The late Lou Reed was mostly known as musician, however, one of his passions in life was practicing Tai Chi Chuan. Lou Reed was famous as the principal songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist for the band The Velvet Underground and later for wonderful work in his solo musical career.
Lou Reed started his journey in Tai Chi during the 1980’s. He first studied Eagle Claw Kung Fu with master Leung Shum. He was introduced to the Wu style of Tai Chi Chuan at this school, and studied it for 15 years. Later, Lou Reed met Ren Guangyi, and began learning the Traditional Chen style of Tai Chi Chuan with him for more than 10 years.
Lou Reed was very active in promoting the art of Tai Chi Chuan, whether it was featuring his teacher, Ren Guangyi, performing Tai Chi on stage during a concert, or assisting in teaching the art to fellow enthusiasts.
Below are two amazing videos featuring Lou Reed and the Chen style of Tai Chi Chuan.
Watch “Lou Reed – The Voice and The Practice”
And this, “Art of the Straight Line”
Unfortunately, Lou Reed passed away in October of 2013. It was a great loss for the both the world of music and Tai Chi Chuan. He will truly be remembered for his great contributions to both arts.