" One of the four was Kuo Lien Ying, who in 1965 brought the unique style of Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi to San Francisco's Chinatown."


As the days and weeks passed people who had waited from morning to night hoping to see kung-fu gave up and slowly disappeared from the temple grounds. Eventually, everyone had given up, except for one persistent young man. This young man changed his sleeping habit to during the day so that he could observe the old man at night. Night after night, he would go to the temple after dark and wait until dawn before going home to sleep.

After three fruitless nights, half an hour after hearing the town's time keeper bong! bong! bong! bong! the sound of four beats (representing 4 am), which came from a stick banging against a hollowed piece of bamboo, as he was about to doze off, all of a sudden a dark figure appeared amongst a group of young trees waving his arms and hands in total coordination of his body and legs, like a slow dance. Whenever he would push forward with his palms, the nearby tree branches would bend with leaves rustling as though they were being blown by a strong wind. The dark figure moved slowly and smoothly like gentle clouds floating in the sky. With each step, going to and fro, his feet were placed on the ground very gently and precisely. Yet, even with each movement being performed very slowly, he could see and feel the great power projecting out.

When the news of the "Tea Seller" having such great Kung Fu abilities got out, everyone who could walk wanted to study with him. Finally the "Tea Seller", Wang Jiao Yu accepted four disciples. One of the four was Kuo Lien Ying, who in 1965, brought the unique style of Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi to San Francisco's Chinatown.

By Grandmaster Henry Look

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