Sifu Louis Linn - 林瑞耀

Sifu Louis Linn arrived to Sweden in 1975 for a short business stay, but it turned out to be a longer visit. He realised that the Swedes did not have much knowledge about Chinese martial arts and he saw his mission to teach the classical form of Wushu, Chinese martial art, also popularly called Kung Fu.

He soon became a well known figure in the martial arts society in Sweden and established Louis Linn O Shin Chuen Union to promote his family style O Shin Chuen. He was commissioned to teach hand-to-hand combat to the officers at Kustjägarskolan (the Swedish coastal rangers in the 1st Marine Regiment) and Stockholmspolisens särskilda insatsstyrka (the Counter Terrorist Unit of the Stockholm Police Force). Sifu Linn also taught the health beneficiary of Wushu at The Royal Opera and the International School of Stockholm.

During the 1980's he began his work promoting Wushu with establishing the Swedish Wushu Federation, was one of key figures in founding the European Wushu Federation and the International Wushu Federation.

In 2004 he founded the Swedish Shuai Jiao Union which is a member of the European Shuai Jiao Union.

Today he is still active as the chief instructor of Louis Linn O Shin Chuen Union.

Before arriving to Sweden

Sifu Louis Linn was born in Tokyo, Japan, and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, where he as a child came in contact with martial arts in school and through family. Sifu Linn has achieved experience and knowledge in several martial arts beside his family style O Shin Chuen.

Sifu Linn i sin studio i Taipei.
Picture: Sifu Linn in his studio in Taipei, Linn's Studio of Self-Defence, 1971.

Sifu Linn första elever i Tae Kwon Do 1971.
Picture: Sifu Linn's first group of students in Tae Kwon Do, Taipei 1971.

Sifu Linns första grupp i O Shin Chuen med amerikanska elever 1971.
Picture: Sifu Linn's first group in O Shin Chuen with american students, Taiwan 1971.

After the military service in the Special Forces Sifu Linn started his own martial arts school in Taipei and got involved in the film industry in Taiwan and Hong Kong and became a well known movie actor. After the film career he decided to devote himself to teach and develop O Shin Chuen.

The Teachers

Studied O Shin Chuen and Ti Tan Men under Grandmaster Lim Tsua.

Studied Shuai Jiao (Chinese wrestling) under Grandmaster Chang Dung Sheng.

Studied Tai Chi Chuan under Professor Wang Tsao Rong.

Studied Chinese litterature and poetry under Professor Tien Lung.

Professor Tien Lung  writing poems Poem by Prof. Tien Lung to Sifu Linn
Picture: Professor Tien Lung. Poem dedicated to Sifu Linn 1978.

 

2000's

  • 2012 Louis Linn O Shin Chuen Unionen, training camp in Shanghai, China, with 75 participants.

Morning practise at The Bund in Shanghai
Picture: Morning practise at The Bund in Shanghai.

  • 2009 Guest instructor at the Scandinavian Gojukai Fight Camp in Eskilstuna.

Sifu Linn & Hanshi Ingo De Jong, Scandinavian Gojukai Fight läger 2009
Picture: Sifu Linn and Hanshi Ingo De Jong, Scandinavian Gojukai Fight Camp 2009.

Tackbrev från chefsinstruktör Ingo De Jong, All Scandinavian Goju-Kai Karate-Do

  • 2008 Chief referee in Shuai Jiao and Lei Tai Sanda at the 1st European Chinese Kuoshu Championship in Lugano, Switzerland.
  • 2006 Chief referee at the 2nd European Shuai Jiao Championship in Luton, Great Britain.
  • 2006 Invited to the International Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association in Tokyo, Japan.

In the spring of 2006 Da Sifu Linn and Sifu Lainy was invited to the International Karate-Do Goju-Kai Association. In the picture sitting from right Sifu Lainy, Saiko Shihan Goshi Yamaguchi and Da Sifu Louis Linn. Standing behind, from right, Mrs. Yamaguchi and Hanshi Shinichi Hiromasa Kikuchi.

  • 2005 Chief referee at the Shuai Jiao championship at the 10th World Cup International Martial Arts Championship in Milan, Italy.
  • 2005 Chief referee at the 1st European Shuai Jiao Championship in Castellon, Spain.
  • 2005 An interview in the leading Nordic martial arts magazine, Fighter Magazine: "The statement a living legend has become somewhat of a cliché. When it comes to Sifu Louis Linn, born 1947, however, it is relevant. Sifu Linn was the one who introcuded wushu, Chinese martial arts, to Sweden 30 years ago.". Text by Per Faxneld. Read the whole article in Swedish (pdf) >>

Fighter Magazine nr 2 2005, Intervju med Louis Linn
Picture: Interview with Louis Linn in Fighter Magazine no. 2, 2005.

  • 2004 Participated in the founding of the European Shuai Jiao Union, elected as vice president.
  • 2002 Louis Linn O Shin Chuen Union-Swedish Wushu Federation (LLOSCU-SWF) Summer camp in Beijing, China.


