THE EIGHT IMMORTALS OF CHINA.  

THE EIGHT IMMORTALS OF GRANDMASTER CHUNG SHU WAI
Immortal:   
Birthdate:   
Currently Resides In:  
Graduate of:   
Currently Attends:   
Majors In:   
​Current Rank In Class:   
Prior Martial Arts Experience:   
Time with Current Teacher:   
Current Tournament Standings:   T/B/A

Immortal:   Jakl'a Wortham (8)
Birthdate:   September 15th
Currently Resides In:   Lufkin, Texas
Graduate of:  Brandon Elementary-Lufkin, Texas
​Currently Attends:   Lufkin Middle School- Lufkin, Texas
Majors In: Required
Current Rank In Class:   Brown Sash
Prior Martial Arts Experience:   None
Time with Current Teacher:   2 years, 2 months
Current Tournament Standings:  1st Place, U.S. National Champion/Forms, Chinese Division, 3rd Place, Open Divison (2010), 1st Place Sparring/3rd Place Forms-Ocean Nationals (2010), 3rd Place Forms/Houston International (2010) U.S. National Grand Champion/Sparring 1st Place, 1st Place Traditional Forms, 1st Place Open Forms (2011) 


THE EIGHT IMMORTALS OF CHINA



LI TieGuai (1)
李鐵拐 
 "Iron-crutch Li", who always carries a crutch and a gourd; he is the emblem of the sick.

Chungli Ch'uan (2)
Zhongli Quan
鐘離權 
 Usually shown with a fan; he represents the military man

Lan Ts'ai-ho (3)
LAN CaiHe
藍采和
 The strolling singer, either a woman or a young boy, shown with a flower-basket; patron deity of florist.

Chang Kuo-lao (4)
ZHANG GuoLao
張果老
 Said to have lived in the 7-th or early 8-th century, shown as a rule with his mule, and carrying a bamboo tube-drum with iron sticks; he is the emblem of old men.

Ho Hsien-ku (5)
HE XianGu
何仙姑
 A woman, said to have lived in the late 7-th century, shown with a lotus blossom or flower basket, and occasionally with a peach and sheng reed-organ.

Lu Tung-pin (6)
LU DongBin
呂洞賓 
 Born c. 755 AD, died 805 AD, shown with a fly-whisker, is dressed as a scholar, and honored as such. He also had a magic sword with which he performed freak feats, for which reason he is also the patron deity of barbers.

Han Hsiang-tzu (7)
HAN XiangZi
韓湘子
 Said to be the nephew of the Tang Dynasty statesman and scholar Han Yu, is often shown with a flute, and patron deity of musicians.

Ts'ao Kuo-ch'iu (8)
CAO GuoJiu
曹國舅
 Said to have been connected with the Sung Imperial family, and is generally shown with castanets or a jade tablet of admission to court; patron deity of actors.



In Qigong and Chinese Martial Arts

The Eight Immortals have been linked to the initial development of qigong exercises such as the Eight Piece Brocade. [2] There are some Chinese Martial Arts styles named after the Eight Immortals which uses fighting techniques that are attributed to the characteristics of each immortal. [3]




The Eight Immortals (Chinese: 八仙; pinyin: Bāxiān; Wade–Giles: Pa-hsien) are a group of legendary xian ("immortals; transcendents; saints") in Chinese mythology. Each Immortal's power can be transferred to a power tool (法器) that can give life or destroy evil. Together, these eight tools are called "Covert Eight Immortals" (暗八仙 àn ~). Most of them are said to have been born in the Tang Dynasty or Song Dynasty. They are revered by the Taoists, and are also a popular element in the secular Chinese culture. They are said to live on a group of five islands in the Bohai Sea which includes Penglai Mountain-Island.

The Immortals are:
 Immortal Woman He (He Xiangu),
 Royal Uncle Cao (Cao Guojiu),
 Iron-Crutch Li (Tieguai Li),
 Lan Caihe,
 Lü Dongbin, (leader)
 Philosopher Han Xiang (Han Xiang Zi),
 Elder Zhang Guo (Zhang Guo Lao), and
 Han Zhongli (Zhongli Quan).


THE LEGEND OF QUAN YIN, GODDESS OF MERCY

The Legend of Quan Yin 
One of the deities most frequently seen on altars in China's temples is Quan Yin (also spelled Kwan Yin, Kuanyin; in pinyin, Guanyin). In Sanskrit, her name is Padma-pâni, or "Born of the Lotus." Regarded by the Chinese as the goddess of mercy, she was originally male until the early part of the 12th century and has evolved since that time from her prototype, Avalokiteshvara, "the merciful lord of utter enlightment," an Indian bodhisattva who chose to remain on earth to bring relief to the suffering rather than enjoy for himself the ecstasies of Nirvana. One of the several stories surrounding Quan Yin is that she was a Buddhist who through great love and sacrifice during life, had earned the right to enter Nirvana after death. However, like Avlokiteshvara, while standing before the gates of Paradise she heard a cry of anguish from the earth below. Turning back to earth, she renounced her reward of bliss eternal but in its place found immortality in the hearts of the suffering. In China she has many names and is also known as "great mercy, great pity; salvation from misery, salvation from woe; self-existent; thousand arms and thousand eyes," etc. In addition she is often referred to as the Goddess of the Southern Sea -- or Indian Archipelago -- and has been compared to the Virgin Mary. She is one of the San Ta Shih, or the Three Great Beings, renowned for their power over the animal kingdom or the forces of nature. These three Bodhisattvas or P'u Sa as they are know in China, are namely Manjusri (Skt.) or Wên Shu, Samantabhadra or P'u Hsien, and Avalokitesvara or Quan Yin. 

