Distinguished and Notable
Grandmaster Kuo Lien
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Kuo Lien Ying was born in Inner Mongolia,
China in 1895. His father was a silk merchant, and his family
was wealthy. Master Kuo Lien Ying is credited with bringing
the rare and powerful Guang Ping Yang tai chi chuan to the
In 1907, at the age of twelve, Kuo Lien
Ying began training in Northern Style Shaolin kung fu. He
studied for five years with Master Li Lin, who was especially
skilled in Chang chuan ( Shaolin long fist). Master Kuo became
very proficient and skillful at this powerful and rigorous
martial arts system.
In 1918 Kuo Lien Ying became one
of only four disciples of Wang Jiao Yu.
Kuo Lien Ying,
at the age of 28, studied xingyiquan for two years with Master
Huang Gin Yin. Master Kuo also studied baguazhang with Chang
Hsin Zhai and Chung Ting Hua.
Kuo Lien Ying is thought
to have become a governor of a province in China, and in 1944
he became a general in the army of Chiang Kai Shek. In 1947,
after the Communist takeover, he fled to Taiwan, became a
congressman and opened up a martial arts school.
1965, Master Kuo immigrated to the United States and settled
in San Francisco’s Chinatown where he opened a martial arts
school named Lien Ying Tai Chi Chuan Martial Arts Academy and
continued teaching the Guang Ping Yang tai chi chuan
Master Kuo Lien Ying was the author of two books
on the subject of tai chi chuan, “The T'ai Chi Boxing
Chronicle”and “Tai-Chi Chuan in Theory and
In 1984 Master Kuo Lien Ying died at the age
of 96 in Mongolia, China.