RIP: Grandmaster Mai Yu Qiang 1938-2023 by Gene Ching

Long time collaborator and publisher of Gene Ching shares of poignant news about the passing of Grandmaster Mai Yu Qiang

I interacted with Grandmaster minimally, primarily in my capacity as director of the photo-shoot which would bring forth images used both on the cover and feature article of the December 2000 issue KUNG FU QIGONG (as it was titled at the time).There were a variety of dynamics at play as we not only needed capture a suitable cover image, These masters were selected for their skill with a variety of weapons we needed photos of to present the Kungfu’s Top 100 Weapons features. Adding to the preasure of that session was the acknowledges it would be the last of our monthly issues. Gene goes into greater detail about the publishing dynamics in his piece for KungFuMagazine. While the language barrier offered its own challenges it was not a problem for our talented in-house photographer Kevin Ho, who was fluent. We would collaborate closely to deliver the best shots to pick from.

His and his son’s weapon work was outstanding, and if I had access to the primary KFM image vaults today, I would share many of the iconic silhouettes we derived from that photo-shoot. Alas, I count it among the many pandemic induced losses of 2020. But you can find one example of the many images which documents Grandmaster Mai Yu Qiang’s kung fu at the button below.

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Grandmaster Mai Yu Qiang’s martial heritage lives on in his son Zhong Luo.

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