Students often ask Paulie if he was always naturally extremely flexible. He was not. As a teenager he had average flexibility.
It wasn’t until he trained long and hard in Taoist yoga
that he developed his exceptional skill.
Paulie Zink began studying yoga and martial arts as a teenager. While he was in college he met a Kung-fu master from Hong Kong named Cho Chat Ling. Master Cho had been imparted with secret martial arts knowledge by his uncle and was obligated to pass on the legacy. He wanted to choose a proficient, worthy practitioner who could show the art to the western world. He found in Paulie the potential and the tenacity of spirit necessary to meet this aim.
Paulie began practicing punches early, California 1959
After some time Master Cho chose Paulie to become his sole protege. Master Cho came to Paulie’s home and instructed him privately every day for six to eight hours. About three hours of his daily practice were devoted to Yin Yoga and Chi Kung. Paulie was taught the Taoist arts of Yin yoga and Chi Kung as a foundation for his martial arts training. Master Cho taught Paulie three distinct Kung-fu styles (collectively called Tai Shing Pek Kwar) combined into a discipline that demanded tremendous mental concentration, harsh physical exercise, and esoteric spiritual practices.
With this intensive level of study it took Paulie seven years to master the art of Yin yoga. At this time Master Cho began to taper the frequency of his visits, although Paulie continued to train just as vigorously. By the tenth year Master Cho declared Paulie to be his own master and his training ended. He told Paulie he had transmitted to him in ten years time what would usually require twenty-five years or more to learn. Paulie is the only westerner to be traditionally trained in the secret knowledge of the art of Tai Shing Pek Kwar in a direct Chinese lineage from the arts’ originators. Master Cho never charged Paulie for his tutelage.
Master Cho insisted Paulie compete in the martial arts arena. Paulie entered in the solo “Empty Hands” and “Weapons” divisions of approximately one hundred martial arts tournaments from local to regional to national levels. He won the Grand Championship in all of them, often in both divisions. Master Zink’s tournament career culminated with him winning the Grand Championship at the Long Beach International Karate Championships three consecutive years.
In the old city of Jerusalem having tea, 1990
Master Zink has been inducted into four Martial Arts Halls of Fame. Master Zink has co-authored two books on Monkey Kung-fu. He has starred in a total of 15 Martial arts and Taoist Yoga training videos produced by Unique Publications and Panther Productions. Dozens of articles about Master Zink and his art have been published in several major martial arts magazines. And he has been featured on many magazine covers.
Master Zink was featured in the BBC series “Jerry Hall’s Gurus”, a documentary on spiritual teachers produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, UK.
Master Zink has taught Yin yoga and medical Chi Kung at:
- Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA
- Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck, NY
- Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA
- Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
- University of California Los Angeles, International Student Center
- Deaconess Hospital, Cancer Treatment Program, Billings, MT
- Midwest Yoga Conference, Chicago, IL
- Yoga Journal Conference, Lake Geneva, WI
- Illinois Neuro-Spine Center, Rush Copley Hospital, Chicago, IL
Master Zink continues to evolve his Taoist art art of Yin Yoga by adding postures, variations, and insights. Through many years of study, practice, and teaching he has further developed this ancient Taoist tradition into his own distinctive and dynamic style.
Paulie lives with his wife Maria on a 100 year-old
homestead located on the high plains of Montana.