Wang Fu-Lai was born in Taiwan in 1941. The son of a blacksmith, Wang Fu-Lai met Great Grandmaster Wang Shu-Jin at the age of 14. He would ride his bicycle two hours from his hometown to Great Grandmaster’s school. He started with Zhan Zhuang. It is said that young Master Wang was taught only one posture and didn’t learn the next one for a whole year. When he was allowed to learn Hsing-I, he only learned the first element, Pi Ch’uan and nothing else for a whole year.
Wang Fu-Lai traveled with Great Grandmaster Wang Shu-Jin and witnessed many challenges that Great Grandmaster fought and won over the years. He witnessed the Great Grandmaster Wang Shu-Jin’s passing along with his Kung Fu sister, Master Huang.
After Great Grandmaster Wang Shu-Jin passed away in 1981, Wang Fu-Lai became a lineage holder of the Zhong Nan lineage and welcomed all challenges from all martial artists in the area to legitimize his appointment so that there could be no doubt that Great Grandmaster Wang Shu-Jin had chosen Wang Fu-Lai as his successor and lineage-holder. Since the death of Great Grandmaster, Grandmaster Wang Fu-Lai continues to fulfill his teacher’s command to disseminate the three internal martial arts throughout the world.
Grandmaster Wang Fu-Lai spent five years establishing an International Cheng-Ming Martial Arts Association with the Taiwanese government. (Cheng-Ming is one of Great Grandmaster Wang Shu-Jin’s nicknames.) The association is currently the only martial arts organization officially recognized by the government of the Republic of Taiwan. Since its inception, the association has grown world-wide and has branches in Japan, the United States, Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and South America.
Grandmaster Wang Fu-Lai has been training the martial arts of Great Grandmaster Wang Shu-Jin for over 50 years. He still trains seven days a week, 6 hours a day (when not teaching), and continues to travel the world working towards fulfilling his duty of passing down the lineage.
Since 2007, Grandmaster Wang visits Charlottesville in January and July to lead inspirational workshops.
(Pictures used by permission from International Cheng Ming Chinese Martial Arts Association.)