Grandmaster Alan Lee
Alan Lee is a grandmaster of both the Northern and Southern Kung Fu styles. He started his training in martial arts at the age of seven under the tutelage of his father, Lee Tiān Táng, a renowned master of the Southern Stone Fist style. Mr. Lee subsequently went to Beijing and studied under Grandmaster Jì Yŭ Jūn, a well-known and respected teacher of the northern Wu-Su styles. These became Grandmaster Lee’s favored systems.
After leaving Beijing, Mr. Lee traversed the Chinese countryside three times, studying with over 26 different teachers. This was facilitated by the prominence of Mr. Lee’s family. His uncle, Lee Zōng Rén, also a Southern style master and one of Mr. Lee’s early instructors, was a famous general who won the first modern military victory against the Japanese at the Battle of Táiérzhuāng.
Since his arrival in the United States in 1959, Grandmaster Lee and his students have given innumerable exhibitions for the public, notably in such educational institutions as Columbia University and Hunters College, parks such as the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and the Bronx Botanical Gardens, public facilities such as Grand Central, and various television shows including “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”, “The Merv Griffin Show”, “The Mike Douglas Show”, “The Joe Franklin Show” and “Like It Is”.
Grandmaster Lee has received wide recognition from the larger martial arts community as a patriarch of traditional Chinese Martial Arts in America. This includes numerous magazine articles, the chairmanship of the Second International Convention of Martial Arts and induction into the Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame.
Professionally, Grandmaster Lee has earned two degrees in engineering. Until his retirement, Mr. Lee worked as a senior electronics engineer with several prominent communications and engineering companies. This work included the development of communications systems for the InterStat #1 (Early Bird) satellite and development of the Telex communication system. Later, Mr. Lee began his own businesses in the areas of engineering consultation, general consulting, import and export, and real estate. He also owns many patents, copyrights and trademarks.
Grandmaster Lee remains very active in the temple and teaches his degree holders on a regular basis. He is currently involved in providing a longevity training program for both his students and the general public. Through the application of Dao Yin Bi Ji, Grandmaster Lee devotes his time to helping those most in need of these unique, life-enriching programs which are a fundamental part of Kung Fu training.