Master Mark was born in
Guangzhou, China She began studying martial arts at elementary school, training
seriously in high school and then at Wushu training schools, studying standard
wushu forms and specializing in styles of Taijiquan and Northern Shaolin. Mark
learned Fu Style by training under Fu Yong Hui for 10 years; Yong Hui was the
eldest son and top student of Grandmaster Fu Zhen Song She was an instructor at
Fu Yong Hui’s school from 1968-73. In 1973 she was the Chief Instructor of
Women’s Wushu Association in Hong Kong. While in Hong Kong she was also an
instructor of Traditional Chinese Dance. She gave many wushu performances in
Hong Kong and in the United States.
Master Mark moved to
Massachusetts in 1975. In 1976 she founded the Chinese Wushu Research Institute
in Boston. She has taught and presented at numerous colleges in the Boston
area. In 1984 she won a gold medal for her Taijiquan performance at the first
International Tournament of Taijiquan in Wuhan City. She was named Black Belt
magazine's Kung-Fu artist of the year for 1995. Black Belt Magazine also named
her one of the Most Influential Martial Artists of the 20th Century.
Small, but mighty, she has inspired many martial artists with her
extreme power and flexibility, and astonished more with her artistry in
performance. It is no surprise that her son is the movie star, Donnie Yen. In
addition to teaching and performing, she has written many books and produced
videos on martial arts, including books on Taijiquan, Advanced Sword, Broadsword,
and Wushu Basic Techniques and Training.