Master Liu Xiao Ling was born in 1950 in Shanghi, China, in a family
that traces its ancestral home to Wanping County of Hebei
Province.As a child, he had an ardent love for wushu.In
the beginning of the 1960's, he was apprenticed to a well-known
teacher of Shaolin Wushu, Master Jing Xiang Bao, who was
the disciple of the famous wushu master, Dong Zhong Yi.These
first teachers guided him in laying a solid foundation for
his later wushu career.
In the early
1970's, Master Liu became a disciple of the famous master,
Pei Xi Rong. It was with Grand Master Pei that he studied
Hebei Xing Yi, Ba Gua, Tai Chi, Wu Dang Wushu, and Wu Dang
Qigong.Grand Master Pei was a student of Fu Jian Qiu, who
was famous for his Wu Dang expertise.In the 1980s, Master
Liu studied Liu He Ba Fa (Water Boxing) under Masters Li
Dao Li and Liang Qi Zhong.
In the 1990's,
Master Liu became the disciple of Master Guo Rei Xiang,
and learned Tong Bi, Pi Gua, and Miao Saber.Guo Rei Xiang
was known as one of the ten best Chinese Wushu Masters of
his time.In addition, Master Liu has received guidance and
teachings from Masters Ji Jing Shan, Zhou Kai Long, Xu Wen
Zhong, and Li Zhun Si, and from the famous master of Shanxi
style Xing Yi, Gao Bao Dong.
Master Liu is
recognized for his masteries in Fan Zi Quan, Ba Xian Sword,
Liu He Spear, Wu Hou Saber, Xing Yi, Ba Gua, Tai Chi, Liu
He Ba Fa, Miao Saber, Pi Gua, Chin Na, Ton Bi, Xing Yi Big
Spear, and Qigong. From 1978 to 1983, Master Liu competed
in many traditional wushu tournaments in Shanghi and won
medals every year.In 1982, as part of the Shanghi Wushu
Team, Master Liu went to Xian to take part in the National
Traditional Wushu Competition. He received a gold medal
for his performance of the Xing Yi Thirteen Spears. In 1993,
Master Liu attended the First International Ba Gua Zhang
Friendship Conference in Beijing, where he demonstrated
and received award.
In the late-19700s,
Master Liu focused on the research and practice of Wu Dang
and other styles of Qigong. In 1983, he served as the coach
for the Wushu Association at Fudan University. In 1984,
Master Liu published articles, including one titled Xing
Yi Eight Word Gung, on the Wu Lin martial arts magazine.
In 1986, Master Liu became the director of the Chinese Wushu
Training Center of Haikou City in Hainan Province. He taught
northern Chinese style wushu, and became the first person
to teach Ba Gua Zhang in Hainan Province. During this period,
Master Liu taught close to a thousand students. These students
came not just from China, but included wushu enthusiasts
from France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, USA, and Japan.
In 1977, Master
Liu became listed in the Directory of Famous Traditional
Chinese Martial Arts Masters. In 1999, he became listed
in the Directory of Contemporary Chinese Martial Arts Masters,
and in the Directory of World Talents. In 1999, Master Liu
was among the first group of martial artists to be awarded
wushu six dan by the Chinese government.
Master Liu has
been a member of the Shanghi Scientific Research Institute
of Qigong, the Shanghi Wushu Association, and the Chinese
Traditional Medical Massage Association of Shanghi. He has
also served as the vice president of the Shanghi Dong Hai
Chuan Ba Gua Zhang Research Institute, the director of the
Shanghi Wu Dang Qigong Research Institute, a coach of the
Chinese Hua Yue Xin Yi Liu He Ba Fa Research Institute,
the vice president of the China Cangzhou Tong Bi Pi Gua
Quan Research Association, a consultant to the Beijing Jingwu
Research and Development Center, and the vice president
of the Chinese nongovernmental Martial Artists Friendship
Master Liu has
devoted his life to the practice and research of wushu for
several decades now.
He has not only acquired expertise in the theory
and practice of wushu, but has had also the courage to make
further developments. Master Liu is an exceptional and versatile
martial artist who has integrated the soft and the hard
of Kung Fu.
Liu came to the United States in August 2000 and started
teaching at Wu Shen Tao Health and Martial Arts in Takoma
Park, Maryland. In
2002, Master Liu was honored with the Martial Action Magazine's
Grand Master of Chinese Martial Arts Award.
Master Liu has
opened his Wudang Martial Arts school in 2003 and leases
studio space at the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Maryland
where he teaches ongoing classes and workshops.
made a Liu He Ba Fa DVD in 2004, a Wudang Qigong DVD in
2005, and a Xingyiquan 5 Element Fists DVD at the end of 2007.
He wants to share his learning experience with other
people, to help them understand each move and how to use
In December 2013, Master Liu became to Awarded wushu eight dan by the Chinese government.
One of the
Wudang Yuan Gong picture: