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NARCYZ LATECKI

Master Instructor

Narcyz Latecki (雷鐵客 Lei Tieke), voted as one of the Top One Hundred Extraordinary Martial Artists of the World and Prominent Wushu Coach, is also co-chairman of the International Wushu Sanshou Dao Association(IWSD), from which he holds a eight level black belt (黑带八段 Ba Duan) and a Honorary Master Level.

Narcyz was born in 1969 in Poland. He has won the title of all-around champion many times in national and international Kungfu/Wushu competitions in Europe and the United States. Beginning his martial arts studies in the early eighties at the age of twelve, he and his two friends formed a "martial arts fight club" in his basement, where they practiced fighting techniques and strengthening their bodies, intensively training from 5 to 6 hours every single day. From this practice, his interest led him to acquire professional instruction in Japanese Karate Kyokushin. Two years later, he turned his passion to Chinese martial arts, which has become his life-long pursuit.

 

Since then, he studied extensively with several prominent masters in internal and external Chinese martial arts (Kung Fu/Wushu, Tai Chi and Chi Kung) in Poland,North America and China. Some of the main masters with whom he has studied are:Yang Jwingming 杨俊敏 - who is the founder of the International YMAA Training System (styles taught: Shaolin Changquan, Baihequan, Qinna, Yang Style Taiji, and Qigong); Liang Shouyu 梁守渝 - who was voted as one of the most outstanding masters and top professional coaches in China (styles taught: Emei System, Wuji System, Traditional Wushu, Chen Style Taiji, Xingyi, Bagua, Qigong, Da Pong Gong, Tie Bu Shan - Iron Shirt, Shuaijiao and Weapons); and Ma Xianda 馬賢達 - who is one of the first and highest ranking masters in China, nominated as Jiu Duan (styles taught: Ma Shi Tongbei System - Bajiquan, Piguaquan, Fanziquan, Chuojiao, Tongbei weapons). He has also studied and been influenced by such great teachers and masters as the following:

Tadeusz Gacki (Pioneer of Polish Kungfu, and Narcyz's first Kungfu instructor) - Styles taught: Changquan, Tanglang, Taiji & Qigong.

Tienchun Yang 田春阳 - Styles taught: Ma Shi Tongbei System: Bajiquan, Piguaquan, Fanziquan, Chuojiao, Tongbei weapons.

Yongqian  Li (Michael Li) - Styles taught: Ma Shi Tongbei System: Tongbei/Piguaquan, Fanziquan, Fengmo Staff, Tongbei Sword.

Maoqing Li 李茂 清 - Styles taught: Changquan System.

Pingzhen Cheng 程平真 - Styles taught: Piguaquan, Fanziquan, Chuojiao, Bajiquan, Xingyi, Wu Dang Taiji, Qigong and Tibetan Yoga.

 

Additionally, he studied with the following masters and grandmasters through numerous seminars and workshops:

Madam Wang Jurong 王菊蓉 - Chaquan System, Qinlong Jian, Traditional Wushu.

Jianye Jiang - Qigong, Chen Taiji (fist & weapons), Bagua (solo, pushing hands & matching), Bajiquan, Mantis Fist & Mantis Sword).

Nick Gracenin - difficult acrobatic and martial arts movements, flexibility and conditioning.

Xiaolin Lu - Changquan, Sword and Spear.

Zhiliang Duan - Qigong, Taiji, Tongbei.

Jianqiang Hu 胡坚强 - Cuiquan (Drunken), Tanglang (Mantis), Yinjiao (Eagle), She (Snake).

Malee Khow - Duan Gun (Short Staff).

Chen Min - Fanziquan.

Ji Yue Er - Taiji Sword, Chen Style Taiji, Qigong, Wushu and weapons.

Yucheng Hui 于承惠 - Shuang Shou Jian (Double Handed Sword).

Zhao Changjune 趙長軍 -  Bajiquan.

