Shifu Li Shun Xiao
Li Shifu was born on July 19th, 1952 in Shanghai. Since he is extremely passionate about his practice, Master Li has not missed a day of training in over 50 years. He started learning Shaolin martial arts at age 8, studying under his master Feng Xui Chin until age 11 when he moved with his family to north eastern China. Although he did not have a master to train under for some time, he diligently continued the practice of his martial arts and developed his skill through solo practice and sparring with the other youth in the area. When he was 24 years old, he found a Baji Quan master to study under while he was working for the railroad. This master was Long shifu, an honoured master who taught at this academy in years past. After some time Long shifu became sick and could not teach for a while. So, he found his second Baji master: Wang shifu in 1982 and studied under him until 1992 when Master Wang introducd him to his next Baji master Qi Shifu. Both Masters Wang and Qi were students of the famous Huo Dian Ge, bodyguard to Pu Yi: the last emperor of China and also the martial arts instructor of the emperor and the imperial bodyguards. Hou Dian Ge was also the first of three Tu Di ( traditional disciple ) of an even more famous Baji master named Li Shu Wen, also known as "Spear God Li" whom was famous for his quote "I do not know what it is like to hit a man twice". Each of Li Shu Wens three Tu Di went on to become bodyguards for important heads of state. Asides from Huo Dian Ge, there was Li Chenwu; bodyguard to Chairman Mao Zedong and last but not least, there was the youngest of the three, Liu Yun Qiao; a secret agent to the Nationalist Kuomintang, instructor to Chiang Kai Sheks' bodyguards and bodyguard to the president of Taiwan. It is by the reputation and deeds of these great masters that Baji became known as the bodyguard style.
Under the tutelage of such a fine martial lineage, Li shifu carries on a level of skill that is reflective of the many great masters before him. He is a kind and patient man, valuing hard work, good morals and dedication to ones practice, he will encourage you to always practice harder, most times with a wide smile and hearty laugh.
In 2004 Master Li returned to Shanghai to study and master Wing Chun. Over the years, he has also studied and become proficient at Pi Gua, Xing Yi and tens of different weapons forms, even including the rake. Currently at the academy, Li shifu also teaches one of the legendary Qi Gong forms that originated in the Shaolin Temple: The Yi Jin Jing (Tendon Changing Exercize) which is known for building a flexible, strong and healthy body.
Master Li is ranked a sixth level in the Chinese Duan Wei system, passing his exam in 1993. He won a championship in the City of Si Ping in 1998 representing Baji Quan, in the same year he attended a performance in Chang Chun representing the railway workers. Li shifu stresses the importance of the real life application of martial arts in his classes, many of the drills he teaches help to build skill and proficiency in traditional martial arts.