Grandmaster Henry Look and a few of his students traveled to
China to pay their respects to their martial arts lineage and to
visit some of their fellow martial arts teachers and
practitioners. During this trip, they were honored with the
opportunity to meet with Madame Wang Yu-Fang, the daughter of
Grandmaster Wang Xiang-Zhai. Wang Xiang-Zhai was responsible for
formalizing the internal art called I-Chuan.
During this meeting as they discussed both Hsing-I Chuan and
I-Chuan, Madame Wang lamented the fact that while there were
active I-Chuan associations in China and Europe, there was no
I-Chuan association in the United States. She challenged
Grandmaster Look to establish an I-Chuan Association in the USA.
Grandmaster Look gratefully accepted the challenge and in 2003
the I-Chuan Association of the USA was born.
The association began as a small group of dedicated
practitioners and students of I-Chuan in Northern California. As
word of the organization spread they welcomed members from other
parts of the US. In 2004 they achieved official non-profit
status. In 2005 the I-Chuan Association of the USA will
establish formal geographic regions where local regional heads
will take up the challenge of promoting and advancing the
practice of I-Chuan in their regions.