With nearly 20 years of training, I help learners to cultivate a tai chi (taijiquan) and qigong practice that emphasizes principles of internal movement. My course, The Fundamentals of Tai Chi, is comprised of Tai Chi exercise and energy movement with some martial applications. The course is based on “single basics” training, qigong, standing (Zhan Zhuang), loosening and power stretching.
For beginners, I currently teach Wu (Jian Quan) style slow form, but I also practice and teach Chen xin jia yi lu, Yang Pan Hou (1st section), and Lan Shou Quan (Cao Quan section) which I learned directly from Master Xu Guo Ming (George). I occasionally practice Cheng Manching’s 37 form and Yang 24. I can help many practitioners improve their form, utilizing expertise in internal awareness and biomechanics.
“I have continuously practiced Wu, Chen, Yang, and Lan Shou forms and qigong for several years. I integrate single basics, power stretching, and standing with cultivating internal energy awareness.”
My practice evolved from seeking better health from a chronic illness, which I have overcome due to my study of taijiquan and qigong. After studying Iyengar Yoga in 1988 and Shotokan Karate in 1996, I began to practice Chinese internal martial arts in 1999. To keep a tai chi community going, I began leading classes after my teacher moved away in 2004.
While my teaching methods and protocols follow some of the same approaches of my teachers and their teachers, I am not strictly traditional in my practice and teaching. I have developed my course to balance the abilities and needs of the learners who come to Durango Tai Chi with the age-old knowledge handed down to me. Of the many things I have learned, cultivating internal awareness in physical activity interests me more than anything else.
I hold several certificates of accomplishment from the World Association of Chinese Internal Martial Arts and Shanti School of Taijiquan. I am also a certified Community Wellness Coach, Level One (Institute of Wellness Education).
As co-founder of Masters From China Video Productions (mastersfromchina.com) with Sifu Dr. Susan A. Matthews, I have produced 50 workshop and indoor-studio studies of internal systems, including Chen, Wu, Yang, Liu He Ba Fa, Lan Shou, Qigongs, and Susan Matthews’ Brain Workshop®. Grandmasters and Masters George Xu, Wang Hao Da, Qian Zhao Hong, Yun Yen Sin, Wu Jie, Shou Guan Shun, Wu Mao Gui, Wang Ming Bo, and many others have graciously allowed me to share a small piece of their knowledge with the world.
Shifu Richard’s teachers
- Susan A. Matthews: Wu, Chen, Lan Shou, Lan Shou Broadsword, Tibetan, Qigong, Push Hands
- Xu Guo Ming (George Xu), Lan Shou Cao Quan Section, Lan Shou Broadsword, Chen Style Taijiquan, Predator Theory
- Wang Hao Da, Wu Style Taijiquan (Wu Chien Chuan, disciple of Ma Yueh Liang))
- Qian Zhao Hong “Chainsaw”, Xingyiquan, Hou Nan 10-Animal
- Xu Guo Chang, Wu Yuxiang Style Taijiquan form
- Wu Mao Gui, Tong Bei Quan
- Wu Ji, Lan Shou Cao Quan Form, Muscle-Tendon Stretching
- Yun Yen Sin, Liu He Ba Fa
- Yu Xiao Lin, Yang Style Form (Banhou)
- Shou Guan Shun, Shin Jin Ba Gu powerstretching (Lan Shou), Yang push hands basics, Ba Gua, Sun Lutang
- Wang Ming Bo, Yang stylist (disciple of Dong Bin)
- Rosalind Oliver in Shanghai with Double Dragon Alliance (disciple of Dong Bin and others)
Chen Style Lineage
Wu Style lineage
Wu Chien Chuan (Jian Quan)
Ma Yueh Liang
Wang Hao Da
Susan A. Matthews
Paul Tim Richard
Yang Banhou Style
Yu Xiao Lin
Lan Shou Quan
Qing Zhong Bao
George Xu and Wu Ji
Yang: Dr. Wang Zhi Xiang
Liu He Ba Fa primordial qi movement: Yun Yin Sen
Chen Hun Yuan: Master Xu
Eight Directions: Dr. Robin Murphy
Eight Pieces of Brocade: Susan Matthews
Six Directions: Master Xu from Wu Wen Wei
Xu Guo Ming
Shou Guan Shun