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Nganga Mfundishi Tolo-Naa
Mfundishi Olafemi A. Watangulizi has studied with Nganga Mfundishi Tolo-Naa (Raymond Cooper) since 1977. Nganga Mfundishi Tolo-Naa began studying martial arts when he was twelve. Though the mid-1960s he competed successfully in Karate tournaments in the United States and Canada. In 1964 he took second place in the World Karate Championship. He has studied a broad range of martial arts including Jiu jitsu, Judo, Karate, Tae kwon do, Akido, Shao lin, Bando, Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing-yi Chuan, Pa-Kua Chang, and many long and short weapon routines. He is the originator of the Shackle Hand Style of self-defense. He is a student of many meditative disciplines including Taoist Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Tantra Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. He received his initiation in Tibetan Tantra meditation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. For the past 29 years, Nganga has concentrated on the study of Chinese internal systems with Professor Huo Chi-Kwang and the late GrandMaster Lu Hung-Ping. Nganga Mfundishi Tolo-Naa founded the All-African Peoples Art and Cultural Center in the 1960s. In the 1980s he started the Maat Center for martial arts in Chicago Heights (Ill.). He is co-founder of the Kupigana Ngumi Martial Arts Federation and founder of the Martial Arts Research Society/Systems. In 1987, he founded QuieScience Sacred Science Temple (QSST), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting personal development through the martial arts. It has no religious affiliations.
Professor Huo Chi-Kwang
Professor Huo Chi-Kwang was born in the Hopei province of China and attended University of Peiping. He was a master of calligraphy, painting, and poetry . He represents the 16th generation of calligraphers in his notable family of scholars. He was also a scholar of Chinese literature, history, and philosophy. In addition, he was a master boxer. During World War II, Professor Huo was president of the National Oriental Languages College in China. Following the war, he traveled widely through China and Europe, exchanging calligraphy with Pablo Picasso and presenting his work to three Roman Catholic Popes and various cardinals. He exhibited and demonstrated his work at several universities and cultural institutions in the United States. Professor Huo had complete training in the Chinese physical disciplines. He studied Tai Chi Chuan and was the third generation of Pa-Kua Chuan masters. He traces his instructor lineage back to a hermit monk who refused the usage of his name. In Taipei in 1965, Professor Huo co-founded the Tai Chi Chuan Learning Society. He came to Chicago in the 1970s. He founded the Chinese Cultural Academy in Evanston (Ill.) and was the first to teach Tai Chi Chuan in the Chicago area. Professor Huo was in his early nineties when he died in January 1998.
Grand Master Lu Hung-Ping
Grand Master Lu Hung-Ping was a famous internal arts master who taught in Chicago from 1987 until his death in 1990 at the age of 91. He was well versed in all the traditional Chinese martial arts, had studied with a great many teachers, and was himself, a famous teacher. GrandMaster Lu was probably the worlds authority on Pa-Kua Chuan, which was his specialty. His name is inscribed on the tomb of the founder of Pa-Kua Chuan in Beijing. GrandMaster Lu learned Taoist techniques and Tai Chi Chuan from Master Liao Kung, a famous Taoist monk, known as the "Earth Fairy." Master Liao Kung, who reportedly lived over 200 years, named Master Lu his disciple on the night of Master Lu's birth. Master Liao Kung was also the teacher of Master Lu's grandparents and of Master Lu's Pa-Kua Chuan teacher, Cheng Yu-Lung. Master Lu's grandparents were well-known Hsing-yi masters. His grandmother began teaching him Hsing-yi when he was 5. Master Lu's father was also a martial artist and won one of the last tournaments in the Ching dynasty. Master Lu also studied with the famous internal arts master, Sung Shih-Jung. During a 7-year retreat in the mountains with his teachers, Masters Liao Kung, Cheng Yu-Lung, and Sung Shih-Jung, GrandMaster Lu received instruction in all their combined knowledge. At the age of 30, GrandMaster Lu opened the first school for Pa-Kua and Hsing-yi Chuan in Tientsin (China) where he taught only other masters. At forty he became the head of the Tao Te Wushu Shr, a famous martial arts organization. GrandMaster Lu Hung-Ping was well-versed in calligraphy, Taoist and Buddhist classics, as well as in martial arts and weapons training. In his later years, he traveled and taught his belief in Tai Chi Chuan as a way of life and as a way to achieve and maintain health, harmony, and balance within oneself and within the world.