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John Higginson 陳德壯(Chen De Zhuang)

Born in Manchester UK, has been studying Eastern traditions since (the age of 8) 1968 and Chinese Martial Arts from 1972. Starting Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) in 1980 with the RoseLi school and also having the great fortune to be taken as a closed-door student in 1983 by Sifu S Kwok in the Wing Chun system.
Continuing Taiji with several teachers mainly as a health exercise and for his mother’s sake until he had the great fortune to meet Master Tan Ching Ngee of Singapore and Master Lau Kim Hong of Malaysia in July 1989. John travelled yearly to Malaysia and Singapore from 1993 to 2005, during which time he became a ‘closed-door’ disciple of Master Lau in Zheng (Yang) style Taiji and also a representative of Master Tan as well as them and other Masters visited my school in Manchester.
In 1996 I had Master Fu Shang Wee of Singapore visit the UK and began my studies of Chen style taiji with Mst Fu and Grandmaster Zhu Tiancai (who also visited my school in Manchester twice).
Although now happy to give basic and advanced correction for Zheng/Cheng 37 form and associated Yang syllabus. Since 2009 John has studied intensively Chen style taiji with Grand Master Chen Zhenglei and his senior students, mainly Masters Wang Haijun, Fu Nengbin and Tong Jinwang, and also now works with Master Yue Liming who has been instrumental since 1995, in introducing authentic Taijiquan into the UK and now also the rest of Europe.

John has become a closed door disciple of Grand Master Chen Zhenglei and a Senior Instructor at the Chen Style Tai Chi Centre in Manchester China Town UK. Training studying and teaching the arts helping to promote Tai Chi Health to the world.

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