My Background & Training
Initial Interest - Martial Arts
My training in energy arts began in 1980 when I was 25 years old. I first studied Shaolin kung fu and hsing-i in Denver, Colorado with Bruce Frantzis, who has been my primary teacher ever since.
Qigong and Tai Chi for Health
Within six months I also began to study qigong (chi gung) and the Chen Pan Ling style of tai chi with Bruce.
In 1981, I moved to Boston, Massachusetts to obtain a Masters Degree in Technology and Policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After receiving my degree I began eight years of work in the environmental movement as a technical and legal expert.
During this time I studied with teachers in the Boston area, including three years of weekly classes with Yang Style tai chi master Gin Soon Chu. Also, although Bruce was mostly living and studying in China, whenever he was in the States I continued my training with him.
Qigong Tui Na Bodywork
In 1982 Bruce decided that I had some natural ability with qigong tui na. He has been training me regularly on a one-on-one basis ever since.
Brookline Tai Chi
In 1992, I founded Brookline Tai Chi in the Boston area, where I offered qigong tui na bodywork sessions and classes in tai chi, qigong, and bagua. Over the years it grew to be one of the biggest tai chi schools in the United States, with a peak enrollment of over 450 students.
During this time period, I especially focused my own studies with Bruce on the arts of bagua and Taoist meditation. Through these arts I stepped up my understanding of the meditation and spiritual aspects of the Taoist Water Method tradition which Bruce teaches.
In 2005 I gave Brookline Tai Chi to Water Way Arts for Health and Energy, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that I helped found.
Bruce today is one of America's foremost experts in Chinese energy arts for health, healing, meditation, and martial arts. He has authored many books on energy arts and regularly trains instructors and teaches in the U.S. and Europe. Please click here to visit his www.EnergyArts.com website.
I am one of his Senior Instructors in the U.S. and Europe. I often assist him when he teaches retreats or trains instructors.
I have the following instructor certifications from Energy Arts, Inc.:
- Energy Gates Qigong (Level 2)
- Longevity Breathing (Level 1)
- Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form (Level 2)
- Wu Style Tai Chi Long Form (Level 2)
- Dragon & Tiger Qigong (Level 3)
- Gods Playing In The Clouds Qigong (Level 2)
- Marriage of Heaven & Earth Qigong (Level 2)
- Ba Gua (Level 2)
Bruce has authorized me to practice qigong tui na bodywork and to advertise that he is my teacher.
In 2010 my partner Kathryn Komidar and I founded Toward Harmony Tai Chi & Qigong in Northampton, MA.
I have taught over 15,000 hours of private and group classes.
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