Meet Our Martial Arts Instructors

Dayne Thomas

Dayne Thomas

Dayne has founded "The Institute of Taoist Arts" which is a school devoted to the transmission of Taoist Meditation, Qigong and T’ai Chi Ch’uan. These practices date back at least four millennia and have been preserved over time because of the important effects these exercises have upon our Mind, Body & Spirit. Qigong and T’ai Chi, with the combination of Taoist Meditation, have been known to reduce physical stress, promote the healthy growth of muscles, tissues, tendons and inner organs as well as relieve depression and other affective disorders. Many of these secretive processes have been shrouded in mystery for centuries and only until very recently have many of these secrets not only been revealed, but have had scientific studies replicate the positive effects of their hypotheses. The Institute of Taoist Arts was founded on principles of self-defense, health, wellness and longevity and is committed to the teachings of The Tao, a peaceful union of the warrior spirit with the mind of a sage.

LEE DUNN

LEE DUNN

I am in the 25th year practicing and playing with Chi Gong & T’ai Chi, and I realize just how much I have discovered about myself. I am a student of life, that is to say about all the gifts life offers. In September, I will be 63 years old and I have never felt better. In the early days of my studies, I would practice 4 times a week, in the middle years, 4 times a day, 4 days a week, and these days I practice once a day, 7 days a week. I never seem to grow tired of studying the Art. I believe the Art is an acquired taste, not everyone will get it, and even fewer will enjoy it enough to make it apart of their life, but I can say it changed my life. After 10 years in the building trades, I was a physical wreck from all the strenuous labor and looking for a way to continue another 20 years. I tried cross training, swimming, biking, nothing helped. I saw a flyer for Tialopa T’ai Chi Center, called my teacher, Marilyn Allysum, and I found in T’ai Chi the way forward, through stress, physical exertion, and mental fatigue. T’ai Chi is what I needed to find my way in life. So, why am I not running around jumping up and down about the joys of T’ai Chi? Because I believe we all need to find our own inner joy, the thing that can bring each of us to our own center and if it should happen that T’ai Chi is this for you, then we will find each other and begin the work of the Art. I will do T’ai Chi all my remaining days. I will instruct others in the Art, as long as I am able. One of the principles of T’ai Chi that I am fond of says; “use mind and not force”, a great principle for all of life.

Maxwell Kubala

Andre Balian