- Nora Huang
Martial Arts background:
I started studying Shaolin Kungfu in the Netherlands when I was 15 under guidance of Carl Koppers. In the beginning I only had class every Friday evening but as I became more and more interested I started to practice every day. At age 17 I came into contact with Yang style Taijiquan and used that to further develop my understanding in Chinese Martial Arts. It was just a matter of time before I decided to devote my life for it, I studied Chinese language at university and went to China several times to train at Shaolin and Wudang.
For me Wudang was the place of my dreams and I became more and more fascinated about the internal side of the art. That's why I decided to stop practicing Shaolin after 9 years and completely focus on Taijiquan. In 2012 I went to Wudang Mountain for 8 months to practice on a daily basis (8 hours a day) with master Li Zaifeng.
Now I am lucky enough to be working for Jet Li's company Taiji Zen as Product Development Specialist where I am learning something new everyday.
Reasons for joining the Taiji Zen program and training objectives:
As I am assisting in developing the Taiji Zen Online Academy I have to learn it myself as well. If I was not an employee of Taiji Zen I would probably join the Academy to deepen my knowledge and learn the practical applications of Taijiquan.
My training objective is to have balance between body and mind. To me Taiji is not a martial art only but a way of living, a way to become a better person. Taiji helped me a lot and I wish to someday become a teacher and share the health and happiness that Taiji can give with others.
Type of members:
To me everyone is equal, so no matter your age, gender or status you are all welcome to join the Water Village. Virtues that I value most are:
- Respect (for oneself and for others)
- Passion for Taijiquan or Taiji philosophy
- Compassion, the willingness to share with each other