|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.