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Who is Violet Li?

Born in Shanghai, China, Violet Li traversed the cultural landscape, being raised in Taipei, Taiwan, before finding a home in St. Louis, Missouri. Currently, she resides in the vibrant city of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Her affinity for physical fitness ignited early on, leading her through a spectrum of practices from yoga to kickboxing. However, it wasn't until the turn of the millennium that she unearthed her profound connection to Tai Chi. With a steadfast dedication accumulating over 10,000 hours of study and practice, Violet emerged as a disciple of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, earning the esteemed title of a 12th Generation Chen Style Tai Chi Inheritor.

Her pursuit of mastery extended beyond Tai Chi, drawing insights from a mosaic of masters and grandmasters in Qigong and other healing art. Yet, Violet's journey transcended the realm of personal attainment. Driven by an insatiable curiosity to comprehend Tai Chi's therapeutic potential, she consulted with research scientists, medical professionals, and fellow practitioners.

Violet's expertise and passion earned her recognition on prestigious platforms. In September 2023, she graced the stage as a speaker at the inaugural medical symposium hosted by Harvard Medical School, illuminating the profound health benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong.

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Her knowledge

Violet Li's mastery of Tai Chi and Qigong reached new heights when she began studying under Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, the 11th lineage holder of Chen Style Tai Chi and one of the top ten martial arts masters in China, who was honored by the Cambridge List of the Most Distinguished Chinese People in the World in 1999. She considers it a privilege to have received private tutelage from Grandmaster Chen, which has allowed her to delve deeper into the intricacies of Tai Chi. In 2012, she was honored to become an Indoor Disciple of Grandmaster Chen, and in 2019 she was certified as a 6th Duan Senior Tai Chi Instructor by the Chen Zhenglei Taijiquan Federation. In 2023, she was further trusted to accepted disciples into the Chen Tai Chi system.

12th Generation Chen Style
Tai Chi Inheritor
Indoor Disciple of
Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei

Her Experience

With a background in journalism, Violet has authored over 700 articles on Tai Chi and Qigong, which have been widely read in 40 countries around the world. Many of her articles have also been translated into different languages. She served as a contributor for Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine, the largest printed English magazine for martial arts, and a columnist for the Chinese Wushu publication, the largest Chinese martial arts magazine. Violet was even invited by American Express Essentials to write a Tai Chi 101 article, which can be accessed on their website. Her articles can also be found on her personal website,

In addition to her writing, Violet has taught Tai Chi and Qigong at a variety of organizations and venues, including large corporations, universities, senior centers, gyms, private studios, and the St. Louis Chinese Language School in St. Louis, Missouri. She has also dedicated herself to promoting the art by volunteering her time and knowledge to teach at Business People in Between Jobs, Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club, AT&T, Open Streets organized by the St. Louis Mayor, and other similar organizations. For her efforts, she was awarded The President's Volunteer Service Award by the White House in 2012 and 2013.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Violet founded and hosted the "Free Tai Chi & Qigong Lessons" online platform, producing over 130 shows with a global audience reaching 30 countries. She was the executive producer of the instructional DVD "Tai Chi 24", which was created in collaboration with many Tai Chi instructors in St. Louis (MO). Her efforts have been recognized by both national and local media, who have featured her in interviews and reports. She has also given presentations on the health benefits of Tai Chi to organizations such as the Parkinson Association, churches, Zonta International in Taipei, and many others.

Beyond Tai Chi

In addition to her passion for Tai Chi and Qigong, Violet Li has a background in the IT industry, having served as a Senior Program Manager until May 2015 when she decided to fully dedicate herself to her Tai Chi/Qigong pursuits. Prior to that, she held leadership positions as the Director of Operations, Market and MIS for a Fortune 500 company. Her extensive knowledge and experience also includes teaching International Communications at the Graduate School of Communications at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, as well as Economics and Money & Banking at National Chengchi University and Soochow University in Taipei, Taiwan, respectively.


Her Linage

In 2012, Violet Li was accepted as an Indoor Disciple of Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei, who is one of the Top Ten Martial Arts Masters in China, a recipient of prestigious Cambridge Award, and a 9th-duan certified Tai Chi Grandmaster.

Violet Li has also received training and guidance from numerous renowned Tai Chi and Qigong masters, including Master Huixian, Master Jesse Tsao, Master Jun Sheng Han, Master Zhang Xue Xing, Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo, Grandmaster Wu Wenhan, Grandmaster Ma Hailong, Dr. Yang Jwing-ming, Grandmaster Sun Yongtian, Grandmaster Miao Fu Sheng, and Grandmaster Effie Chow. Her passion and dedication to the study of Tai Chi and Qigong has led her to learn from some of the most respected names in the field. With this extensive knowledge and experience, she is well-equipped to help her students on their own journeys to understand and benefit from these ancient healing arts.

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