Grandmaster Mantak Chia was born in Thailand to Chinese parents in 1944. While still a grammar school student he learned traditional Thai boxing. He was then taught Tai Chi Chuan by Master Lu, who soon introduced him to Aikido, Yoga and broader levels of Tai Chi. It was Master Yi Eng who authorized Master Chia to teach and heal. Master Cheng Yao-Lun’s system combined Thai boxing and Kung Fu. Mantak Chia also studied at this time with Master Pan Yu whose system combined Taoist, Buddhist and Zen teachings.
Master Pan Yu also taught him about the exchange of Yin and Yang power between men and women and how to develop the Steel Body. To understand the mechanisms behind healing energy better, Master Chia studied Western anatomy and medical science for two years. Using his knowledge of Taoism combined with the other disciplines, Master Mantak Chia developed and began teaching the Universal Healing Tao System. He eventually trained other instructors to communicate this knowledge and he established the Natural Healing Center in Thailand.
During his years in America, Grand Master Mantak Chia continued his studies in the Wu System of Tai Chi with Edward Yee in New York. Since then, Master Chia has taught tens of thousands of students throughout the world. Living Tao Centers, Chi Nei Tsang Institutes, Cosmic Healing Forums and Immortal Tao Mountain Sanctuaries have opened in many location in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
Master Mantak Chia has been the only one named twice as Qigong Master of the Year by the International Congress of Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong in 1990 and 2012 and is also listed as number 18 of the 100 most Spiritually Influential people in The Watkins Review 2012. Nowadays, Master Chia is still in the list of the 100 most influential spiritual leaders.