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Old 04-07-2014, 12:09 PM   #1
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"The Most Beautiful Tai Chi Champion"

This is actually a very sad story:

The young lady, Ma Chang, was the daughter of a 12th generation Chen Style Tai Chi master. She began practicing Tai Chi when she was very young, and won 20+ gold medals and dozens of silver medals in Tai Chi competitions. People called her the "most beautiful Tai Chi champion". Unfortunately, she was killed in a car accident - the driver lost control and hit a pole, and the sedan rolled over and went airborne before crashing down. There were four passengers in the car, and she was the only one who died.

She was 24. Her dad was devastated.

With all respect and sympathy to her family, please enjoy her performance.

Chen Style Tai Chi - 56-move national competition form

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3Am0s-eksw

Chen Style Tai Chi Sword - 49-move form

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUJXvPVPSUM

The adorable young Ma Chang

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PidIHIrHl1k

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Old 04-07-2014, 11:17 PM   #2
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Re: "The Most Beautiful Tai Chi Champion"

Thank you for sharing her performance with us. My heart goes out to her family.

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Old 04-09-2014, 09:19 AM   #3
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I'll tell you, the one thing this video did given the whole story was to go hug my daughter a few extra times... No, nothing to do with aiki. Everything to do with what's really important.

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Old 04-09-2014, 10:08 AM   #4
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Re: "The Most Beautiful Tai Chi Champion"

thank you for sharing in this great loss...
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:27 PM   #5
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How tragic that her life was so brief. Thank you for sharing the video so we could have at least a small glimpse of her talent and gong fu.
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:39 PM   #6
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Re: "The Most Beautiful Tai Chi Champion"

Dear Leung Sifu,
I hope I have given you the right nomenclature.First let me say how much I enjoyed the videos.So much grace, so beautifully demonstrated.I sat here entranced watching the clips.I also felt incredibly sad and moved nigh to tears when you stated that this young lady died in such tragic circumstances.
As you say , she was very beautiful.I offer my sincerest condolences to her family and her friends. My sympathy for their loss cannot be expressed by myself adequately.
I thank you for posting the video clips which I consider to be so elegant, harmonious and so delightful.A fitting tribute to a young lady who passed away too soon.May she rest in peace.Yours Sincerely, Joe.
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Old 04-09-2014, 01:47 PM   #7
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Dear Leung Sifu,
I hope I have given you the right nomenclature.First let me say how much I enjoyed the videos.So much grace, so beautifully demonstrated.I sat here entranced watching the clips.I also felt incredibly sad and moved nigh to tears when you stated that this young lady died in such tragic circumstances.
As you say , she was very beautiful.I offer my sincerest condolences to her family and her friends. My sympathy for their loss cannot be expressed by myself adequately.
I thank you for posting the video clips which I consider to be so elegant, harmonious and so delightful.A fitting tribute to a young lady who passed away too soon.May she rest in peace.Yours Sincerely, Joe.
Amen.

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Old 04-09-2014, 02:09 PM   #8
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Thanks for posting those clips and my deepest and sincere condolences.

Jeremy Hulley
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Old 05-05-2014, 09:44 AM   #9
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Re: "The Most Beautiful Tai Chi Champion"

Two more video clips posted by a gentleman on another forum.

The first clip shows Ma Chang practicing with her dad, a Chen Style Tai Chi Master (1:32).

Tribute to Sifu Ma Chang "Tai Chi Super Star"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0ypg3yuvQQ

She tried to popularize Tai Chi among the young people, using pop culture and entertainment formats they can relate to, to help them re-discover the ancient art.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4pKGID3sOI

I really want to cry after watching these...

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