Awakening the Sleeping Tiger: The True Story of a Professional Chinese Athlete

Awakening the Sleeping Tiger: The True Story of a Professional Chinese Athlete

by Yu Liu, Dawn Cerf

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BN ID: 2940012423016
Publisher: Liu Yu, Wushu Taichi Center
Publication date: 04/20/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 398
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

By Chinese standards, Liu Yu led a charmed life as a professional wushu athlete (martial artist) on the Jiangsu Province Professional Wushu Team (1974-1985). Although the reality was altogether different, this didn’t stop Liu Yu’s quiet determination to become a champion. She later applied the same zeal to her college studies, winning the titles of China’s National Collegiate Taiji Champion in 1986 and City of Beijing Student of the Year in 1988. In 1989, she graduated from the Beijing University of Physical Education with a B.S. in Wushu and Physical Education. Since making her home in the U.S., Liu Yu served as the Head Coach of the U.S. Wushu Team from 1997-99 and continues as a judge at worldwide wushu tournaments. She resides in San Luis Obispo, California, where she is the owner of the Wushu Taichi Center. She is pleased to share her remarkable story, revealing the hidden side of Chinese sports training as well as the Chinese culture, and she does so with ample charm.

When a fascinating story fell into her lap, Dawn Cerf felt compelled to run with it. The conception of "Awakening the Sleeping Tiger" arose during a group tour of China with her taichi teacher, Liu Yu, where Liu Yu spoke about her amazing background of growing up as a resident professional Chinese athlete. Dawn encouraged Liu Yu to put her unique story in writing, and the two collaborated on the fulfilling venture of making a book. Dawn has always enjoyed writing, though she is a former C.P.A. with an Accounting/Business Education degree from San Francisco State University. Dawn Cerf began taichi lessons with Liu Yu in 1994 and never plans to stop.

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