Born in 1931, Moy Lin-Shin was a Taoist monk who studied Tai Chi, Qigong, Lok Hup, Hsin-I and Bagua in Hong Kong.
After emigrating to Canada, he began teaching martial arts in a small studio but soon found that his students needed to regain their health more than they needed to learn how to fight.
He changed his teaching to better serve that need, modifying the Yang Style Tai Chi 108-move set by emphasising turning, stretching, rising and falling. He also borrowed principles from BaGua, Hsing-I and Lok Hup.
Master Moy was always attentive to the needs of each student. He would change his methods to suit the students’ needs, paying close attention to students with health problems. The instructors at the Essex Tai Chi Academy aim to follow his example, helping each student follow his or her best path to the common goal of health improvement.
Master Moy frequently referred to the “four stages of life” as birth, aging, sickness, and death. Although birth, aging, and death are obviously inevitable, sickness can be prevented.
With diligent practice, Tai Chi and Lokhupbafa can help reduce sickness and prevent the suffering many of us would otherwise experience.
Although Master Moy passed away in 1998, his vision of “A world without suffering from illness” lives on.
Mr Moy’s background and lineage guide our own Tai Chi development. There is a clear description on the web site of the Canadian Tai Chi Academy written by one of his direct students. To read, click here