Sam Masich was born February 7, 1962 in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. He began his career with an intensive apprenticeship in taijiquan and judo at age 18 with Brien Gallagher in Burnaby, BC. By age twenty, he was teaching in community centres in Vancouver BC and in 1985 was selected to Canada's national Chinese martial arts team to compete in the 1st World Wushu Invitational tournament in Xian, China. During the 1980s, Masich gained a reputation as a top taijiquan/neijiaquan competitor. He currently resides in Berlin, Germany.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Masich became a formal disciple of Yang Jwing Ming and Liang Shouyu. As well he furthered his studies with Yang Zhen Duo, Chen Xiaowang and Jou Tsung Hwa. During this time he began teaching workshops and seminars in his native Canada and elsewhere. He created the "5 Section Taijiquan Program" and has published articles and films on taijiquan (T'ai chi ch'uan, taijijian, pushing hands), Xingyiquan, Baguazhang and other subjects.
From the 1990s, while continuing his research and teaching in the field of Neijiaquan, Masich began a parallel career as a performing songwriter and recording artist, working primarily with Christine Duncan and Michael Friedman and in collaboration with Michael Creber, Miles Black and others.
Other endeavours have included stints as a film and television special skills trainer and choreographer (see Black Sash (TV series)), workshop facilitator for professional actors and martial arts instructional-film maker. He is the subject of two internationally airing documentaries including Quiet Places: A Tai Chi Retreat by Omni Films.
|2012||Lucky Time||Sam Masich||producer, composer, lyricist, vocalist|
|2006||Diamond Space||Michael Friedman||producer, lyricist|
|2005||Cinematic||FFM (Friedman, Fortin & Masich)||performer, writer|
|2005||Cow!||Aldous Orwell Project||vocalist, guitarist, songwriter|
|2005||Blue Manifesto||Blue Manifesto (Sam Masich & Bobby Kapp)||vocalist, guitarist, songwriter|
|1998||Why It Happens||Sam Masich & Christine Duncan||vocalist, guitarist, songwriter|
|1998||Angst Ridden Writer||Michael Friedman||lyricist|
|1997||Different Standards||Christine Duncan||songwriter, co-producer (with Miles Black)|
|1997||The Vogue Show||Christine Duncan||producer/song-writing contributor|
|1995||AniManiacal||Sam Masich||vocalist, song-writer|
|1994||Rhythm and Bliss||Moritz & the Fiddleheads||guitarist|
Internal Arts Filmography
|2007||Sam Masich Video Classics Collection||20 hours 14 volumes|
|2007||Push Hands Video Manual vol. 2||45 min|
|2007||Yang Style Traditional 54 Taijijian||60 min|
|2007||Zheng Manqing Taijiquan||118 min|
|2004||5 Section Chen Style Taijiquan||60 min|
|2003||Traditional Yang Style Taijiquan 108||60 min|
|2002||Tai Chi in Performance||65 min|
|1996||5 Section Taijijian (solo sword)||80 min|
|1996||5 Section Taijijian (2 person sword)||70 min|
|1993||Balancing the Heart Qigong||80 min|
|1993||Tai Chi for 50+||45 min|
|1992/2003||Vital Xingyiquan vol. 1||70 min|
|1992/2003||Vital Xingyiquan vol. 2||105 min|
|1992||5 Section Yang Style Taijiquan||60 min|
|1992||5 Section Taijiquan (2 person)||40 min|
|1991||24 Simplified Taijiquan||90 min|
|1988||Tai Chi Reference Video Series||60 min|
|1987||Push Hands Video Manual vol. 1||40 min|
- Wei, Yang (2008). Extraordinary Chinese Martial Artists of the World. Hong Kong: World Culture Exchange.
- Black Belt 27 (1). January 1989.
- Black Belt 27 (2). February 1989.
- Wu, Wen-Ching (2001). Denise Breiter, ed. Kung Fu elements : Wushu training and martial arts application manual. East Providence, R.I.: The Way of the Dragon Publishing. ISBN 1889659177.
- Words and Music 4: 24–28. 1997.
Documentaries on Sam Masich
The Ancient Arts of Tai Chi and Qigong (Osiris Films 1998)
Quiet Places—A Tai Chi Retreat (OMNI Films 1999)
- Sam Masich official website
- Sam Masich Internal Arts 馬希奇内家拳 on FaceBook
- Sam Masich (music) on FaceBook
- Wei, Yang (2008), In the Spirit of the 2008 Olympics: Extraordinary Chinese Martial Artists of the World, Hong Kong, China: World Culture Exchange Publishing House (featured martial artist)
- Liang, Shou-Yu & Wu, Wen-Ching. Kung Fu Elements; Wushu Training and Applications Manual. pp. 372, 423, 444, 445 ISBN 1-889659-17-7 (featured martial artist)
- Dr. Yang Jwing Ming and Bolt, Jeffery. Northern Shaolin Sword. (Foreword by Sam Masich) ISBN 1-886969-85-X
- Master Liang Shou-yu, Dr. Yang Jwing-ming, Mr. Wu Wen-ching Ermei Baguazhang (martial art photo assistant) ISBN 0-940871-30-0
- Master Liang Shou-yu, Dr. Yang Jwing-ming. Xingyiquan (martial art photo assistant) ISBN 0-940871-41-6
- Babin, Michael. Yang-style Taiji. p. 328 ISBN 978-1-58160-618-8
- Sam Masich: Taiji biography
- Sam Masich: music biography