Pei Sheng (1919- 2004)
Wang Pei Sheng was born in 1919 in Wu Qing county, HeBei. His
literary name was Wang Yin Cheng. He started training at 12 with
Ma Gui, where he learned Yin Style Ba Gua Zhang's 64 Palms, Shi
Ba Jie Saber and Tan Tui. He also learned Ruyi Tongbei Quan under
Liang Jun Bo. Broadsword form. A year later he began with Yang
Yu Ting (a student of Wang
Mao Zhai who was in his turn a direct student of founder, Wu Quan
who taught him Wu Style Tai Ji Quan. Wang Mao Zhai noticed the
boy and contributed personally and continually to his education.
Wang's reputation as someone with fighting ability grew quickly.
By the age of 15 he was already assisting Yang in the teaching
chores. Getting up at 3:00 am, he would train himself. Then, on
the opening of the Grand Temple at 6:00 he would enter and help
his teacher instruct. After this intensive schedule, he was qualified.
At 18, he began teaching on his own becoming the youngest martial
teacher in Beijing. Among other venues he taught at Beijing Normal
University. He eventually succeeded Yang Yu Ting as the head of
the Northern Wu Style Taiji Quan group. Wang was very involved
in the martial community. Among the other older generation masters
he had personal training or contact with were Wu Jian Quan, Bu
Xue Kuan, Han Mu Xia, Li Shu Wen (he became a younger "blood
brother" as the story goes), and other famous names. He was
also well respected as a fighter, having defeated many well known
one point he was away from Beijing for 18 years. On his return
he competed at the 3rd Annual Beijing Tai Chi Contest for Seniors
and won the saber division with the highest points for that weapon.
Yang Yu Ting
was a curious and highly intelligent, assimilating a wide range
of subjects from fields such as philosophy, science, medicine,
etc. His book on Wu Style Tai Chi is an excellent text for any
student, combining insights into posture, usage and acupuncture
points. In this volume he introduced a nicely abstracted 37 move
Wu Tai Chi Quan.
books, teaching and appearing on television Wang acted as president
of the Yin Cheng Gong Fa Association and the Beijing Wu Style
Taiji Quan Association. During his life he also taught at the
National Library, Beijing Normal University, and the Foreign Languages
On his passing
in March of 2004 his funeral was attended by hundreds to pay their
respects to this esteemed teacher.
Book on Tai Chi
VCD's on Wu Style Tai Chi