My personal profile and success story began almost 30 years ago with several hours of intensive training in chi kung/qigong every day for over 20 years, and most recently in the start of this website.
Though this is a personal profile of me as a chi kung/qigong student and instructor, my master is indirectly responsible for my author’s bio.
Why, you might ask—what do I mean by that?
This is not a typical author’s bio. Who am I? My name is Hilda and I am of Chinese descent.
Unlike most students in North America, I was trained in the traditional way: several hours of intensive personalized training with my master every day. When I was not attending school, I would be with my master, watching, sparring, listening.
Every activity became a lesson to be learned:
At the dinner table, I would learn the best combinations of food to promote health and energy.
Watching a martial art movie, my master would discuss the merits of each actor’s abilities.
At his clinic, he would show us the use of different herbs, teas and combinations, acupressure points and other healing techniques.
And during breaks or after practice, he could regale us for hours with enthralling stories of his own personal experiences and those of his masters.
Not Just a Master But Also A Friend & Mentor
From the very start, my master has been a close friend to my family and a mentor to me. My personal profile of me as his pupil began with our first meeting and continued with the long years of training with him.
That is how my master had become largely responsible for the way my life has become: Literally, he is the author of my success story.
I don’t know what my master first saw in me that made him devote such special attention to my training. Perhaps he recognized me from the past lives we had shared together in martial arts.
Whatever it was, as fate would have it, when my parents didn’t find him among the many martial arts schools they looked into, my master came looking for us!
We share no blood relationship, but he and his youngest sister always treated me as part of their family.
For whatever reasons, my master devoted more time in me and his youngest sister than in any other student in all of his classes—and never charged my family a cent.
Though no one could be more diligent and devoted to the martial arts than my brother, my master refused to teach him tai chi chuan. Instead he reserved it for me, the least worthy of his students.
My master was known for his ability to see into the future. I was still a young teenager in high school when some senior middle-aged students asked him to paint a personal profile of us. This was his response:
“Don’t judge a person by how he or she appears now.” Then he pointed at me: “She might not seem much, but in several years, she’ll be teaching her own classes!”
Since I was the youngest and least able student in the class, everyone looked at me in skeptical silence. I myself silently scoffed at his words, thinking this time he couldn’t have been more wrong.
Yet several years later, his prophetic words continued to haunt me every time I led a new class in tai chi, chi kung/qigong and/or jinggong meditation. I couldn’t have written my author’s bio as accurately as he did.
After continuing my training in mainland China and Taiwan, I returned to Canada to teach my own classes.
Because of my abiding interest in Chinese medicine and qigong therapy, my greatest satisfaction in teaching chi kung/qigong was to see the amazing results of how chi kung/qigong changed the lives of my students:
Some of them were so sickly when they first came to me, only to be healed in less than a year of practicing chi kung/qigong.
My master lived and breathed martial arts. It is to my master’s credit that I know as much as I do in chi kung/qigong. It is also because of him that I have grown to love teaching as much as I do.
And so, I dedicate this website and my personal profile and success story to him and to his selfless devotion and effort in training me in this timeless art.