My Teachers

Master YunXiu Yang

For the last several years I have studied Tai Chi Sword and Fan with Grandmaster YunXiu Yang in Norcross, GA. Master Yang is an 8th level dahn master, out of 9 levels max. At a mere 74 years young, she is amazing to watch, her fluidity, grace and style are formidable. I have learned the Wudang 49 form Tai Chi Sword competition form, the 42 form competition Sword form and Tai Chi 52 form Fan.

As of September 25, 2015, I was a certified instructor for Dr. Paul Lam’s Tai Chi for Rehabilitation class. This form features simple, gently moving forms that can be done standing, sitting or even lying down. It’s a beautiful combination of the Yang, Chen and Sun styles, modified to be a powerful healing routine without being too exhausting for those with limited abilities.

Teacher instruction class
From right: instructor Grace Zhao, myself, and Master Yang, student Lawrence Teague, instructor David Dunn and student Harvey Robbins

In November, 2015,  I was awarded a Certificate of Instructor from an Instructor Training Program offered by Grace Zhao of MingWellness Tai Chi Academy, under the guidance of Master Yang, having learned how to do and teach the Yang Style 8 form and Yang style 24 form along with several Qi Gong sets.

Master Tseng (Chen) striking a pose at Purple Cloud Temple on Wudang Mountain, China

Fondly known as Master Chen, Master Yun Xiang Tseng was trained from the age of six at Wu Dang Mountain, made famous by the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.  Master Chen is a Taoist priest, Master of Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Kung Fu.  He has practiced the art of healing for over 25 years.  Master Chen’s mission as conceived by his master, Grandmaster Li, is to pass along the ancient Taoist wisdom to the west.  For more information about Master Chen and Wu Dang Mountain, please see Master Chen’s website. 
I have studied with Master Chen for over 8 years, at his semi-annual training sessions in Atlanta. Master Chen travels between China and the US, with his home base in Colorado at the Aspen Lodge where he is building the first Taoist Temple in the USA to continue his tradition and training of more students. From Master Chen, I am certified to teach two forms of Qi Gong and Therapeutic and Square Foot formsets of Tai Chi.

Michael Issa practicing snake creeps down Tai Chi movement at Purple Cloud Temple on Wudang Muntain, China

One of Master Chen’s students, Michael Issa is one of the best instructors of Tai Chi you can find. His studio in Dunwoody, GA, Kaikudo, teaches Qi Gong, Tai Chi and karate, I practiced my Wudang tai chi forms with him, and continued to be impressed by his knowledge of the martial arts and applications.