My involvement in T’ai Chi and the Martial Arts spans from the late sixties to the present. After two years of seminary and several years of university I began my formal study of the internal arts studying Aikido with Robert Nadeau Sensei from 1969 through 1971. I continued to study Aikido after a move to the East coast until 1973, when I found Herman Kauz teaching T’ai Chi Ch’uan in New York City. He is my Teacher and I have taught with Master Kauz’s approval and guidance since 1980.
Having been introduced to Master Jou, Tsung-Hwa, I was invited to teach and demonstrate at the international Zhang San Feng Festival at the Tai Chi Farm. This extended from the late eighties until Master Jou’s untimely death in 1998. The “Whole Body” health aspects of T’ai Chi were taught by Master Jou, and I was a grateful student; his teaching of the HengHa exercise was my ticket out of chronic pain.
At the first Zhang San Feng Festival I attended I met Dr. John Painter and was immediately impressed by his open heart (as well as level of skill). Since then I have studied Jiulong BaGuaZhang with Dr. Painter for several years, and still study Qigong with him. I consider myself a lucky person to count Dr. Painter as a friend.
My skills are continuously honed by my daily work in Rehab Department as a Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Lymphedema Therapist. I see through the templates of physical anatomy, energetic anatomy, and (hopefully) common sense. I listen, first do no harm, and help people to regain function and reduce pain.
I currently teach T’ai Chi form and push hands as well as healing and meditative Ch’i Kung (Qigong) exercises through the Person County Council on Aging and through Piedmont Community College.