Lu Mei-Hui 呂美惠

Dr. Lu, Mei-Hui is co-founder of the International Wudang Internal Martial Arts Academy along with Master Chang, and is one of its chief instructors. She was born in Taiwan and from an early age had a close association with Chinese Martial Arts.

Dr. Lu comes from a long line of martial artists and healers. Her father was a martial artist and ex-bodyguard who taught her and her brothers Gong Fu. Together they practiced Kuen Tao, traditional wrestling, and weapons. From an early age, Dr. Lu was witness to many fights. She learned firsthand the necessity of practical techniques.

The Martial Arts were just one part of her traditional upbringing. She was also trained in traditional Chinese music with exposure to Southern Chinese Opera, and traditional Chinese painting.

As Dr. Lu’s skill in martial arts was honed by her father, so were her skills in artwork honed by her mother, who had advanced skills in painting and embroidery. In 2000, Dr. Lu published an anthology of her work in Taiwan.

Along with her training in Martial Arts and Painting, Dr. Lu also has had a deep exposure to Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her father taught her the basic knowledge about herbs starting from her young age. Also Dr. Lu was exposed to traditional healing by her great aunt who was a martial artist, personal chiropractor and physician to Chiang Kai-Shek, the late president of the Republic of China in Taiwan, and his troops.

In order to make her training in martial arts more complete, Dr. Lu studied Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Bastyr University and qi healing from various famous masters in China.

Dr. Lu began her training of internal martial arts with Li Style Taijiquan and push hands. Later she began training in Wudang Free-Step Taijiquan with Grandmaster Qian, Timing and eventually became his inner-door disciple. With Master Qian, she has learned Nei Dan Taiji, Free-Step Taiji, Baguazhang and Wudang Continuous-Stepping Sword and other weapons.

While traveling in Tianjin, Dr. Lu, along with Master Chang, Wu Na, met Grandmaster Ma Jie. After seeing Dr. Lu and Master Chang demonstrate, Grandmaster Ma was so impressed that he took them both on as students. Later, after proving themselves to him, Dr. Lu and Master Chang were both taken as closed-door disciples.

From Grandmaster Ma, Dr. Lu has learned Wudang Qigong, traditional Wudang Sword, Qi Gong Taijiquan, Nei Gong Taijiquan, Daoist weapon form with the combination of Wudang Sword and Horse-Tail Whisk, and Han Pai Xingyiquan.

In order to deepen her knowledge and skills in internal martial arts, Dr. Lu was sent to train with three other famous Grandmasters. In Baguazhang, she has been taken as disciple by Gao, Ji-Wu, who is the Chair of Beijing Baguazhang Research Association. From Grandmaster Gao, Dr. Lu has learned many hand forms, weapons and push hand techniques in Beijing Gao Style Baguazhang.

In Xingyiquan, she has been taken as disciple by Grandmaster Yang, Fan-Sheng. From him, Dr. Lu has learned many solo and sparring forms in bare hand and weapons. In addition, Dr. Lu has been invited by Grandmaster Yang, Fan-Sheng to write the textbooks and design curriculum on Xingyiquan, which is implemented in Physical Education class from Grade 1 to Grade 9 in Taigu County, Shan Xi Province. Taigu is the place where Xingyiquan originates and Yang, Fan-Sheng is the head master of Shan Xi Pai Xingyiquan. Another Grandmaster in Xingyiquan Dr. Lu has trained with is her Gong Fu uncle, Li Hong. He is the head master in Shang Yun-Xiang style Xingyiquan. From him, Dr. Lu has learned many forms, weapons and techniques in He Bei Pai Xingyiquan. Dr. Lu is invited by Li Hong to translate and publish a series of books on Shang Pai Xingyiquan books as well.

While teaching Anatoli Rubin, the former Head Coach for the Olympic Boxing Team of the Soviet Union, English as a second language, Dr. Lu has been trained by him in Western Boxing. At the same time, she received training in kickboxing from the professional fighter Iro Evanson.

In 2002, Dr. Lu co-founded the International Wudang Internal Martial Arts Association with Grandmaster Qian, Timing and Master Chang, Wu Na.

In 2005, Dr. Lu won a gold medal and a silver medal and was awarded a ceremonial sword and staff as trophies at the Traditional Kung Fu Invitational held in Vancouver, Canada.

Also in 2005, Dr. Lu won first and second place trophies for her performance of Wudang Free-Step Taijiquan and Wudang Taiji Long Staff at the West Coast National Martial Arts Championship held in Southern California.

In 2006, Dr. Lu won four gold medals at the 2nd Annual Southern California Chinese Martial Arts Tournament.

Also in 2006, Dr. Lu won two gold medals and one silver medal at the 8th Annual International Chinese Martial Arts Competition held in Orlando, Florida in which 13 countries participated, including China and Taiwan.

In 2008, Dr. Lu won Championship in Internal/External Weapon Division in The First International Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Competition held by New Tang Dynasty TV Station. The process was televised and the stories about Dr. Lu have been extensively reported in Chinese media and in some English media.

