Grandmaster Liu Chen Huan (mid- 1970's)

    Abraham (2nd from right) with Professor Cheng Man Ching in Taiwan (mid-1960's?)

    Abraham (first row, center) with his students from across the West Coast at one of his "Tai Chi Camps" in the S. Cal. mountains (early 1980's)

    Grandmaster Liu guest teaching at "The Push Hands Retreat" 1989



    "There are no masters, there are only disciples..... A master is not one who teaches you...... A master is one in whose presence it is possible to learn." ~ Osho



    An internationally recognized Tai Chi Master who Began his martial training in his youth in 1969.... and Chi Gong , Taoist studies & Tai Chi Chuan in 1974 (with Grandmaster Liu Chen Huan).


    He is a member of the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame... a 2 time U.S. National Tai Chi Champion with titles won in both "Forms" & "Tui Shou/Push Hands" grappling (won during the "Golden Age" ** of Tai Chi competition in the U.S.)... and with 30 years judging experience, is Head Judge & Referee for Tai Chi/Chinese Internal Martial Arts Competitions in the U.S.

    Over the past 40+ years teaching throughout North & Central America, Europe, Australia & Asia.... Chris has conducted hundreds of workshops and has produced over 75 immersive Retreats in exotic locations! He has trained thousands of students as well as dozens of accomplished teachers. He began formally training teachers in 1982 and by the mid 90's had been given the nickname "The Teacher's Teacher"!






    + 1979.... Founded the "Pacific School of Tai Chi & Chi Gong" tm


    + 1982.... Initiated formal "Teachers Training Programs" in San Diego.


    + 1986.... Created "Chi Gong & Tai Chi In Paradise Retreats" tm. (Conducting "Immersive Retreats" in Costa Rica.... Hawaii.... Bali..... Fiji.... Thailand.... and other exotic locations).


    + 1987.... Created the original "Push Hands Retreat" tm. (bringing together teachers & students from around the world to train and advance their Tui Shou skills together during its 25 editions!)


    + 2000-2002.... Produced the "ART OF TEACHING....The West Coast Conference for Tai Chi & Chi Gong Teachers" tm. With a faculty containing well known Grandmasters, Masters and Sifus.


    + 2004.... Given "Master" title by Grandmaster Lui Chen Huan.


    + 2007.... HALL OF FAME Induction... "USA Martial Arts".


    + 2019.... HALL OF FAME Induction... "International Chinese Martial Arts Championships" worldwide circuit (ICMAC).





    Synthesizing what he has learned over the last 45+ years while studying with numerous Masters & Grandmasters..... Chris teaches his Tai Chi & Chi Gong from a "Principle"... & "Internal Energy" based standpoint, which allows his teachings to be applied effectively to any "style" or "level" of practitioner....with profound results.


    Additionally, from his own life experiences, he has a strong belief in the power of Tai Chi & Chi Gong to improve our daily lives and personal relationships..... and therefore has always given extra focus to developing special exercises and techniques that allow us to understand how to use these arts to positively affect our daily lives.


    One such creation is "Psycho-Energetic Chi Gong" tm... A system of Chi Gong exercises that each act as a specific "antidote or balancing tonic" to various common life/psychological challenges.


    Finally, being a strong believer in the theory that people learn more effectively when they are "happy, inspired & enjoying themselves"..... Chris teaches with a style that is "Technically Rich"... yet also... quite "Light-Hearted & Enjoyable"!



    1st NATIONAL GOLD MEDAL (Instructors Division)

    1990 American Tai Chi Championships,

    San Francisco

    ** The "Golden Age" of Tai Chi competitions occurred during the first few years of National Competition in the U.S... The period from approximately 1987-1993 where, at "National" level competitions, the ranks of "competitors" were filled with an unusually large number of "Masters" and "accomplished Sifus". This unusual situation was due to 2 main factors.... (1) The "newness" of Tai Chi Competitions in the U.S. and thus a desire on the part of these Masters & Sifus to "see what it was all about".... (2) Competitors were all being funneled into the "National" competitions due to a lack of "regional" events throughout the country at the time.


    This situation tapered off after the early 90's as most of these high-level practitioners had satisfied their curiosity.... and had since been drafted into the ranks of judges, referees, and advisors for the competitions. Additionally, a profusion of "Regional" competitions had begun to develop throughout the country dispersing the talent pool to a degree.


















    The following is a tribute to my first & most influential Tai Chi teacher Grand Master Liu Chen Huan (affectionately known as "Abraham")... who died in 2017 at the age of 102!



    Born in China in 1915.... Abraham began his study of Tai Chi Chuan at the age of 19 while a cadet at the Chinese Military Academy. His teacher was the famous Professor Cheng Man Ching...one of the most accomplished senior disciples of Yang Cheng Fu (and widely credited with bringing Tai Chi to the West).


    Being a particularly dedicated student and also far from his home, Abraham would spend his weekends living at Professor Cheng's home and studying with him privately.


    Abraham became a high ranking General in the Chinese Nationalist Army....later moving on to Taiwan (and reuniting with The Professor there)... and eventually to the West Coast of the U.S. in 1973 at Professor Cheng's request. Settling in San Diego soon after arriving he began teaching a group of enthusiastic Americans in beautiful Balboa Park in the Spring of 1974.


    I was fortunate enough to be among that early group of students in the park and at 17 was probably the youngest of the group (and am the only person from those early days still teaching in the general style passed on by Abraham). I continued to study with Abraham both in class and privately at his home for many years. In 1977 I was asked by Grandmaster Lui to serve as his teaching assistant (joining my Tai Chi Brother Bill Helm in that role).


    In 1979 I moved to Maui, Hawaii to surf and "practice" Tai Chi on the beach. When I told Grandmaster Liu this and promised to be dedicated in my "practice"..... He caught me off guard by saying.... "I think that you should open up your own school there!"..... The thought had never crossed my mind... but immediately after arriving I did as he had suggested.


    Abraham was always full of surprises.... when I moved back to San Diego in 1980 I "very" humbly asked if I could be reinstated as an assistant.... to which he responded "No.... I don't think so" (my heart sank).... then after a long pause he shocked me by saying... "I think you should start your own school here. And... as a matter of fact I think you should take over my classes in La Jolla and use that to start your school".


    The above serves as illustrations of the way he was with his students....always surprising and "challenging" them.