Quan Yin is a shortened form of a name that means One Who Sees and Hears the Cry from the Human World. Her Chinese title signifies, "She who always observes or pays attention to sounds," i.e., she who hears prayers. Sometimes possessing eleven heads, she is surnamed Sung-Tzu-Niang-Niang, "lady who brings children." She is goddess of fecundity as well as of mercy. Worshipped especially by women, this goddess comforts the troubled, the sick, the lost, the senile and the unfortunate. Her popularity has grown such through the centuries that she is now also regarded as the protector of seafarers, farmers and travelers. She cares for souls in the underworld, and is invoked during post-burial rituals to free the soul of the deceased from the torments of purgatory. There are temples all over China dedicated to this goddess, and she is worshipped by women in South China more than in the North, on the 19th day of the 2nd, 6th and 9th moons. (For example, it is a prevalent birth custom in Foochow that when a family has a daughter married since the 15th day of the previous year, who has not yet given birth to a male infant, a present of several articles is sent to her by her relatives on a lucky day between the 5th and 14th of the first month. The articles sent are as follows: a paper lantern bearing a picture of the Goddess of Mercy, Quan Yin, with a child in her arms, and the inscription, "May Quan Yin present you with a son"; oysters in an earthenware vessel; rice-cakes; oranges; and garlic.) Worshippers ask for sons, wealth, and protection. Her temple on the island of Putuoshan, in the Chusan Archipelago, is sacred to the Buddhists, the worship of Quan Yin being its most prominent feature on account of the fact that the Goddess is said to have resided there for nine years. The full name of the island is P'u t'o lo ka, from Mount Pataloka, whence the Goddess, in her transformation as Avalokiteshvara, looks down upon mankind. There are nearly a hundred monasteries and temples on the island, with over a thousand monks. Miao Feng Shan (Mount of the Wondrous Peak) attracts large numbers of pilgrims, who use rattles and fireworks to emphasize their prayers and attract her attention. 


​Immortal:   Janie Spencer (5)-SEALED
Birthdate:   June 6th
Currently Resides In:  Pollok, Texas
Graduate of:   Hartford Union High School-Hartford,Wisconsin
Currently Attends:   
Majors In:
Current Rank In Class:   Sifu, Black Sash Instructor
Prior Martial Arts Experience:  None
Time with Current Teacher:   1 year
Current Tournament Standings:   1st Place, U.S. National Champion/Forms (2011)-1st Place U.S. National Champion/Forms, Open(2011)-2nd Place U.S. National Champion/Forms, Chinese Division(2011)-1st Place World International Champion/Forms, Open and Chinese Divisions(2011)
Immortal:    Freddy Servin (7)
Birthdate:   June 11th
Currently Resides In:   Nacogdoches, Texas
Graduate of:
Currently Attends:   Angelina College-Lufkin, Texas
Majors In:
Current Rank In Class:   Sifu, Black Sash Instructor
Prior Martial Arts Experience:
Time with Current Teacher:   1 year, 6 mths
Current Tournment Standings:



Immortal:  Quanterius Dove (3)
Birthdate:
Currently Resides In: Lufkin, Texas
Graduate of: 
Currently Attends: Brandon Elementary School
Majors In: Required
Current Rank In Class:  Sifu, Black Sash Junior Instructor
Prior Martial Arts Experience:  None
Time wth Current Teacher:  1 year, 10 months
Current Tournament Standings:  U.S. National Champion-1st Place Traditional Forms/1st Place Open Forms (2011), 3rd Place Traditional Forms (2010)

SIFU RAY JONES (2)-STATS COMING SOON!!!! FIRST STUDENT IN EAST TEXAS. FIRST OF THE EIGHT IMMORTALS OF  CHUNG SHU WAI....
Immortal: DeQuante' Deason (1)
Birthdate:
Currently Resides In: Lufkin, Texas
Graduate of: Lufkin Middle School
Currently Attends: Lufkin High School
Majors In: Required
Current Rank In Class: Sifu, Black Sash Instructor
Prior Martial Arts Experience: None
Time with Current Teacher:
Current Tournament Standings:


THE NEWEST ADDITION TO THE EIGHT IMMORTALS: PEDRO SILVA (4) OF ALTO!!! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR APPOINTMENT. STATS COMING SOON.....
THE CURCUIT IS FINALLY COMPLETE, AND THE FUTURE HAS TAKEN SHAPE IN THE PRESENT. ENERGY NEVER DIES,  IT ONLY....TRANSFORMS........GrndMstr 
PROTECTORS OF THE TEMPLE OF THE EIGHT IMMORTALS. TO HONOR OUR TEACHER, HIGH PRIEST LI SHO PIN OF WUDANG
AND, FINALLY, THERE CANNOT BE BALANCE TO THE ETERNAL HARMONY WITHOUT THE BALANCE OF YIN AND YANG.  QUAN YIN- THE GODDESS OF MERCY AND COMPASSION, WHO TIPS THE SCALES BETWEEN LOGIC AND DISCIPLINE-WHAT ONE SHOULD DO, AS OPPOSE TO WHAT ONE WANTS TO DO...She Comes, soon.