Hi I’m Julius Lutero. It all started 16 years ago from an amazing article I read about Taiji before I even knew what it was. 2 weeks later I found myself beginning to learn under Master Fu Sheng Yuan, a lineage holder of Yang family Taiji. His father Fu Zhong Wen was a disciple of the famous Yang Cheng Fu. In my 7 years of diligent study under Master Fu I learned Yang style form, sword, sabre (broadsword), push hands and fa jin. I became his disciple. Sadly he has now passed.
I was always interested in learning more about how to use the fighting skills of Taiji Quan which eventually gravitated me towards training with my second teacher; Master Rocky Kwong, who specialised in Wu Style Taiji fighting applications and push hands. I trained with Rocky for 3 and a half years studying form, technical exercises, punching, fighting applications and push hands. This was a wonderful learning curve and very satisfying learning how to respond to different punches and how to move and punch quickly.
Due to wanting to compete in Push Hands competition the next step of my path led me to Master Chen Zhonghua; lineage holder for Chen Style Practical Method. With the form and foundation exercises being the solo training aspects of this style, Practical Method has a strong focus on Push Hands which in their style is largely a form of competitive wrestling with take downs, etc. I also spent 3 and a half years studying this method.
Then I came full circle back to Yang Style and what truly fascinated me about Taiji in the first place : Peng / Lu / Ji / An, Qi, cultivating Jin, 4 ounces overcomes 1000 pounds, etc. I found my home and new Taiji family in studying and then becoming a teacher under Sifu Adam Mizner. His system is all about sinking the Qi to then be able to mobilise it throughout the body via the cultivation of Song, Ting and eventually Jin. (release, awareness and internal power). The deepest aspects of this art that to many outsiders seem mystical and unbelievable Adam can explain and demonstrate very clearly. And more importantly can give specific methods to develop it. After training directly with Sifu Adam I have found his system to hold the true wisdom and internal secrets of Taiji that are the very reason I started this great art so many years ago. He teaches the Nei Gong that none of the others taught me. It’s not to say they didn’t know how to cultivate the internal aspects of the training but these things are often not shared openly. This makes Sifu Adam Mizner a rare combination of a master that has the skill and also openly teaches you how to build it for yourself. It’s still far from free and certainly not easy; but the difference here is that it is available. It requires diligence and perseverance but anyone who is willing to put in the work sincerely can achieve it.
I will always have a deep respect and appreciation for what I learned from the first 3 masters I trained under. Now I am extremely grateful to have found and been welcomed into this wonderful system with an extremely skilled master that shares the true essence and secrets of this often illusive and mysterious art. And I am honoured to now be able to demystify it for others too. To arrive home and complete such a long search for the internal wisdom of Taiji is a relief and an inspiring step forward in the growth for myself, my students with the value of being part of the global community of the Heaven Man Earth Taiji school.
I’m excited to share this glorious internal practice and it’s many practical benefits for improved health, spirituality and martial art with as many people as I can.
Julius Lutero, 2020. 🙏