We are happy to announce that Chinatown Internal Arts will be hosting Master Luo de Xiu again this October!
Master Luo De Xiu of Taipei, Taiwan, is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost experts in the Chinese Internal Arts. Master Luo has been practicing for over 40 years and teaching for over 35 years. He received his fundamental training from Zhang Zhun-Feng's student, Hong Yi-Xiang. Later, he went on to study with many of Zhang's other students, including master, Liu Qian of the renowned Sun Xikun branch of Ba Gua Zhang. He been giving seminars worldwide on Xing-yi Chuan, Bagua Zhang, Tai Ji Chuan, as well as various methods of Qi-gong since 1993.
Master Luo's years of personal practice, research into the theory, and teachings of the internal arts, as well as his experience in many full-contact competitions, gives him the ability to explain internal theory, proper body mechanics, health benefits and fighting theory in a way that is clear and easy to understand to people of all levels. Through working with various students both home and abroad, master Luo has developed a practical approach and teaching methodology to clearly develop one’s personal skill and practice of the Chinese Internal Arts through this seminar format.
I met Master Luo in 2005, and have trained with him at his various US workshops for the past eleven years. I have always found training with him inspiring, profound, and and really fun. After decades of practice and teaching, He remains a very energetic, enthusiastic, and open teacher. He is a treasure trove of martial arts experience, and very good at giving the individual student insight on what they already know. This is a rare opportunity to train with him, and experience instruction from an exceptional practitioner!
About Luo Dexiu
Luo Dexiu of Taipei, Taiwan, world renowned Internal Martial Arts instructor entered the Tang Shou Tao (唐手道) school of Master Hong Yixiang (洪懿祥) in 1971. Master Hong Yixiang himself gained worldwide attention when he was featured as the first teacher in the chapter The Not-so-little-Elephant, in Robert Smith’s seminal classic book, Chinese Boxing Masters and Methods. When Luo began his study of the Internal Martial Arts, he initially devoted himself to the practice of Xingyiquan with an emphasis on tournament competition. and later went on to become one of Master Hong Yixiang's best fighters, who were all known to be among the most successful tournament competitors of the full-contact Taiwan scene of the 1960’s and 1970’s. As Luo matured in his skills, and with an increased frequently encountering opponent’s who were much larger than him, peaked his interest in Baguazhang. He became intrigued with Bagua zhang’s deceptively indirect, strategy which was well suited in handling opponents of larger size. Bagua Zhang was at the core of the skills taught by master Hong Yixiang, having been passed directly from Zhang Junfeng(張俊峰), who trained under Gao Yisheng (高義盛), a master in the Cheng Tinghua (程廷華) branch of Baguazhang. Zhang Junfeng had brought the Gao style of Baguazhang to Taiwan. Luo Dexiu studied Gao style Baguazhang with Hong Yixiang, and sought out many of Zhang's first generation students as well, which including Hong Yixiang's brothers Hong Yiwen (洪懿文) and Hong Yimian (洪懿棉). Luo went on to continue his research of Baguazhang with Liu Qian, an early student of the renown Xing-yi and Bagua Master Sun Xikun.
In 1983 Luo appeared in the BBC's “Way of the Warrior” martial art series, demonstrating Bagua Zhang, but came into wide attention in the west in the early 1990’s, when he appeared in a series of featured articles in the seminal Chinese Internal Martial Arts Publication, The Pakua Chang Journal. In 1993, along with his student Tim Cartmell, who acted as translator and demonstration partner, he started teaching a popular series of Xing-yi-chuan and Bagua Zhang seminars in the USA. He shortly after appeared in the instructional VHS instructional series, Principles of BaGua Zhang Fighting, and Gao Style BaGua: Practice and Application.
In 2004 he appeared in the book, Nei Jia Quan: Internal Martial Arts Teachers of Tai Ji Quan, Xing Yi Quan, and Ba Gua Zhang by Jess O'Brien
Luo Dexiu continues to hold worldwide seminar tours annually on Gao style Baguazhang, Hebei Xingyiquan, Tai Ji Quan, and health related practices throughout America, Europe, and the Middle East. He can still be found instructing classes in Taipei, Taiwan.