Also in 2008, Dr. Lu won the First Place for Women’s Push Hand in Traditional Kung Fu Invitational in Canada.

In 2009, Dr. Lu has been listed in The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Outstanding Traditional Chinese Martial Arts Masters, published in Beijing, China.

In 2009, Dr. Lu won four gold medals in The Fourth Hong Kong International Wushu Competition for Taiji, Xingyi, Wudang Sword and Dueling Sword.

In 2009, in The Seventh Hong Kong Wushu International Championship, Dr. Lu won 3 gold medals for Taiji, Xingyi, Dueling Sword, and a silver medal for Taiji sword.

Dr. Lu has over twenty years of experience in teaching and brings her unique style and attributes to every class she is in.

A few of Dr. Lu’s positions and accomplishments are as follows:

13th Generation Successor Wudang Xuan Men Dan Pai under Grandmaster Ma, Jie
13th Generation Succeessor Wudang Dan Pai under Grandmaster Qian, Timing
4th Generation Successor Wudang Free-Step Taiji
5th Generation Successor Wudang Xuan Men Dan Pai Taiji
3rd Generation Successor Han Pai Xingyiquan
6th Generation Successor Beijing Gao style Baguzhang under Grandmaster Gao, Ji-Wu
4th Generation Successor Shan Xi style Xingyiquan under Grandmaster Yang, Fan-Sheng
16th Generation Successor of Chuanzhen Chun Yang Men Peng Lai Pai under Cao, Lai-Zhen
Curriculum designer and textbook writer for Xingyiquan in P.E. class in Taigu, Shan Xi, China
Ph.D. graduate University of Washington
Vice President and co-founder International Wudang Internal Martial Arts Academy
Instructor at Bellevue College

Select Publications

Lu, Mei-hui (2011, in progress) Shang Yun-Xing Style Xingyiquan and Weapons. A translation work for a well-recognized book written in Chinese by Li, Wen-Bin. The English version will be published in U.S.A.
Lu, Mei-hui & Chang, Wu Na (2010) The Major Methods of Wudang Sword. A translation and commentary for the book “Wudang Jian Fa Da Yao”, written by Huang, Yuan Xiou in 1930s. The book will be published by North Atlantic Publishing Company, California, U.S.A.
Lu, Mei-hui (2005). The essence of true Wudang Sword. The international TAI CHI magazine, February 2005. California, U.S.A.
Lu, Mei-hui (2004). The dao of yin yang zhong he: the soul of Taiji. The international TAI CHI magazine, August 2004. California, U.S.A.
Lu, Mei-hui (2001). Changes in the concept of reading and the use of reading strategies among ESL learners identified before and after ESL reading instruction. Proposal of Ph.D. dissertation presented in the annual conference of TESOL, Vancouver, Canada.
Lu, Mei-hui (2000). The art world of Mei-hui Lu. A collection of art works including Chinese painting, calligraphy and oil painting. Lien Ho Publishing Company, Taipei, Taiwan.
Lu, Mei-hui (1999). Democratic citizenship education in Taiwan. The Social Studies, Vol. 90 (6), 1999.
Lu, Mei-hui (1998). Forces enhancing and inhibiting democratic citizenship education in the world: The case of Taiwan. A paper presented at the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies in Anaheim, California, November 1998.
Lu, Mei-hui (1996). Co-compiled with James A. Vasquez et al. “Instructional strategies for teachers of limited-English-Proficient students: A bibliography”. National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education (Online electronic entry), December 1996.
Lu, Mei-hui (1995). An evaluation on questions following readings in the English textbook for senior high school students of Taiwan. English Teaching Quarterly, Spring 1995, 18-21.
Lu, Mei-hui (1994). Develop aural, oral Language skills as part of EFL curriculum in secondary schools of Taiwan. English Teaching Quarterly, September 1994, 6-10.
Lu, Mei-hui (1994). Is it better to learn English abroad than at home? The issue of language learning environment and the problems of Taiwanese students who attend the intensive ESL program in the United States. Keelung Girls’ Senior High School Journal, May 1994. 51-57.
Lu, Mei-hui (1993). The optimal role of English teacher teaching in a senior high school of Taiwan. English Teaching Quarterly, December 1993, 14-16.
Lu, Mei-hui (1993). Differences in communicative strategies between Chinese and English. Keelung Girls’ Senior High School Journal, November 1993, 22-27. Manuscript for a speech given in a school assembly.
Lu, Mei-hui (1993). Strategies for improving English reading comprehension. Keelung Youth Forum, Autumn, 1993, 12-15.
Lu, Mei-hui (1992). Second language acquisition, ESL and Bilingual Education. A research report submitted to Executive Yuan of the Republic of China, which then was circulated in the libraries of secondary schools and universities in Taiwan.
Lu, Mei-hui (1989). An Evaluation on the validity of English test items in Joint College Entrance Examination. China Post, November 20, 1989.
Lu, Mei-hui (1987). The common problems that most junior high school students in Taiwan have encountered in learning English. Kuan Zong Youth Forum, November 1987, 3-7.

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