Picture: China camp 2002 on the Great Wall


Picture: Training Bagua Yue in Beijing, China 2002.

1990's

  • 1997-1998 Taught O Shin Chuen at the International School of Stockholm.

  • 1997 LLOSCU-SWF Summer camp in Beijing, China.


Picture: Da Sifu Linn and Sifu Lainy invited to hold a speech at
the Beijing Wushu Associations celebration of the return of Hong Kong to China.


Picture: O Shin Chuen training on the Great Wall.

  • 1995 Received a recommendation letter from Mr. Li Meng Hua, former president of All China Sports Federation, International Wushu Federation and the Chinese Olympic Committee.

Kinas sportminister Li Men Hua och Sifu Louis Linn, Peking 1995Mr. Li Men Huas poem tillägnat Sifu Linn
Picture left: Mr. Li Men Hua and Sifu Linn, Beijing 1995.
Picture right: Mr. Li Men Hua's poem dedicated to Sifu Linn.

  • 1995 LLOSCU-SWF Summer camp in Beijing, China.

Kinaläger 1995
Picture: China camp 1995.

  • 1993 LLOSCU-SWF Summer camp in Beijing, China.
  • 1993 Received a letter of recommendation from the Chinese Ambassador in Sweden, Mr. Tang Longbin, for his contribution of promoting the Chinese Wushu in Sweden.
  • 1993, 1990 & 1975 Guest instructor at Soke Bo Munthe's Ninja organisation in Sweden.

Sifu Linn & Soke Bo Munthe, Bujinkan Bo Dojo, 1993.
Picture: Sifu Linn & Soke Bo Munthe, Bujinkan Bo Dojo, 1993.

  • 1992 The first summer camp in China with participants from LLOSCU-SWF.
  • 1992 Interview in China Sport no. 1, 1992. The only sport magazine published in English by the Chinese sport association.

China Sport nr 1 992, Louis Lin, Father of Wushu in SwedenChina Sport Nr 1 1992, Starting from Scratch - A profile of Louis Lin, the founder of the Swedish Wushu Federation.
Picture: China Sport no. 1, 1992, Louis Lin, Father of Wushu in Sweden.

  • 1991 Served as Deputy General Chief Referee at the 1st World Wushu Championships 1991 in Beijing, China.


Picture: Sifu Linn,right, at the general chief referee table,
1st World Wushu Championships, Beijing, 1991.

  • 1989-1991 Served as the vice President of the European Wushu Federation (EWF).
  • 1990 Participated in the founding of the International Wushu Federation (IWuF).

1980's

  • 1989 Receives a letter of appreciation from Mr. Ray Smith, chairman of the British Kung Fu Council (he is presently president of the EWF), for a successfull European Wushu championship.

Tackbrev från Ray Smith ordförande i British Kung Fu Council

  • 1989 Hosted the 3rd European Wushu/Sanda Championship in Stockholm, Sweden.

Wushu-EM 1989 Domarmöte ledd av Svenska Wushuförbundets generalsekreterare Robert Flint.
Picture: Referee meeting contucted by Mr. Robert Flint (middle right),
Secretary General of the SWF and the EWF, 1989.

Wushu-EM 1989 Mattdomare Thomas Larsson, huvudinstruktör Skövde Wushuförening.
Picture: Center referee Mr. Thomas Larsson,
head instructor of Skövde Wushuförening, 1989.

  • 1989 Chief organiser and chief referee at the 3rd European Wushu/Taolu Championship in Chieti, Italy.
  • 1989 Guest instructor at the week-end course in April and the summer camp in July hosted by the Finnish Karate Federation in Helsinki, Finland.

Sifu Linn gästar Karate i Finland 1989
Picture: Sifu Linn guest instructor at the Karate camp in Finland 1989.

  • 1988 Received a contribution award at The International Free Sparring Invitational Tournament held in Shenzhen, China, from the Head Body of the Wushu Federation of the People's Republic of China for promoting Wushu in the world.

Sifu Linn erhåller utmärkelse i Shenzhen, 1988.Sifu Linns utmärkelse 1988 i Shenzhen för ihålligt arbete och utvecklande av spridningen av Wushu över världen.
Picture: Contribution award in Shenzhen 1988.


Picture: The Swedish team in Shenzhen 1988.

  • 1986, 1988 & 1990 Invited Wushu experts from China that stayed from three month up to a year to teach standardised Wushu in Sweden.

Tai Chi Chuan mästarinnan Su Zifang i Sverige 1986, 1988All-round mästarinnan Zhang Yuping i Sverige 1990
Picture left: Tai Chi Chuan Master Ms. Su Zifang in Sweden 1986, 1988.
Picture right.: Wushu all-round Champion Ms. Zhang Yuping in Sweden 1990.

