He was gifted and loved basketball so much that he even considered applying to a sports study program in order to become a professional athlete.
But his father was there to explain to him that while one can certainly progress in sport when young, it is no longer possible as soon as you get older, that the career Teh-Chun would like to pursue would be far too short, whereas in painting he also had potential and could progress throughout his whole life.
CHU Teh-Chun passed the admission exam for the Hangzhou National School of Fine Arts at the age of 15. During his student days, he used to say: “My left hand is particularly capable, it was good at basketball and also very efficient at preparing ink. I’d learnt that the ink had to be prepared when there wasn’t enough light, so that I could start painting as soon as day broke ». To ensure that his ink was ready for his classical Chinese painting lessons, CHU began preparing it in the morning. He used to rub the ink stick on the ink stone with his left hand to preserve the right hand with which he was going to paint.