Bai Wenxiang 白文祥 - Fanziquan, Shuang Shou Jian (Double Handed Sword).

 

Between 1985 and 1997, Mr. Latecki won several all-around Martial Arts Championship titles and took home over thirty-four gold medals in national and international competitions in Europe and in North America.  In 2008 Mr. Latecki was voted one of the Top One Hundred Extraordinary Martial Artists of the World and Prominent Wushu Coach in the publication, In the Spirit of the 2008 Olympics: Extraordinary Chinese Martial Artists of the World. Along with an officially registered certificate approved by the Evaluation Committee of the World Culture Science Academe and International Wushu Sanshou Dao Association, this recognition was to honor his outstanding achievements in teaching and training in Chinese martial arts.

He has been teaching Chinese martial arts since 1988. One of the first certified instructors in Europe, he also was one of the first qualified to test and rank students, as well as instructors, in the International YMAA Training System. He immigrated to the US in 1993, obtaining a working visa due to his martial arts skills, and taught as head instructor at Yang's Martial Arts Association HQ (YMAA) in Boston, as well in Andover, MA, and in Derry, NH provisional YMAA branches.

Mr. Latecki is a versatile practitioner, teacher, and judge of national and international tournaments in both the internal and external Chinese martial arts. He has been featured in pay-per-view television and The Discovery Channel, as well as other TV shows and many instructional videotapes and books on Chinese martial arts. He had a prominent part in Grandmaster Liang Shouyu's and Dr. Yang Jwingming's 12 Animal Pattern Xingyiquan videotape and was also selected to perform in several of Dr. Yang Jwingming's instructional videotapes such as:

Long Fist Kung Fu -  Yi Lu Mei Fu & Er Lu Mei Fu, by YMAA Publishing

Long Fist Kung Fu - Shi Zhi Tan, by YMAA Publishing

Long Fist Kung Fu - Xiao Hu Yan, by YMAA Publishing

Shy Er Lu Tan Tui, by YMAA Publishing

 

Additionally, in his book Kung Fu Elements, Grandmaster Liang Shouyu spotlighted Narcyz in several dozen photographs demonstrating his jumping and spinning kick techniques, as well as body conditioning, involving intricate acrobatic movements. He is referred to in this book as one of the "pillars of Wushu of our society".

He was also invited on numerous occasions to showcase his martial art skills by choreographing and performing dramatic fight sequences for the American Chinese Art Society and the Commonwealth Civic Ballet.

In February 1998, Mr. Latecki and his wife Eva, who is also a Chinese martial arts instructor, founded their own martial arts center CMA (Chinese Martial Arts) in Acton, Massachusetts. Over the past years, the school has helped hundreds of students with a wide range of expertise and ages (from 4 years old to over 80) to achieve their martial arts goals, while improving all aspects of their lives.  The Lateckis have guided their students in achieving high honors in national and international competitions, scoring prominently in each competing category, taking over 300 gold medals, including the Grand Champions titles.

To further his knowledge in martial arts, Qigong (Chi Kung) and healings, Mr. Latecki has traveled to China on several occasions. In 2006, at the invitation of his primary teacher, Grandmaster Liang Shouyu, Mr. Latecki journeyed once again to Sichuan, China (home of the famous Emei mountains), as well as to Tibet. He demonstrated his martial arts skills in the cities of Chengdu, Chongqing, and Loushan Dafo.  During this tour, Mr. Latecki and his companions were accompanied by a local and national TV crew, who interviewed him and videotaped his performances, which were exceptionally well received after being broadcast.

Mr. Latecki continues to study, research, and share his knowledge with his students on the many aspects of Chinese internal and external martial arts, and Chi Kung. It is his belief that a true martial artist is strong in body, mind and spirit. If the body is physically strong, it provides a powerful foundation for the spirit, and strong spirit produces a healthy mind to make good decisions. In his classes, he stresses that through the practice of martial arts, along with the study of its moral principles, one not only sustains good physical health, but also trains his or her mental and emotional strength to use power wisely. Such a foundation ultimately improves one's health and leads to better relationships with others.

