Sam Masich

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Sam Masich (born February 7, 1962) is a taijiquan instructor, performing songwriter and filmmaker residing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Berlin, Germany.


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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.[1] During the 1980s, Masich gained a reputation as a top taijiquan/neijiaquan competitor.[2][3] He currently resides in Berlin, Germany.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Masich became a formal disciple of Yang Jwing Ming and Liang Shouyu.[4] 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.[5]

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.



Year Album Title Artist Role
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, songwriter
1994 Rhythm and Bliss Moritz & the Fiddleheads guitarist

Internal Arts Filmography[edit]

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Year Film Title Length
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


  1. ^ Wei, Yang (2008). Extraordinary Chinese Martial Artists of the World. Hong Kong: World Culture Exchange.
  2. ^ Black Belt. 27 (1). January 1989. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Black Belt. 27 (2). February 1989. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Words and Music. 4: 24–28. 1997. Missing or empty |title= (help)

Documentaries on Sam Masich[edit]

The Ancient Arts of Tai Chi and Qigong (Osiris Films 1998)
Quiet Places—A Tai Chi Retreat (OMNI Films 1999)

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • 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

Secrets of the Qigong Masters: Interview with Sam Masich