Faculty

 

Harrison Moretz 莫承華,

Founder of the Taoist Studies Institute, Harrison has been practicing and teaching Taoist cultivation and internal martial arts for 40 years. He has dedicated his life to penetrating and disseminating the essence of traditional Taoist practice and culture. Harrison is a 19th-Generation Chen-style Taiji, and 2nd-Generation Hunyuan Taiji Master. He is a formal disciple of Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan founder Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang.As a teacher, he has an extraordinary skill to be able to transmit the subtleties of internal martial arts, and of the Tao. Many students over the years have gone through life changing experiences under his tutelage.

 

 

 

 

Shoko Zama 

Shoko Zama began her study of Taiji and Qigong in Japan in 1980. She had moved to Seattle in 1988 and met Madam Gao Fu in 1989 , started to study Chen Style Taiji with her. After she met Master Feng ZiQiang in 2000, he prompted her to study Hunyuan Chen Style in depth.  Shoko has taught in Bellevue Community College for 13 years, and has been teaching for Taoist studies Institute for 20 years.She also had studied Alexander Technique since 1989, and is an ATI certified Alexander Technique teacher. She brings her unique skill of combining those two modalities to help students understand Taiji principles.

 

 

Joseph Pau

Joseph Pau has trained in Bagua Zhang and the Hunyuan Taiji system for 18 years. He has been a diligent student of Master Harrison Moretz and became 20th generation Chen Style Taijiquan and 3rd generation Hunyuan Taijiquan Disciple in 2007.He also had graduated from “Yangsheng Program” class of 2004 at Taoist studies Institute.

His personable and detailed approach in teaching is highly appreciated by many of our students.

 

 

Jason Robertson, E.A.M.P.

Jason Robertson, E.A.M.P., is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (2000). He is involved in ongoing post-graduate studies in Beijing with acupuncture specialist, Dr. Wang. In collaboration, they wrote and published Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine (Eastland Press, 2008).  Jason maintains a private practice in Seattle.

Website: www.kentuckyginseng.com

Daniel Altschuler, Ph.D. (China), E.A.M.P.

Daniel Altschuler, Ph.D. (China), L.Ac. studied and taught Chinese medicine in Taiwan for nearly 15 years, apprenticing under Dr. Lee Chen-Yu. He has an MA (1992) in Asian religions from UCLA and a Ph.D. (2005) in Chinese medicine from Guangzhou Chinese Medical College. His specialties include neuropathy and chronically stubborn diseases. He has authored the translation entitled Neuropathy: Traditional Chinese Herbal Treatment in a Modern Medical Environment.

Website: www.oldschoolacupuncture.com

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Matthew Branham, MAcOM, LAc, received his Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAcOM) from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine.  He is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the State of New Jersey and is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine(NCCAOM). In addition to his acupuncture expertise Matthew has been a massage therapist specializing in Asian Bodywork therapy for over 15 years.  He began his training in Tuina, Shiatsu and Acupressure at the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, CA in 1999, and continued his training in Tuina with Frank Butler and Tom Bisio, and in Shiatsu with Stephen Brown.  Matthew was a guest instructor in the student Tuina Clinic at Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine as well a lead teacher for the Tuina courses at Taoist Studies Institute.  Under Harrison Moretz’s guidance, Matthew was accepted as a lineage disciple in Grandmaster Feng ZhiQiang’s system of Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan, and represents the 3rd-generation of Hunyuan Taiji and the 20th-generation of Chen-style Taiji.  Matthew continues advanced training in Taijiquan and Qigong with Taoist Studies Institute Director and Founder, Harrison Moretz. 

 

Adjunct Faculty

indexZhu, Yuming

Yuming Zhu is a very passionate and well-known artist in the Greater Seattle area. Originally from Shanghai, China he began studying painting under master artists at age 10. He participated in the “Five Thoughts of Asian Art” program that was offered through the Seattle Art Museum and KCTS Channel 9.

Yuming also teaches and does demos of Sumi art through National and regional Sumi Associations, art institutes, and art stores. His art is also showcased at galleries locally and internationally.

 

 

. Zhang Qin Ph. D

Sichuan University – Professor
National Key Research Institute for Daoism and Religious Studies – Associate Director
Daoist Cultivation Study Center – Director
Chinese Religious Studies Association – Advisory Board
Chengdu Daoist Association – Advisory Board