"Feel good, be happy, or feel bad and be unhappy. Up to You."
Norman Torok is a German born martial artist with over 30 years of experience in Chinese martial arts, Beijing Opera and contemporary Wushu.
Everything started with watching the good old KungFu Eastern á la Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee which inspired and motivated Norman to start together with his younger brother David, the martial arts way!
With the big Chinese movie heroes in mind, at the age of 12, Norman began his Kung Fu education with learning the traditional way of the Jing Wu system under his teacher Nari Randrijan. Already after the first day of training, everything was clear and changed in Normans life so that the chinese martial arts became the red thread and guide in his and his brothers life.
Norman Török says:
"24/7/365 every heartbeat and breath where dedicated to our traning, it was never enough for us and we can´t wait till we can wake up the next day to continue with our training.
The training was very complex and hard, whole body conditioning, form and partner training, was the program under the strict and watchful eyes of our teacher."
Around 4 years later, Norman got in touch with the Beijing Opera and modern competition Wushu which was introduced and taught by the highly skilled professional Beijing Opera actor from Shanghai Chen Guo Ji. How else could it be, even on the surface things changed, but still the training stayed serious and hard!
"we never heard from our teacher that something was good enough to satisfy his expectations. It was always just so la la or even worse! This way of training gave us even more motivation to improve and getting better."
Within the coming years Norman continued his education in the field of modern Wushu and became a professional Wushu athlete, specialised on the southern styles. Together with his brother David they founded the Berlin Wushu Team, which became the most successful Wushu team in Germany at that time and which produced many successful and hight skilled athletes. Beside to train and bring out good athletes, with the Berlin Wushu Team the goal was to make the beautiful art of Wushu more known to the masses.
Norman worked as the national taolu coach of the German Wushu Team at the World Wushu Championships in Hong Kong, and was the publisher of one of the first international online martial arts magazine "Wushu Inside".
Together with the Shaolin Temple Germany Norman worked to promote the Shaolin Culture in Europe. Since 1999 he was continuously teaching the Chinese martial arts to all ages of people!
The art of Wushu itself carries endless benefits for each individual in it, but when i would be asked which one is the most important, then i would say – it brings people from all over the world together and let them become friends, which share the same passion and love for the art!
Time went by and paths lead together, so that in the year 2006, Norman met his current teacher Ismet Himmet, founder of Wudang Principles. Together with his former teacher Tang Li Long, they introduced for the first time the unique Wudang Xuan Wu Pai system in Germany.
In the year 2010 a big decision was made, which changed everything in Normans life. Together with his teacher Ismet and the WDP brotherhood, the impossible became reality, when all decided to stick together and doing the big step, going to China in 2011 and opening the first by foreigner lead martial arts school in the Wudang mountains.
This important step made by all of us, reflex two major attributes of WDP - SHIZAAM ... exploring and going new ways ... doing new things where other might think this is impossible!
"The education under Ismet is very complex, deep and diverse . Even over the last years touching and understanding just the surface, i am thankful for everything i was taught and looking forward to understand and learn more!"
Based on his knowledge and experiences over the years as a teacher, Norman´s main focus of his work is to teach Qigong and Taijiquan as tools to improve one´s own well-being and life quality!
Currently Norman is living and teaching in Berlin!
"A big thank you to all my teachers and companions on the way who help me to improve step by step and become a better human!"
Visit Norman Töröks Page: https://www.normantorok.com
Norman Torok Taijiquan
Push Hands Champion
Norman Torok Taiji