Li Shifu was born on March 16th 1993 in the birthplace of Tai Ji ( Tai Chi ); Chen villiage (Chen Jia Gou), Henan Province, where he was raised.
When he was a young boy, Li Shifu, was born with weak health and stature. Due to his poor health he was usually left out of the games that other children would play. His parents enrolled him in Tai Ji classes at age 6 to make friends since it is the most popular activity in the area.
As an amazing stroke of luck, Li shifus' first and only master was to be the Legendary Wang Xi'an, who is currently one of the Four Kings of Tai Chi in China and considered the equal of the great Chen Zheng Lei. As Li Ten Ling Practiced, he slowly overcame his shyness and emerged from his shell. As he gained confidence, he discovered that he had quite the talent for Tai Ji and continued to work hard and develop his skill.
Li shifu has entered many competitions over the last few years and has won many medals. The victories he could recall off the top of his head started at age 9 when he won a silver in national competition for Tai Ji 56 form in the adolescent group. In 2004 he won a gold medal in a national competition for the Long Fist and a silver in Tai Ji sword in addition to gold medals won in a 2008 for the 52kg division of Tuai Shiao (wrestling) and again in the same competition in 2009 for the 56kg division.
Li Ten Ling was able to use the skill and focus that he developed through Tai Ji practice and put it into other endeavours as well. His leaping/tumbling and tricking skills are quite good. He also was the captain of his basketball team from the first year of jr. high, all the way through the last year of his sr. high school, it is safe to say that he can work his way around a court pretty well.
While he is aware that he has done quite good in the skill that he has cultivated, Li Shifu realizes that he has so much further to go. Chen Tai ji can be mastered in 10 years of hard practice, but the path a martial artist takes is a long road that will truly never end, but what one learns along this path is well worth the effort.
"I feel that self consciousness and realization within are very important", Li shifu exclaimed when he was asked what he felt was important about martial arts practice, "Tai Ji is important in developing this when it comes to how in depth one will journey into their practice."
"There is an unlimited inner spirit to Tai Ji, I feel that I know the surface, but must always work to understand more, as should we all." Li Shifu continued, "Do not let this discourage you, for it may at first, just remember what all of your hard work in practice has achieved thus far and continue to walk along your path and discover new places."