  • 1985 Hosted a 3-nation Sanda championship with teams from Sweden, Great Britain and France.
  • 1985 Chief referee at the French Kung Fu Championship in Paris.
  • 1982-85 Commissioned to teach close combat at Stockholmspolisens särskilda insatsstyrka (the Counter Terrorist Unit of the Stockholm Police Force).

Stockholmspolisen, tackbrev 1985

  • 1984 Hosted the first Wushu Gala in Sweden with teams from LLOSCU-SWF and USA.
  • 1984 Chief referee at the Italian Wushu Championship in Bologna.
  • 1984 Participated in the founding of the European Wushu Federation.
  • 1984 The first time a group of Wushu experts from China where invited to Sweden. The group of ten experts performed in various places as a cooperation between the Swedish Wushu Federation and the Chinese Wushu Association to promote Chinese Wushu.


Picture: The group of ten Wushu experts from China visiting Sweden 1984.

Master Cai Longyun och Master Su Zifang visar Tuishou
Picture: Master Cai Longyun and Master Su Zifang perfom Tuishou
at the first Wushu exhibition in Sweden 1984.

  • 1984 Sifu Linn participate in the first preparatory meeting of founding an international Wushu federation, which was held in Hubei, China.

Första mötet för grundadet av  ett internationell wushuförbund 1984
Picture: The first preparatory meeting of founding an international Wushu federation 1984,
Sifu Linn sitting 2nd from right and Mr. Robert Flint standing behind.

  • 1983 Elected Vice President in the Kuoshu Worldwide Promotion Association.
  • 1979-83 Commissioned to teach hand-to-hand combat to the officers at Kustjägarskolan (the Swedish coastal rangers in the 1st Marine Regiment). For his outstanding service he was awarded the Coastal Ranger's green beret with the Neptune's trident and a wooden "ranger" statuette. He was the 12th person since 1956 to receive this award.


Picture: Swedish Daily News article, front page, about
Sifu Linn teaching at Kustjägarskolan (the Swedish coastal rangers in the 1st Marine Regiment).

Kustjägarskolans tackbrev 1983

  • 1980 Chief referee at the Internationella Kuoshu Championship in Hawaii, USA.

Sifu Linn huvuddomare vid de internationella Kuoshu mästerskapen 1980 i Hawaii.
Picture: Sifu Linn as chief referee at the
International Kuoshu Championship 1980.

1970's

  • 1979 Guest instructor at the Israeli Kyokushinkai Karate Federation in Israel.

Sifu Linn med familjen Dennis Hannover, president i det israeliska Kyoshinkaiförbundet, Tel Aviv, Israel 1979.
Picture: Sifu Linn with Mr. Dennis Hannover and his family,
president of the Israeli Kyokushinkai Karate Federation, Tel Aviv, Israel 1979.

Sifu Linn demonstrerar fingerstickteknik i Nathanya, Israel, 1979
Picture: Sifu Linn performing finger thrust technique in Nathanya, Israel, 1979.

  • 1979 Founded the Swedish Wushu Federation.
  • 1978-1983 Taught O Shin Chuen at the Royal Opera (Kungliga Operan) in Stockholm.

Operans Kung Fu Klubb 1978.
Picture: Operans Kung Fu Klubb 1978.

  • 1978 Awarded by the chairman of the Judo Association of the Republic of China, M.C. Mao, for his worldfamous success in Chinese Kung Fu.
  • 1977 The first person to perform martial arts on the Swedish national television, Sportspegeln.

Sifu Linn performs headbreaking nordic weightlifting championship 1977
Picture: Sifu Louis Linn performs Headbreaking
at the Nordic Weight lifting Championship.
Click on the picture to see the YouTube video.

The performance got the attention from the leading Swedish Body-building magazine Hercules.

Hercules November 11, 1977
Hercules artikel Kung Fu i Sverige

  • 1977 Founded Louis Linn O Shin Chuen Union.
  • 1976 Elected as adviser of the Tae Kwon Do committee at the 3rd congress of the Taipei Sport Association.
  • 1976 Elected as adviser and board member of the Kuoshu committee at the 3rd congress of the Taipei Sport Association.
  • 1975 Founded the Stockholm Wushu Academy, the first Wushu/Kung Fu club in Sweden.

Första svenska O Shin Chuen gruppen 1975 i Högdalen
Picture: The first Swedish O Shin Chuen group 1975 in Högdalen.

  • 1975 The first demonstration of Chinese Kung Fu in Sweden at the Karate Gala in Eriksdalshallen, Stockholm.

Program från Karate Gala 8 sept 1975 i Eriksdalshallen.
Picture: Program from the Karate Gala 8 September 1975.

Film career

Sifu Linn was contracted as the main actor in Gou Hua and Kai Fa Film Corporations and acted in seven films produced in Taiwan and Hong Kong 1971-73.


Pictures: Sifu Linn in action in "On The Verge Of Death" aka "The Line Of Death" (1973). You can see the fight scene in the Gallery.


Pictures: "Ever Victorious Hall" aka "Kings Of Kung Fu" (1973).

You can also find him in Wikipedia.