Person: Li Dejiang


Master Li was born in 1931 in the city of Yantai (煙台), Shandong province, China. At the age of 11, he began training in Long Fist boxing under Master Li Yongde (李永得), who had been a bodyguard for the famous Chinese general Zuo Baogui (左寶貴) during the first Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895).

Near the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, he relocated to Korea and eventually settled in Seoul where he studied under the well-known Praying Mantis (螳螂拳) style boxing master Lin Pinzhang (林品障), who had been a student of both Ji Chungting (紀春亭) and Sun Yuanchang (孫元昌).

In 1960, Master Li began teaching Chinese immigrants at the Chinese embassy there, and in 1963 he opened his own school and began teaching non-Chinese as well.

He still teaches in Seoul as the head of the Overseas Chinese Wushu Association of Korea. Throughout the years, he has trained and promoted many to instructor level

Sources: History