Ed Barrow began his studies of Chinese Shaolin in 1977 at an early age in San Francisco CA, a mecca for those looking for the best in Chinese teachers. Starting with Bing Gong, a senior student of the renowned Kuo Lien Yin, he studied many sets of Shaolin chuan; Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan, chi gung and weapons forms including broadsword, rattan staff and knives. Mr Barrow was introduced to the Grand Master Kuo Lien Ying and studied with him for a time as well.
Mr Barrow was introduced to Master George Xu in 1982 and began as an indoor student of the sifu. During his time with Master Xu he studied Wu Mei Lan Shou Shaolin chuan, Xin I chuan, Chen style Tai Chi and various weapons and chi gung sets. Sifu Xu is truly a Kung Fu scholar and constantly enriched the teaching environment by bringing well known masters from China to the US to share their unique points of view. Mr Barrow was the recipient of many secrets of Chinese Kung Fu by association with Sifu Xu's school.
Mr Barrow traveled to Shanghai China in 1985 and was introduced to Sifu Xu's Lan Shou teacher, Ching Shong Bao. Mr Barrow was then fortunate enough to spend three months training with Sifu Ching honing the skills learned from Sifu Xu.
Mr Barrow continued his studies with Sifu Xu until relocating to Portland Oregon in the middle 1990s. Mr Barrow has continued his relationships with many of the contacts made over the years in this rich environment.
Mr Barrow began studying Cheng Style Bagua Zhang with Joey Haber in 2009 and has enjoyed extending his knowledge into this additional art of the masters.