Brian with Sifu Po-Leung
Tai    Chi    and    the    other    internal    martial systems    have    always    been    a    continous study   and   passion   for   Brian.   As   a   child   he lived   in   San   Francisco's   Chinatown   district. At   an   early   age   he   was   fascinated   by   the artwork,    Buddha    statues    and    smells    of Chinatown.   There   were   always   the   sounds of   firecrackers   and   all   kinds   of   firework paraphanilia   around,   also   many   different Chinese   rituals   took   place   around   the   year. Being    a    good    athlete,    Brian's    interests merged   with   martial   arts.   His   first   teacher Sifu   Clarance   Lee   was   one   of   the   most intelligent   and   well   versed   martial   artists in   the   world.   With   Mr.   Lee   Brian   studied different     styles     of     Okinowan     Karate, American   boxing,   weapons   and   every   now and   then   some   Tai   Chi   principles.   It   was then    when    Tai    Chi    first    caught    Brian's attention,     by     the     slow     consentrated graceful      movements      that      Mr.      Lee practiced.    But    most    of    all    it    was    the centerdness   and   the   meditative   space   he would   see   Mr.   Lee   in.   Brian   stayed   with   his Sifu    for    years,    but    after    several    bone fractures   he   decided   to   take   a   break   from the whole scene for a while.
Many   years   later,   when   Brian   was   back   from   a   tour   in   Europe,   he   spotted   an   elderly gentleman   in   his   eighties   doing   the   most   amazing   concentrated   movements   of   Tai   Chi. This   was   another   Mr.   Lee   from   China.   At   this   point   Brian   asked   for   lessons   from   him,   but he   declined   to   teach   anyone   at   this   time.   Mr.   Lee   pointed   across   the   park   to   Sifu   Po Leung,   saying:   "There   is   your   teacher."   It   was   perfect,   just   a   great   person   and   one   of the   truly   great   Tai   Chi   masters   rooted   in   the   Yang   tradition   of   Tai   Chi.   That   day   began   a wonderful study and friendship which is still flowering. Along   with   Tai   Chi,   Brian   is   interested   in   Qigong   as   an   internal   energy   study.   He incorporates   all   these   principles   with   his   drumming   and   has   merged   his   philosophical ideas in his book "Tao of Drumming"
:: Sacred tree of the Golden Gate Park ::
Photo: © P. Vähi
Photo: © P. Vähi