The Tsun Nan Mountains in Shanxi Province are recognized in Chinese mythology and history as the place where many martial arts were born. Monks and religious wise men used to go to these mountains for solitary meditation. Sometimes they stayed there for many years, developing both their individual skills as martial artists and their personal worldview and philosophy of life.
The great masters were very modest, avoiding exposure, in part to avoid unwanted challenges and enemies who would be attracted by unnecessary publicity. Nevertheless, the names of some of these famous mountain hermits spread far and wide, as did their special abilities in the various martial arts.
The pursuit of good health and long life was an important element in the worldview of these monks and wise men. They included in their practice regimes elements of healing and meditation that turned their martial arts into a full and encompassing way of life, resting on deep philosophical premises and improving both physical and mental health.
There are stories about some of these masters who, even at the age of one hundred or more, were as supple, strong and full of energy as young boys. To this day, when the Chinese want to bless someone close to them, they say: "May you live as long and be as strong as the Mountains of Tsun Nan" – meaning not the mountains themselves but their legendary inhabitants of bygone days.
The Cheng Ming system, developed by Grandmaster Wang Shu Jin, combines the three main internal martial arts – Tai Chi, Hsing Yi, Ba Gua – based on traditional knowledge hundreds of years old.
The Israeli Tai Chi Center continues the tradition of Grandmaster Wang Shu Jin and his disciple Master Wang Fu Lai, teaching the three martial arts according to the way of Grandmaster Wang Shu Jin and the great masters who preceded him.
Grandmaster Wang Shu Jin was born in China and devoted his life to disseminating Chinese martial arts. Although he was most famous for his talents in Ba Gua, Grandmaster Wang Shu Jin was an expert in all three internal martial arts. He had studied in China under several famous Masters, including Chan Tsao tung, Wang Xian chi, and Shiao Hai po.
In 1948 he emigrated from China to Taiwan. In 1959 he was invited by the Japanese Karate Federation to demonstrate and teach Chinese martial arts. He continued to do so for eight years before he returned to Taiwan.
During his stay in Japan, from 1963 to 1966, he taught at the "Kuru-lu" Club of the Karate Federation. The best fighters of the world, Westerners and Easterners, came to challenge him and study with him. Among them were the famous boxer Jack Dempsey, the bodyguards of the royal family of Japan, and high-ranking karate experts. Many of his students followed him to Taiwan in order to continue their studies.
While he was still in China in 1929, a new style of Tai Chi, created by the executive committee of the Tai Chi organization at the National Academy of Martial Arts in Nanking, came to his notice. This style, called "the orthodox system", was compiled by the representatives of the five classic styles (Chan, Yang, Wu, Sun and Wo), using the main components of each style.
Grandmaster Wang Shu Jin united this style with the arts of Hsing Yi, Ba Gua and Qi Gong. In this way, he created a unique style that prepares the advanced student for Hsing Yi and Ba Gua by exploiting the advantages of Tai Chi good health and internal tranquility.
"Tai Chi is the root of all the roots," he used to say. "The Tai Chi form contains movements and principles of Ba Gua and Hsing Yi."
Grandmaster Wang Shu Jin’s strength, his expertise at the martial arts and his ability to absorb direct punches without any apparent ill effect, became a legend among martial artists and have been written up in journals and books throughout the world.
Grandmaster Wang Shu Jin used to say that after fifty years of studying the internal martial arts, he still would not dare to say that he had achieved full control over all over them. "I am still learning and pleased to be doing so. I am humbled by the greatness and generosity of my teachers who agreed to accept me as a pupil and to teach me.".
Master Wang Fu Lai began studying with Grandmaster Wang Shu Jin at the age of sixteen. He succeeded in learning his Master¹s entire teachings in tai chi, Hsing Yi and Ba Gua.
Since the death of Grandmaster Wang Shu Jin in 1981, Master Wang Fu Lai continues to fulfill his teacher’s command to disseminate the three martial arts throughout the world. He established an association in Taiwan called Chang Ming (one of Grandmaster Wang Shu Jin’s nicknames). After a few years, the government of Taiwan officially recognized the association. The association has many branches throughout the world, including Japan, Australia, the United States, and Israel.
Every year Master Wang Fu Lai is invited for workshops and demonstrations throughout the world. Since 1990, Master Wang arrives each year in Israel to lead the Israeli Tai Chi center annual seminar.
Master Huang Shu Jun is the first and oldest female student of Grand Master Wang Shu Jin. Along with her method brother, Master Wang Fu Lai, she spends all her time practicing the Cheng Ming system and distributing it worldwide.
Master Huang Shu Jun talks about the school and system:
"I hope the school is everyone's second home. There is a saying in Chinese: why is the mountain so high because it repels not a small stone, not a grain of dirt and this is how this big mountain is created. Why is the sea so big and deep, Because it receives not only large rivers but also small streams, which is why it is so deep and large.
So in our system, we think that with each new student we become stronger. It is said that it is easy to break a small stick, it is harder to break two or three sticks together and when there are many you cannot break them at all. If we can unite, our strength will be greater."
Master Huang Shu Jun has a unique personality and she inspires every student in the school. When asked if the Tai Chi has changed her personality after practicing for many years, she replied:
"This method is very soft and teaches to define one's self and give up sharp angles, so it is also good for improving personal relationships. Harmony is not only between inner yin and yang.
This is the best way to learn to give up the ego. In China and Japan, when entering dojo you need a bow, it teaches modesty and humility. When you see the teacher or the instructor, you bow. It lowers the ego. When we do this simple movement many times we allow ourselves to be much more humble and open to other people."
Master Huang Shu Jun regularly accompanies Master Wang Fu Lai to Israel. She has extensive knowledge and an in-depth understanding of varied techniques of Qi Gong and meditation and conducts workshops on the subject.