About the Masters
A living legend, Hu Jianqiang is the highest ranking Wushu master in the West. Grand Master Hu began full-time Wushu training at the age of ten when he was accepted into the Zhejiang Wushu Institute. After completing eight years of full-time training, Master Hu joined the China National Team and, over the next few years, traveled to over 30 countries participating in international Wushu meets. China's two-time all-around Wushu champion, Hu Jianqiang is also known internationally from his film and television work. To date Master Hu has had leading roles in more than fifteen gongfu (kungfu) movies including Shaolin Temple, Shaolin South and North, Yellow River Fighter, Drunken Master III and Sonny Chiba's Shogun's Shadow. He has been featured in many magazines and on the Discovery Channel’s “Kung Fu—The Animal Within.” Master Hu was named Master of the year by the United States Wushu Kung Fu Federation in 2000.
Along with his wife, Master Zong Jianmei, Master Hu established the Shaolin Wushu Center in the United States in 1997. It has quickly grown into one of the most respected and leading institutions for the study of Chinese Martial Arts in America. Master Hu teaches the classes in various styles of Kung Fu and Wushu, plus the grappling and wrestling and self defense classes at the Center. He is also an in-demand guest instructor at institutions and seminars around the globe.
Master Zong Jianmei has extensive experience teaching Taiji and other forms of Wushu in China, Argentina and the U.S. She has been practicing Taiji and Wushu for over 30 years. From 2005 to 20007 she was the co-chief judge of the Greater Hartford International Wushu Competition.
At the age of 10 she attended the Zhejiang Wushu Institute in eastern China and started taking the full time Wushu training program. At the age of 18 she became the head coach for the children's team of the Zhejiang Provincial Wushu Institute. In 1981 she became a certified international Wushu judge, the only female Wushu judge in Chinese National Wushu Competition.
In 1991 Master Zong moved to Argentina and established the Chinese Wushu School in Buenos Aires, Argentina together with her husband, Master Hu Jianqiang. She was also the head coach for Taiji and Wushu at the center. In 1997 the family moved to the United States and founded the Shaolin Wushu Center, originally in South Windsor, CT and now also in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to her teaching and administrative duties at the Shaolin Wushu Center, Master Zong also teaches Taiji at UCLA.
Yu Te is a cultural exchange instructor from China. Yu Te was born in Hangzhou in 1988, and started training wushu at the age of 6. He joined the Zhejiang Province Professional Athletics Institute in 2000, and received a degree in National Traditional Athletics from the Zhejiang University in 2012. He specializes in spear and straight sword and has extensive knowledge of a variety of wushu styles. From 2010 to 2013, Yu Te was undefeated and won the straight sword division in ten tournaments.
He holds the following distinguished awards:
- 2013 King of Kings Tournament: 1st place (Spear, Straight sword, Broadsword, Taiji, Nanquan, Changquan, Staff)
- 2013 China Games: Spear and Straightsword 1st place
- 2013 World Championships: Spear 1st Place
- 2012 All Asia Games: Spear 1st Place