five Northern provinces, he became Liu's personal trainer, living in the Liu estate. For more than ten years Liu was personally trained daily in Li Shu Wen's system of bajiquan, pigua zhang, and liuhe da qiang (six harmony big spear). This provided Liu with a solid foundation in the martial arts which lasted throughout his life.


Master Yang escorts GM Liu's widow
At age twenty, Liu traveled throughout Shandong province with Li Shu Wen. He learned his system of Yang style taijiquan, including the sword and sabre, and the kun wu sword from his senior kung fu brother the General/Warlord Zhang Xiang Wu. Li Shu Wen later modified the kun wu sword by adding numerous fajing movements to create two levels of the baji sword. Through Zhang Xiang Wu, Liu was introduced to the liuhe tanglang quan (six harmony praying mantis) Master Ding Zi Cheng and he proceeded, through discipleship, to learn the system. At the age of twenty-six he was introduced to the Yin Fu bagua Master Gong Bao Tian and followed him as a closed-door-student to Yantai, Shandong province to intensely study this complex martial art. All three martial artists were distinguished masters of their time. From that point on, Liu traveled throughout Northern China accepting and winning challenges from other Chinese, Russian, and Japanese practitioners. During this time he exchanged martial arts knowledge with many martial arts masters, such as the great Chen taiji master, Chen Fake. As he matured, Liu's philosophy encompassed more and more of the Daoist yin yang theory of universal change. Baji/pigua, baguazhang, and liuhe tanglang quan became the three capital pillars of his martial arts tripod supported by the three philosophical schools of Confucius, Buddhism, and Daoism. His martial arts system embodied both physical and spiritual essence yielding a traditional virtue which influenced many generations of current martial artists.
Crypt containing GM Liu's remains
After July 7th, 1937, Liu was admitted into Huangpu Military School, 7th Branch, 15th Session. He received his military training in Feng Xiang, Shaanxi Province. After his graduation in the spring of 1939, he was assigned to Tai Hang Mountain. He engaged in many life and death battles during this time. He was appointed as a Company Commander, a Battalion Commander, and later a Regimental Commander in the First Army Division.

Master Yang placing GM Liu's remains
At age thirty-two (1941), he was appointed the commander of the Northwest China Reconnaissance Troop. In that year, he also married Zhu Jian Xia of Bao Ji County. Throughout their lives they shared both the hardships and happiness of their time.

Master Yang and senior disciples at GM Liu's altar

In 1943, Liu was appointed as the General Staff Director of the Sichuan and Shaanxi Border District Headquarters. In 1949, he arrived in Taiwan. He held the posts of Director of Personnel Department of the Paratroopers' Headquarters, Colonel General Staff of the Personnel Sub-Department of the National Defense Ministry; and the Northern District Center Director of the Logistics Department of the General Headquarters. He retired from military service and devoted his time toward the popularization and preservation of the traditional martial arts of China.

Master Yang, Master Su and Master Adam Hsu at GM Liu's altar
In 1968, Grandmaster Liu traveled throughout the overseas Chinese communities of Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines to demonstrate and teach his traditional martial arts. Upon returning to Taiwan, he was recommended to Mr. Jiang Jin Guo by his fellow officer General Kong Ling Sheng to the position of martial arts coach for the President's Garrison. He spent many hard and intense hours training these personnel. In March, 1978, he created four sessions to develop martial arts trainers and established the Seven Seas Garrison Group. Liu also started the Journal of Martial Arts and the Wu Tan Development Center for Traditional Chinese Martial Arts. During this twenty year period Grandmaster Liu also served as security for Jian Gai Shek, Jiang Jing Guo, and Li Deng hui. In addition to the martial arts center, Liu established ten branches throughout Taiwan and ten overseas divisions. His disciples number near 10,000 and many have established their own schools overseas.

Master Yang and his senior disciples outside Wu Tan Development Center

Grandmaster Liu often said that "only by being able to see our infinity can one's life be refined and developed from time to time." From childhood until his advanced age, Grandmaster Liu always practiced this philosophy. Although Grandmaster Liu has passed away, his spirit continues to grow for he had seen the mystery of infinity and many new lives have been touched by his martial arts and philosophy. He was, we are; his spirit will never die.

Irene and Master Yang
Funeral Committee, Taipei, Taiwan, 1992.
translated by Joy Qiu, BS, CPA, Re-edited by Robert A. Figler, Ph.D.

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