Master William Ting (Ting Kuo-Piao)
Ting Kuo-Piao (William Ting) is the director of the Wu Ji Jing Gong Research Association of Shanghai, China and teaches in the Mount Laurel, NJ area. Master Ting began studying martial arts when he was 14 years old. He has more than 40 years experience in T'ai Chi, and was a closed door student of the renowned grandmaster Lu Ji-Tang until grandmaster Lu passed away. Master Ting teaches the Wu Ji Jing Gong form which is also known as Wu Ji T'ai Chi. The form is derived from the Chen style and incorporates elements of qigong, Bagua, Xingyi, as well as Wu and Yang style T'ai Chi. Wu Ji T'ai Chi emphasizes calmness and awareness. The form is performed throughout China, however, it is particularly characteristic of the Shanghai region. Wu Ji T'ai Chi remains almost unknown in the United States.
The form was developed by Chen Ji-Shen, professor of martial arts at Nanjing University who was famous throughout China for his skills. During the 1940's, he modified the Chen style to incorporate elements from other martial arts in order to improve both the health and defensive aspects of T'ai Chi. The form is unique because, following mastery of the stationary aspects of the style, it can be combined with Bagua walking technique to create walking T'ai Chi. Lu Ji-Tang was an outstanding closed door student of Chen Ji-Shen. Grandmaster Lu Ji-Tang was one of the most recognized T'ai Chi masters in China. The foundation is dedicated to teaching the philosophy of Wu Ji Jing Gong. In addition, the association works with hospitals to research the effects of Wu Ji Jing Gong for enhancing health.
Primary Level Wu Ji Qigong Sequence
First Level–Qigong Sequence & First Section Wu Ji Jing Gong Form
Second Level–Qigong Sequence & First & Second Section Wu Ji Jing Gong Form
Third Level–Qigong Sequence & all 108 Movements of the Wu Ji Jing Gong Form
Senior Level–Continuous training with Master Ting including but not limited to Walking Tai Chi, Push Hands, Martial Applications, Weapons, and Philosophy
Kneeling from left to right: Joe Jackson, Lynne Kemler.
Standing from left to right: David Kerr,Brian Coffey, Fran Maher, Richard Roche, Master William Ting, Jim Van Haren, Joe Diaco, Joe Eber.
Not available when picture was taken: Remi Solliez, Marsha Nolan, Patty Pagano, and Huaqueen Juun
These individuals were hand selected by Master Ting for additional intensive instruction in the system of his lineage Wu Ji Jing Gong. By tradition, potential teachers are chosen because they have exhibited traits of personal integrity, such as Confidence, Modesty, Sincerity, Perseverence, and Understanding. Master Ting strongly believes that the future standing of Tai Chi as a distinguished martial art and vital discipline for healthy living will depend not only upon technical skill and knowledge, but also on the values of the individuals who teach it. The reflection of one's internal character is often the means by which others form an opinion of one's reputation. The essence of Tai Chi is based upon harmony and unity; however, in the hands of an individual of questionable character, the power of Tai chi could be destructive. Traditionally, Chinese Masters were very selective as to who received the deepest training so as not to dishonor the reputation of their lineage or the integrity of the art. In that same respect Master Ting has chosen to recognize only those persons who have been personally selected and trained by him to teach the Wu Ji Jing Gong system of Tai Chi.