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- John Bracy, master teacher of martial arts, qigong (chi kung), Taoist yoga and Tai chi invented several styles of mind-body training based on accessing the mind and attaining a kind of harmony over body rhythms. Useful for developing greater power, effortless control over an opponent and self-healing, these methods are among the most advanced in the field.
John began studying the martial arts in 1967 at the age of 12. Continuously since then, with the exception of some USMC assignments which prevented him from maintaining regular practice, in those--now more than forty years of experience--he has never taken a break from his training.
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- Sometimes the practice changed. Around ten years ago John was crippled by a catasphophic injury. However, although approved for back surgery, he declined. Starting from barely being able to crawl, to then standing with support, continuing to teach classes while laying on his back, he eventually healed himself. In the words of the attending neuro surgeon who evaluated and recommended surgery, after reviewing the series of John's MRIs, said he had "never seen anything comparable to recovery like this without surgery." (This story, including before and after MRIs are planned for a future book). Now training again (but not yet as fast as he would like)
- John takes what he learned from healing his back to promote deeper understanding of the power of ancient Chinese yogas, chi kung, the potential of Taoist breathing techniques and the power of light and effortless touch to control and opponent. LARGER VIEW OF LINEAGE CERTIFICATE [click here]
- In brief:
- 1967 Began training
- 1974-77 Active duty US Marine Corps (Assignments: 7th Counterintelligence Team;
- G-2 Staff Counterintelligence, Ist MAW, Iwakuni, Japan
- Personal staff, Commanding Officer, MWSG-37, El Toro)
- 1976 Opened first martial art studio
- 1981 B.A. Psychology, CSU Long Beach
- 1981-82 Graduate exchange student, Feng Chia University, Taiwan
- 1981- Awarded Instructor and Advisor Rank,
- Pa Kua Society, Taiwan (certificate at right)
- [Order John's book] [read excerpts]
- 1982 Lineage Disciple & Advanced Instructor Certification Master Yi Te-kuen, Pa Kua
- Society (internal Shaolin); Also studied with Yi Tien-wen (Internal Shaolin)
- Dr.Tim-Fook Chan (chi kung, Taoist breathing), Ho Shen-Ting (Hsing I, Ba Gua, Tai Chi), Chang Shr- jung (Hsing I)
- 1983: Sponsors Master Ho Shen-ting to the U.S.
- 1984: Sponsors Master Yi Tien-wen to the U.S.;Master Yi Te-Kuen also visits and teaches
- 1986: Awarded 7th Degree instructor rank in Taipei by Pa Kua Gate society
- 1988: Accepted as lineage disciple by Master Liu Xing-han during Confucian ceremony in Beijing
- 1989: Licensed Coach, Beijing Full Contact Fighting Association
- 1991 Featured with Master Liu in first (then "newsletter") of the Pa Kua Journal [read]
- 1992-94 Guides various groups and senior Hsing Chen instructors to training trips in Taiwan and Beijing
- 1994 Received 8th degree instructor rank by Master Yi Te-kuen
- when visiting and teaching at the Hsing Chen school in Costa Mesa
- 1995 Attended International Ba Gua Zhang conference, Beijing; [read article] Featured on Beijing television program
- 1999 Ba Gua: Hidden knowledge in the Taoist Internal Martial Art
- published by North Atlantic Books
- 1985-2002 Operated one of the largest and most successful internal martial art schools
- in the U.S./ Also taught seminars in France, Austria, So. Korea,Greece, Canada and throughout the U.S.
- June 2009 Retires from full time teaching [read story]
John Bracy Instructor & Advisor Certificate, Taiwan, 1981
John Bracy 8th Degree Instructor certificate 1994
[View 8th degree instructor certificate / watch highlights from promotion and demonstrations
Plaque from Association Teachers and students, 1989
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