Master Adam Hsu
Master Adam Hsu was born in Shanghai, China in 1941. In 1949, his family moved to Taiwan, where he spent twenty-five years studying with the most respected kung fu masters. His principal teacher was the renowned Grandmaster Liu Yun Chiao.
Master Hsu earned a master's degree in Chinese literature at Taiwan Normal University, one of several prestigious institutions where he taught both kung fu and Chinese literature. He has held many honorable positions, among them the General Secretary of the National Kung Fu Federation of Taiwan, Instructor to the Republic of Liberia, and Member of the Republic of China National Kung Fu Delegation.He is the former editor and publisher of Wu Tang Martial Arts Magazine, and a past senior editor of the Kung Fu Library of Wu Chow Publishing Company, the largest publisher of kung fu literature. He's published several books in Chinese, and over a hundred articles in English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and German. Also, he has been featured on the covers of more than eighteen magazines throughout the world.More recent honors include Black Belt Hall of Fame, Black Belt Instructor of the Year, AAU National Senior Advisor, and honored President of the International and Six-Harmony Praying Mantis Associations.
Master Hsu came to teach in America in 1978, returning to Taiwan in 1195. In 1990, he founded the Traditional Wushu Association, a non-profit, international organization dedicated to the preservation, perfection, and promotion of traditional Chinese martial arts.
He is the author of "Sword Polisher's Record," a seminal work in English on the roots and realities of traditional kung fu. His two volume "Essays on Chinese Martial Arts" (Chinese language edition only) are considered classic works on kung fu.He and his students have participated in numerous performances and workshops both in America and abroad.
Master Hsu's coaches are trained to combine modern teaching methods with the traditional training and techniques of our kung fu styles. Master Hsu's kung fu instructional DVDs are now available in English language editions.In 2000, the founder of Taiwan's famed Cloud Gate Dance Theater, Mr. Lin Huai-Min, invited him to become a coach for the troupe. His work to inject the basic principles of traditional Chinese wushu into the bodies and psyches of the dancers was so successful, that he was then invited to create a childrens wushu training program. This program has been implemented in many of the Cloud Gate schools throughout Taiwan.In 2006 Master Hsu was awarded the Taiwan Government's Cultural Award for his lifetime contributions to the traditional Chinese art of kung fu.
"Lone Sword Against The Cold Cold Sky," his most recent English language book was published in early 2007. Starting in 2008, Master Hsu served for three years in the same position held by his esteemed Master, Liu Yun-Chiao: Instructor for Taiwan's presidential bodyguards.
In 2010, he released a new Chinese-language book for children: Learn Long Fist. The text is partially in dialogue style, accompanied by specific instructions and many beautiful illustrations that clearly show each step of long fist basic training and the form, Linking Fist, that goes with it. In the last few years, Master Hsu has published a series of instructional videos and books on chang quan, xing yi quan, san t'sai jian and other subjects.
Master Hsu currently resides in Taipei, Taiwan. He continues to teach seminars and classes in the U.S. as well as Taiwan, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, and other countries.
Chief instructor Dan Farber is a senior student of Master Adam Hsu. He has studied traditional Chinese martial arts for more than 45 years.
Since 1979, he has trained with Master Hsu, studying chang quan, ba gua zhang, ba ji quan, pi qua zhang, Chen tai ji quan, and traditional weapons--sword, saber, staff, and spear.
From 1983 through 1992 he assisted Master Hsu in teaching classes. From 1992 through 1997, Mr. Farber taught chang quan, ba gua zhang, ba ji quan and tai ji quan classes in the Boston, Massachusetts area. He made frequent visits to the San Francisco Bay Area during that time to train with Master Hsu. Returning to the San Francisco in 1997, he continued his training with Master Hsu, both in the Bay Area and in Taiwan. In addition, Mr. Farber teaches classes in San Francisco, along with senior instructor Liu Chiang Chang.
Mr. Farber has published articles in martial arts journals such as Black Belt Magazine and Inside Kung Fu. He has also assisted Sifu Hsu in the writing and publication of articles and books. He has performed at numerous demonstrations and has served as a judge at kung fu competitions.
He currently resides near Sebastopol, CA and continues his training and teaching of northern kung fu.
Chief Instructor Dan Farber
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