Grand Master Wang is known as the sole inheritor of the "robe and bowl"
of T'ien Shan Pai (Celestial Mountain School of Boxing).
He was born in December of 1911 in the Hsi-Chuan
Province of China. His father was a doctor
of herbal medicine and also a martial artist.
Because Wang's father was quite
successful, the family lived well.
As a child, Wang was trained in martial arts. Over the years many teachers
were hired to instruct him privately at home.
By the early 1930's, as civil war raged across China, the then 18 year old
Wang joined Chiang Kai Shek's forces. He became a Kung Fu instructor for the
KMT, Chaing's army for the Republic of China, and was assigned to teach at their
Armor Force Headquarters. Coach Wang was so successful in his position that
he made the military his primary career.
When Chiang's forces were defeated by Mao and fled to Taiwan in 1946, Wang
went with them. He settled in Taichung, because that was where the Republic
of China had set up its Armored Force base.
Wang bought a house in Taichung. During the day, he worked for the army.
After hours, he taught martial art in the backyard of his home.
His backyard school, was called "Lei Sheng Wu Yuan", or "Thunder Sound Martial
Arts Garden." It was not long before the reputation of both Wang and his school
extended far beyond military circles.
Soon, the coach was being hired to go throughout the countryside to teach.
First he taught privately, in young men's homes. Later on, as more and more
wanted to learn, he set up classes for group training, in the villages surrounding
By the mid-1950's, Wang had retired from the military and was teaching his
system, which he called "T'ien Shan Pai," full time. He had many students
and taught in many locations throughout Taiwan. Wang continued to teach and
to operate his school full time through the 1980's.
Although Wang never actually told any of his instructors he was "yi ben" or the
inheritor of the mantle of "T'ien Shan Pai", it was understood by both his
students as well as his instructors that he was.
Once Willy Lin had become
Wang's assistant and head instructor, Wang Jyue Jen made it clear to all of
the members of his Lei Sheng (Thunder Sound) School that Willy Lin
was also "yi ben" .
In his later years, Wang enjoyed traveling and spending his time painting
in the traditional Chinese manner. We have
Wang Jyue Jen's Tiger Painting
on display in our Gallery.
He died a natural death in 1990.