Debbie Leung started her martial arts practice in 1978 with Shito-ryu karate. In 1981, training began in Northern Shaolin
kung-fu in Olympia, WA, where she learned about herself and nature as well as the art. Its traditional foundation carried
over to advanced Taiji and qigong training in 1994 with Master Wen Mei Yu, who she continues to see for corrections and training
in Liangong, qigong, and Wu Style Taijiquan. In 2007, Debbie began learning Baguazhang and is deepening her understanding
of internal arts with Master Su Zifang. Debbie now uses these Chinese movement arts to help people through their health
issues, especially as they age.
Master Yu has devoted her life to the study, practice, and teaching of qigong and
Taijiquan since 1953. She studied directly with lineage holders (including Wu Ying Hua, grand-daughter of the creator of the
traditional Wu Style Taijiquan) and style creators (including Liangong creator Dr. Zhuang Yuan Ming) in Shanghai, and
has received many awards in both China and the U.S. She now lives and teaches in the Los Angeles area.
Master Su trained full-time since a child among China's great martial artists including Bagua Grandmaster Sha Guozheng
and Xingyiquan Grandmaster He Fusheng. She was named one of China's 100 Outstanding Wushu Practitioners by the Chinese National
Wushu Association. She won numerous medals in national and international competitions and has coached many champions in China
Honors Debbie has received:
2012 Assn of Women Martial Arts Instructors Hall of Fame for 30+ years of training and dedication
2009 Martial Artist
of the Year, Pacific Assn of Women Martial Artists
In 1979, Debbie started teaching self-defense classes to women and
teens in Olympia and beyond. She is the author of SELF-DEFENSE: The Womanly Art of Self-Care, Intuition, and Choice (R&M
Press, 1991). For information on her self-defense classes and to order copies of her book, click on the link below.
Self-defense with Debbie Leung
The physical and mental challenges of competitive figure skating for over 10 years have added new dimensions that enhance
and reinforce Debbie's martial arts foundation.
Debbie has been a writer and editor, editing the quarterly newsletter
of the Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists (PAWMA) for ten years. She has articles published in Organic Gardening
magazine and has been a regional tester with them for many years. Her food garden is too large for her own good and she is
pursuing photography more seriously.
She can be contacted by clicking below: