Bow-sim Mark

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Mark.
麦宝婵
Mark, Bow-sim
Born Guangzhou, China
Residence Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Nationality American
Style Taijiquan
Northern Shaolin
Wudangquan
Notable relatives Donnie Yen
Bow-sim Mark
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Bow-sim Mark is a martial arts master (or sifu) who lives in Newton, Massachusetts, USA.[1]

Training[edit]

Mark is originally from Guangzhou, China. She began studying martial arts at elementary school, training seriously in high school and then at Wushu training schools, specialising in t'ai chi ch'uan and Northern Shaolin. Mark learned Fu Style Wudangquan by training under Fu Wing Fay for 10 years; Wing Fay was the eldest son and top student of Grandmaster Fu Chen Sung. She was an instructor at Wing Fay's school from 1968-74.[2]

Career[edit]

Mark emigrated to Brighton, Massachusetts in 1975, after living for a year in Hong Kong, and founded the Chinese Wushu Research Institute in July 1976.[3][4] She still teaches and performs in the Boston area. She was one of the first to provide Chinese wushu instruction in the West.[5] She gave the first demonstration of Combined Tai Chi Chuan in the United States, and published the first description of the technique in 1975.[2] Mark won a gold medal at the first International Tournament of T'ai chi ch'uan in Wuhan City in 1984.[6] She was named Black Belt magazine's Kung-Fu artist of the year for 1995.[7]

One of her specialities is her Wudang sword dance.[2] She played the part of a 'kung fu diva' in a play, Mum and Shah at the Lyric Stage theater in Boston in 1995.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She has two children,[3] including her son, martial arts movie star Donnie Yen,[9] and a daughter, Chris Chi-ching Yen, who placed third in a Wushu tournament in 1986 when she was just twelve,[10] and who has also joined the film industry.[11][12] She is married to Klyster Yen.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cobb, Nathan (13 March 2001). "Grande Dame of Wu Dang". Boston Globe. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Kwan, Paul W.L. (April 1978). "The New Wu Shu". Black Belt. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Wong, Sandy (December 1975). "Tai Chi Chaun's Little China Doll Comes To America". Black Belt. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "M.I.T. students study combined Tai Chi Chuan". Black Belt. February 1976. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Carrabis, Joseph-David (April 1984). "Combined Tai Chi in the U.S. Stepping out of China's shadow". Black Belt. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Tai Chi Tourney a Hit in Mainland China". Black Belt. October 1984. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Awards so far". Black Belt. October 1996. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  8. ^ MacMillan, Valerie J. (7 July 1995). "Mum and Shah Blends Motion, Fancy". Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  9. ^ Lukitsh, Jean (February 1994). "Yen Yearns for Stardom in Hong Kong Films". Black Belt. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Youngster wins Wushu award". Black Belt. February 1986. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Chris (Chi Ching) Yen". Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts Association. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Rosenbaum, S.I. (8 March 2009). "Kung Fu daughter". Boston Globe. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 

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