Master Grace Xiaogao Wu-Monnat was born into a Chinese martial arts aristocratic
family. Young Grace began her kung fu training with her grandfather, Chinaís well-respected grandmaster Wang Zi-ping,
her mother, professor Wang Ju-rong, New Chinaís first generation woman Wushu grandmaster, and her father, Dr. Wu Cheng-de,
a prominent Wushu and orthopedic doctor. During the Culture Revolution time, Graceís grandfather was forbidden to teach.
Thus, as a child, Grace began to teach martial arts as her nearby grandfatherís teaching puppet. So began her
lifelong quest to both learn and teach Chinese martial arts.
Master Wu Xiaoping began her traditional Wushu training at age three from her
grandfather, Grandmaster Wang Zi Ping; her mother, Grandmaster Wang Ju Rong; and her father, Dr. Wu Chengde. She
has been immersed in traditions of Chinese martial arts and medicine for most of her life. Her early martial arts
training included the Chang Quan system (Chang Quan, Hua Quan, Hong Quan, Pao Quan and Tan Tui), Baji Quan and Taiji Quan.
A graduate of both the Shanghai Teaching University and the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Master
Wu Xiaoping obtained her bachelors degree and is highly skilled in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), specializing
in Qi Gong, Tui Na (massage) and acupuncture. She did several more years of clinical studies under her father,
Dr. Wu Chengde, focusing on sports medicine. Master Wu has extensive teaching experience in Wushu, Taiji Quan and Qi Gong.
She served as an instructor and lecturer at the Shanghai International Cultural College and the Shanghai Yang Zhi
Jiang Wu Gong Ti Xiao (a martial arts and physical therapy institute).
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Master Simon Hu was born in Shanghai in 1956. He began his training in the martial arts when he was 12 years old,
studying under both legendary martial artist Grandmaster Wang Zi Ping (1881~1973), and Grandmaster (Professor) Wang Ju Rong.
He was also trained by eminent Chinese Tai Chi Masters, such as Master Gu Liu-Xin and Master He Bin-Quan.
He has had 30 years of teaching experience, and has become an expert in all the major styles of Tai Chi, Qi Gong
and Kung Fu.
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Master George Picard started his martial arts training in 1971. He has trained in several styles of Okinawan Karate
and currently teaches Okinawan Goju Karate Jutsu, Okinawan Kobudo and most major styles of Qi Gong and Tai Chi
and Tai Chi Weapons at his home Dojo, Glenridge Martial Arts Academy
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
Master Picard started teaching Qi Gong and Tai Chi in 1996 in Toronto, Ontario. Through serendipity and good fortune
he met Master Helen Wu and Master Simon Hu. He continues to train weekly as a private student of both Masters.
"One of my most memorable experiences was training with Grandmaster Wang Ju Rong in Houston Texas. Her grace, humility,
knowledge and dedication I can only aspire to and would take another lifetime to attain."
In 2005 Master Picard received his fourth generation certificate from Master Helen Wu. Master Picard's focus is to help
people heal their various conditions and attain higher levels of health and awareness, through Qi Gong / Tai Chi.
He has been teaching classes at Wellspring Niagara's Cancer Support Center for eight years and currently teaches
doctors, health care workers and private students throughout North America. He also conducts seminars on healing
through Qi Gong / Tai Chi and teaches others this healing system so more people can benefit physically, mentally,
emotionally and spiritually.