Tzu Men Chuan is a soft style of kung-fu that was developed in the Shaolin Temples. The earliest recorded history of Tzu Men Chuan is in the Ching dynasty (1736-1796). The rare art of Tzu Men Chuan (Character Gate Boxing, also known as is Zimenquan, Tsi Mun or Tzi Mun Chuan in other romanization), is known as an Ruan Men (Soft Gate/internal) martial art. Tzu Men as practiced here has lineage through Taiwan to the Shaolin temple. This martial art is known for its neutralizing techniques and the death-touching skills (Dian Xue, Dim Mak) of Wu Bai Qian and consists of various fast and powerful unbalancing combat methods. There are 18 characters (principles) which are embedded in the 3 main forms of the system.


  Sr. Monk Ko-Hsiu


         Liang Wu-Ching


               Mo Ying-Tso

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        Hsiung Chien-Hsun

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           Chin Cheng YEN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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            James McNeil                                                              :

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             Mike Murphy   . . . . . . . . . . .

Bagua or eight triagrams, forms the basis of the I-Ching. The foundation of Bagua is in the circling movements and it’s constant changes. The ultimate goal is to allow the body to move, act and react naturally. It is believed that Tung Hai-Ch’uan learned it from a Taoist master in the mountains of Kianasu Province. Tung started teaching it to the public in the late 1800s. There are three sections to the exercise: 1. slow motion, 2. continuous motion, 3. continuous motion with different kua’s (hands). There are eight animals, tien gunn exercises and three styles of walking: natural, medium and low. Anyone can walk a circle, but not everyone can walk a Ba kua circle.


               Tung Hai Ch’uan


                  Ma Weiqi


                Yan Ju Lin


        Chiao Chang Hung


             James McNeil


              Mike Murphy

Xiao Jiu Tian Wu Tao (Little Nine Heaven) may be the oldest Taoist system known today dating back to 2698BC. It consists of three skills: ju kung (boxing), chian-kuan jen (swordsmanship) and shi shui (bone marrow washing). It consists of five sword forms, seventeen animals, three rushes, and 18 ground maneuvers.


Wu Dao Zi was the Taoist who created Hsiao Chiu Tien Wu Dao during the Tang Dynasty


                  Lushan Daoren 32nd Grand Master and last abbot of the temple


               Chiao Chang Hung


                      James McNeil


                      Mike Murphy

Chen style Taijiquan is the oldest, and parent form of the five main taijiquan styles. Chen style is characterized by its lower stances, more explicit reeling silk (chan si jin) and bursts of power (fa jin). The lineage practiced can be traced back through Chen Fake, who was the 17th generation lineage holder Chen taiji chuan. Chen Fake made Chen style a known and distinct entity when he went to Beijing in 1928 and opened the Zhongzhou Institute which taught Taijiquan.


Cheng Man-Ch’ing style TaijiquanCheng developed the 37 movement “Yang Short form” by 1946. He was a student of Yang Chengfu, and trained with him until his death. His version of tai chi eliminated many of the repetitions in the form. He also used the fair lady’s hand formation instead of the Chinese tile formation. His form is done in a middle frame and modified the feet position. He also used the concept of swing and return for his movements.

Hsing-Iis an ancient art of fighting and healing that tunes the mind and body to a finely honed degree. It is said to have developed during the period of the Northern Sung dynasty (1127-1276 AD). The system consists of the five elements, twelve animals, tien-gunn, six harmonies, nine essences, and the theory of touch, go, kiss using the seven stars. Hsing-I is the easiest style to learn, but the hardest to master, because it is so easy.

My Teachers:

Wai Lun Choi   James McNeil

Liu Ho Pa Fa The Six Harmonies and Eight Methods is an internal martial art developed by Chen Hay I, a noted mathematician and Taoist who lived in Shansi province in the 10th century, during the Sung Dynasty. The system was originally called Water Boxing, symbolizing water’s ability to be both still and moving at the same time. The the ocean or a great river. Practitioners learn to combine the softness of water with the power of the wave.

My teacher:

Wai Lun Choi

Kempo / Chuan Fa/Jujitsuis from years of study in multiple Kempo, Kung Fu, and Jujitsu systems. It is the product of decades of experience. It combines what I believe to be the best parts of other systems I’ve learned. It is a very practical street self-defense system. It is the only non- traditional art I practice. It is sometimes used for people needing to learn to defend themselves as quickly as possible, or as a gateway system to traditional internal martial arts.

Kempo / Jujitsu (American Hybrid systems) Lineage:

Hoon Chow                     James Mitose

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            William K.S.Chow                       :

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            Ariano Emperado           l           :

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           Sonny Gascon                 l           :

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  George Pesare          Ed Parker           :

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       Nick Cerio         Jim & Al Tracy     :                 Rod Sacharnowski

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    Fred Villari                      Bruce Juchnik                Randy Harvell



                                         Mike Murphy

Kodokan Judo Kodokan Judo was founded by Jigoro Kano, who as a youth began practicing jujutsu* as a way to strengthen his frail body. Kano studied both the Tenjin Shinyo-ryu and Kito-ryu styles of classical jujutsu, eventually mastering their deepest teachings, and supplemented this training with an avid interest in other combative forms as well. Integrating what he considered the positive points of these with his own ideas and inspirations, he established a revised body of physical technique, and also transformed the traditional jujutsu principle of “defeating strength through flexibility” into a new principle of “maximum efficient use of physical and mental energy.” The result was a new theoretical and technical system that Kano felt better matched the needs of modern people.

Qigong (Ch’i Kung) There are many forms of qigong originating from within China. The traditional Chinese Medical community uses qigong for preventive and curative functions. The Chinese martial arts community considered qigong training an important component in enhancing martial abilities. The religious community, including both Taoist and Buddhist traditions, uses qigong as part of their meditative practice. Confucian scholars practice qigong to improve their moral character. The practices of Qigong are differentiated by four types of training: dynamic, static, meditative and activities requiring external aids. Dynamic training involves special movement and applies to exercise such as taijiquan. Static training requires the practitioner to hold the body in a particular posture. Meditative training involves visualization or focus on specific ideas, sounds, images, concepts or breathing patterns. There are also training methods that involve an external agent such as the ingestion of herbs, massages, physical manipulation or interactions with other living organisms. A qigong system can be composed of one or more types of training.

My Teachers:

Wai Lun Choi James McNeil

Reiki is a spiritual practice developed in 1922 by Japanese Buddhist Mikao Usui. It uses a technique commonly called palm healing as a form of complimentary a alternative medicine and is sometimes classified as oriental medicine by some professional bodies. While there are differences Reiki has much in common with chi kung/nei kung. Mike is a Master/Teacher of Gendai Reiki, Usui Tibetan Reki, and Karuna Reiki, Holy Fire Reiki, and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki.

My Teachers:

Pam Jones and William Lee Rand

Chinese Psychic Healing

Hsu Ting-Ming was born in Chiehyang Country, Kwangtung Province Chin in 1906. Later learn and taught in China. After World War 2 he went to Taiwan to teach and practice. He was the director of the Psychic Research Institute of China.
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Michael Murphy

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