Masters to give tournament that special kick


David Copperfield, pull up a seat.

Master Tai Sun Chan, a 70-year-old Chinese martial arts expert in breaking and chi kung (internal power) who lives in New York, has a trick to match any magician's.

A year ago, a capacity crowd at the Baltimore Convention Center held its breath as the master, who grew up in Canton Province, China, put a sword up to his throat and had someone else bend it.

"I don't know how he did it," said Sean Marshall, 22, an instructor at the Goh's Kung Fu School. "It was amazing. It was a real sword."

Nationally renowned masters such as Chan, Y.C. Wong and Tat Mau Wong from San Francisco, Jon Funk (Canada) and John Tsai (Chicago) will demonstrate techniques in lion dancing, forms (a set pattern of kicking and punching movements) and weapons at the third North America Chinese Martial Arts Federation National Tournament today at the Baltimore Convention Center.

The tournament begins at 9 a.m.

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