Sam Slutsky

Mastery in movement


Sam spent the first few years of his life in Ste. Hyacinthe, Quebec, where his father was a drummer in the Army Corps Band. Sam was the village brat, a little Jewish kid who knew all the Quebecois paysans.

Sam Slutsky
   Sam Slutsky
When he was seven, the family moved to Mile End, Montreal's Jewish ghetto that was teeming with European refugees, a life rich in intellect and culture. While he was studying philosophy at Concordia University he met Lee Shiu Pak who was teaching Tai Chi.

Master Lee
   Master Lee

To you we pass the torch, be it yours to hold high

Sam became his student and soon his assistant, soaking up Master Lee's wisdome concerning movement and also Chinese medicine for 12 years until his death in 1982.

Sam and Master Lee
   Sam & Master Lee

Sam continued to teach at a studio on St. Laurent Boulevard, where to this day he explores the form, the sword form, the stick form, and pushing hands - the boxing - with his students. His practice applies the physics of skeletal alignment and mechanical efficiency to combat and non-combat situations alike. It is the embodiment of a philosophy of movement thousands of years in development.

Master Lee Master Lee Master Lee
   The Tai Chi form