Reminiscences of Yao Zongxun part VI

Masters of the IMA

A: Just now we got to talking about how you quit your job for Yiquan, what was all that about?
C: In 1981, soon after M Yao and I had returned from Shanghai, in order to develop a Beijing San Da team, [the world-renowned wushu coach] Wu Bin invited me to join what later became the Beijing Combat Research Association. But my factory refused flat out to let me go. Wu Bin then said, as long as you find a way to temporarily transfer over for 2 weeks, I’ve got a way to make you permanent. But my factory still wouldn’t let me go, and I had no way to change their mind. It was only when Wu Bin saw that I really couldn’t come over, that he decided to transfer Mei Huizhi instead.

Wu Bin with his student, Jet Li
Wu Bin with his erstwhile student, Jet Li

A: That was a real opportunity to promote Yiquan.

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