Lei Shi Mo (1889 – 1964),
Disciple of Sun Lu Tang.
Lei Shi Mo belongs to the first generation of graduates from the institute of banking studies at the end of the Qing dynasty. All his life he held an important position within the bank of China.
At the early age of 30 he became a disciple (Bai Shi) of Sun Lu Tang and he began the practice of Martial Arts. By that time he was obese, he even had difficulties for moving; so much so that Sun Lu Tang decided to teach him only the “San Ti Shi” (basic position) for a start.
At the end of each exercise, the floor was covered by a pool of sweat right at the spot where had been practising.
It was not very long after that when Sun Lu Tang started to discover great qualities in him. He was very strict and assiduous in the exercise, and his general culture and intelligence made it easier for him to understand the philosophical bases quickly and gain the spirit of Sun Shi. His progress was fast. In a few years, he mastered all of the arts of Sun Shi (Tai Chi, Ba Gua, and Xing Yi in the Quan forms and Jian) and his weight had gone back to normal.
In his daily practice, he exerted mainly Pi Quan (one of Quans of Xing Yi). Its movements were slackened and flexible but full and powerful. Up to the age of seventy, when he practiced the movement “Li Mao Shang Shu” (wild cat climbs tree) of Xing Yi, he still managed to touch the roof of his residence. His relationship with Sun Cun Zhou and Sun Jian Yun was that of true brothers and sisters of blood. He stood beside them and directed (decided in which way the heritages were to be shared) the succession of Sun Lu Tang. He also maintained good ties with the alumni of Sun Lu Tang : Sun Zhen Chuan and Sun Zhen Dai.
Friendly meetings were held at his house in a daily basis where the practice of Tui Shou was followed by long discussions on the arts of Sun.
Lei Shi Mo was also a great calligrapher who excelled in the “Cao Shu” (penmanship of grass, i.e. the freest form). many requests were made to him to be the calligrapher of the mural or tomb inscriptions. There is still a stone in Beijing (within the temple Tan Zhe) where one of these inscriptions can still be seen. All through his life he had only one pupil: his Grandson Lei Shi Tai, the only heir to his art.