Master Gaofei Yan at a famous Taoist temple in Wu Han China called Chang Chun Guan (the "Long Spring Temple"; 1994)
A native of Guangzhou (Canton), China, Master Max Gaofei Yan graduated with a B.A. in engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, in Xi’an city in Shaanxi Province. As a child he suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and in his teen years sought ways to deal with his affliction. He tried various forms of exercise and martial training under several masters until he found traditional Heavenly Chi Circle practice, which eventually eliminated his childhood affliction. Since then he has expanded his studies to other martial arts styles as well.
Based on his own personal JRA recovery, Master Yan deeply understands the benefits of Tao exercises and other ancient systems. He has traveled to many places in China researching different styles of exercises like Tai Chi, Fu Gui Wuji, Yi Jin Jing, Ba Duan Jin, Red Palm Qigong, Baguazhang, One Finger Chan, Xin Yi and Huan Yuan to name a few. More importantly, his training as an engineer and his deep understanding of the philosophy of the Tao Te Ching (the most important book in the Taoist canon) allow him to understand and interpret myriad Taoist exercises in a clear, comprehensive and fundamental fashion.
Master Yan is a contributing Editor of Internal Martial Arts Research as well as a contributor to Tai Chi Magazine and other literary media. Today he is a career engineer in the aviation industry and holder of many U.S. and international engineering patents in the field of fluid dynamics. Master Yan commutes globally for engineering business and to conduct seminars on traditional Taoist practice for the benefit of his many students in Europe, the Americas and Asia.