Top awards earned by Master Narcyz Latecki i

n several National and International Championships:

PZK (POLISH KARATE FEDERATION) CLASSIFYING TOURNAMENT, ZAGORZE 1985

June, 1985 Zagorze, Poland:

1st place in Kumite (Free Sparring)

FIRST NATIONAL POLISH TOURNAMENT IN KUNG FU/WU SHU, TYCHY 1987

March 15, 1987 Tychy, Poland:

3rd place in Bare Hand

1st place in Sword

SECOND NATIONAL POLISH TOURNAMENT IN KUNG FU/WU SHU, LODZ 1987

May 30, 1987 Lodz, Poland:

2nd place in Taijiquan

POLISH TOURNAMENT IN KUNG FU/WU SHU, TYCHY 1988

March 12, 1988 Tychy, Poland:

3rd place in Gunshu - Staff

1st place in Jianshu - Sword

 

1st place in Changquan

POLISH KUNG FU/WU SHU TOURNAMENT, POZNAN 1989

May 27, 1989 Poznan, Poland:

2nd place in Barehand

1st place in Broadsword

1st place in Long Weapons

1st place in Taijiquan

1st place in San Shou - Sparring Form

FIRST POLISH KUNG FU/WU SHU CHAMPIONSHIP, TYCHY 1989

November 18-19, 1989 Tychy, Poland:

2nd place in Sword  

2nd place in Broadsword

2nd place in Spear

SECOND POLISH KUNG FU/WU SHU CHAMPIONSHIP, KRAKOW 1991

December 7-8, 1991 Krakow, Poland:

2nd place in Traditional Barehands

2nd place in Traditional Weapons  

1st place in Modern Wu Shu Barehands

FIRST VICTORIA KOTAN CUP IN KUNG FU/WU SHU, WARSAW 1992

January 12, 1992 Warsaw, Poland:

2nd place in Nanquan  

1st place in Changquan

1st place in Long Weapons

1st place in Short Weapons

FIRST INTERNATIONAL POLISH CHAMPIONSHIP KUNG FU/WU SHU, WARSAW 1993

May 25, 1993 Warsaw, Poland:

2nd place in Traditional Nanquan

3rd place in Set Sparring

1st place in Modern Nanquan

1st place in Changquan  

1st place in Broadsword

1st place in Sword

1st place in Spear

1st place in Open Weapons

1st place in Internal Styles - Tai Chi

USA WKF MID-ATLANTIC REGION TOURNAMENT, BALTIMORE

May 22, 1994 Baltimore, MD:

1st place in Internal Advanced Yang Style Taiji

3rd place in Internal Advanced Xingyiquan

1st place in Internal Advanced Baguazhang

1st place in Internal Advanced Weapons

1st place in Advanced Broadsword

1st place in Advanced Sword

1st place in Advanced Spear

1st place in Advanced Open/Flexible weapons

1994 UNITED WORLD KUNG FU/WU SHU CHAMPIONSHIPS, ORLANDO

September 3-4, 1994 Orlando, FL:

2nd place in Advanced Spear

1st place in Internal Advanced Weapons

1st place in Advanced Weapons Set Sparring

1st place in Advanced Straight Sword

   

1996 UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL KUO SHU CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT, BALTIMORE

July 27-28, 1996 Baltimore, MD:

2nd place in Advanced Kung Fu Spear

2nd place in Advanced Kung Fu Straight Sword

1st place in Advanced Chen Style Taiji

1st place in Advanced Baguazhang

1st place in Internal Advanced Weapons

1997 UNITED WORLD KUNG FU/WU SHU CHAMPIONSHIPS, ORLANDO

August 30-September 1, 1997 Orlando, FL:

2nd place in Advanced Baguazhang

2nd place in Advanced Spear

1st place in Advanced Kung Fu Straight Sword

1st place Team Competition Traditional Forms Champion