Sifu Jason Tsou

President


Sifu Jason Tsou
Master Jason Tsou was born in Taiwan, Republic of China, in 1949. He began his martial arts studies more than 50 years ago when at the age of eleven he learned Mei Hwa Chang Quan (Plum Blossom style Long Fist Kung Fu) from Grandmaster Wu Ti Pang’s school, that was his first exposure to a Northern Chinese Kung Fu style. With that foundation, Master Tsou went on to study with the following masters and learned their respective styles: Yang Bao Zen - Shaolin weapons, Mei Hwa Quan, Taiji Quan, and Taiji Qigong Chang Dong Sheng - Shuai Jiao Chang Yi Cheng- Xingyi Quan, Bagua Zhang, Taiji Quan Liu Yun Chiao - Bagua Zhang, Bagua Qigong, Baji Quan, Pigua Zhang and Baji Qigong Su Yu Chang- Praying mantis, 18 Lo Han, 12 Meridian, and 5 Element Qigong Adam Hsu- Islamic style long fist, Chen style Taiji Quan Deng Kuo Hua - Hung Gar Qigong Liu Jen Jun - Tibetan Qigong Dr. Yu Ta Fang- Tuina Dr. Su Yu Chang- Acupuncture, Herbs Master Tsou won the Singles championship title at the 1971 National kung fu tournament held in Taipei. He also served as the chief martial arts instructor for the Taiwan Air Force, Fourth Division. Master Tsou immigrated to the U.S. in 1974 to pursue further graduate study at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth where he received a second Master's Degree in Chemistry. His first Master's degree was in Engineering from Feng Chia University in Taiwan. During his college years in Taiwan, Master Tsou was chairman of his Kung Fu club. Upon moving to Massachusetts, he founded the kung fu club at UMass and also served as a guest instructor at Harvard and MIT Kung Fu club(s). During a time of civil unrest, Master Tsou was invited by the Massachusetts State Police to teach riot control techniques for State Troopers. In 1977, Master Tsou moved to Los Angeles, California and co-founded a Kung Fu club at UCLA. By 1990 what had begun as a hobby became the Jason Tsou Kung Fu Academy with the opening of his studio in San Gabriel. For the better part of the last decade of the 20th century, Master Tsou ran his studio as well as his engineering practice on a full-time basis. In 1998 he closed the studio and had been teaching private groups in the park ever since. Master Tsou has become one of the premier instructors of traditional Chinese martial arts in the U.S. He featured in the following books and periodicals: Inside Kung-Fu, The Complete Guide to Kung Fu Fighting Styles, Karate and Kung Fu Illustrated, Black Belt, Fighting Stars, The Pakua Journal, Journal of Chinese Martial Arts and Tai Chi Magazine to mention a few. To showcase traditional Chinese weapons fighting, Master Tsou formed an organization called "Circle of Arms." He has also given his support to the promotion of Jianshu (Chinese sword fighting for sport) and Sanda (compiled fighting style derived from Kung Fu) and Extreme Push hands at major Chinese martial arts tournaments. He has functioned as chief judge for Jianshu, Extreme Push hands, as well as form competition (Taiji and Kung Fu) at Nick Scrima's International Chinese Martial Arts Championships and Ron Quan's Tempt One Tournament. Master Tsou was also invited by the Department of World Cultures and Arts at UCLA to teach a course on Tai Chi Chuan and Chinese Martial arts in 2007 and continues to do so. He taught Tai Chi Chuan, Jianshu (Chinese sword combat) and Kung Fu as a guest lecturer of the kinesiology department between 2008 and 2016; guest lecturer for Construction Engineering Management Department since 2012 at California State University, Long Beach. In 2011, University of East-West Medicine invited him as a guest lecturer for its Tai Chi College, and he gave several workshops for their under and graduate students. In 2005 Jason Tsou retired as a full-timer from a manager of his engineering company. Since then, he has had more time to work on his projects. He attended Bryman College in 2005 to learn western massage techniques and obtain a certification from the State of California. Also, with his senior student Art Schonfeld (a retired lawyer), they developed many instructional DVDs and books, including: Bagua Chi Kung- the secrets of the dragon, Tai chi- Chi kung-harmony in transition, Chin Na: Taking control of energy, The Random Circles-Tai Chi Push Hands, The Complete Jian Shu: Chinese combat sword for sport, Yang Taiji: the Untold Story, and Tantui: gateway to Kung Fu Acknowledged worldwide for his skill and achievements in traditional Chinese martial arts, In 2007 Sifu Tsou was listed in the mainland government's official publication of "Who's Who in Chinese Martial Arts." In 2017 he was elected as the president of the Traditional Chinese Martial Art Federation (TCMAF) and continues his mission of reserving, promoting his dedication to the Chinese Martial Art.