Master Yon Lee has studied Shaolin Hung Gar Tiger Crane Kung Fu for over 30 years. As a fourth generation disciple of the Tiger Crane style, he received his training from Master Tang Kwok Wah, the senior disciple of the Grandmaster Lam Jo.
For the past 11 years, Master Lee has been the senior adviser and chief instructor to the Harvard Tai Chi Tiger Crane Club. He coached the Harvard Kung Fu Team in the 1986 Harvard-Yale Collegiate Kung Fu Match. From 1992 to 1994, he offered Tai Chi as an alternative for stress management for participants who were recommended by staff physicians under the Harvard Health & Fitness Program. In addition, he taught tai chi and chi kung at the Harvard Medical School Tai Chi Club, Brandeis Tai Chi Club, and Boston University Chi Kung Study Group.
Through the years, Master Lee has offered classes and exhibitions at Brandeis, BU, MIT, Princeton, UMass and numerous community festivals. In 1980 he hosted the first Wushu Exhibition Team from China to Boston. From 1983 through 1986, he collaborated on a research project on the effects of "chi kung" on cancer at Mass General Hospital with a team of doctors from China. He often lectured on the health benefits of tai chi and chi kung to corporate groups and on the conference circuits. In Spring of 1994 Master Lee and the Harvard Tai Chi Club was featured on Boston's Channel 7 Urban Update.
Yon Lee attended Brandeis University and the Graduate School of Physics at Northeastern University, and was an Overseas Scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. For seven years he served as the Mayor's Liaison to the Asian community for the Mayor of Boston in the Flynn and Menino administrations. In May 1997 Master Lee was elected National Director of Collegiate Services of the U.S. Martial Arts Association. During a visit by world famous martial arts movie star Jackie Chan to Harvard, Master Lee and the kung fu team played as official greeters to the 2001 Artist of the Year. A full feature story on Master Lee’s teaching appeared in the Harvard Gazette on May 24, 2001. During January 2006, Master Lee led a pilgrimage of Harvard students to China and visited the venerable Shaolin Temple in Songshan Mountains in Dengfeng City in Henan Province. A recepirocal visit by the Mayor of Dengfeng City and the former Chief Secretary of the Shaolin Temple Charity of China took place at Adams House to formalize an annual Harvard Shaolin cultural exchange in May 2006 for Harvard students.
Master Lee now divides his time teaching kung fu, tai chi and chi kung at Harvard, and assemblying the many teams to form a Shaolin Temple Center of Excellence and university in the Boston area as well as working towards getting tai chi and chi kung recognized and certified as an alternative health tool by the medical and healthcare communities through a standardization of the teaching of tai chi and chi kung.
You can contact Yon Lee by e-mailing him (yonlee AT fas) or contacting him through Facebook.