Walla Walla Wen Wu School of T’ai Chi

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Walla Walla Wen Wu School
of T’ai Chi

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Nick D’Antoni

Nick began his martial arts training in
1966, studying Shotokan Karate and Judo for three years under Sensei Cliff
Tickel, in Anaheim, California. Over the years he continued to actively explore
other physical and mental disciplines, including yoga, zen, and other meditation
practices, before discovering a “perfect fit” in the practice of t’ai chi ch’uan
(taijiquan), which he has practiced and studied intensively since 1993. In 1999
Nick retired as Managing Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Division at
Santa Ana College and moved to Walla Walla, WA. He is in his tenth year as a
board member, and is a past president of the international Guang Ping Yang T’ai
Chi Association. He is a founding board member and a current national advisor of
the US I-Chuan Association, and is a member of both the U.S. Chinese Kuoshu
Federation and the U.S. Wushu Union. At the invitation of Grandmaster Henry
Look, in 1999, he began judging at Internal Martial Arts competitions with the U
C Berkeley Chinese Martial Arts Championships sanctioned by the US Chinese
Kuoshu Federation. He is certified by the U.S.C.K.F., U.S.W.U., and Guang Ping
Yang T’ai Chi Association and has judged for the Internal Martial Arts divisions
(t’ai chi forms, weapons, push-hands, etc.) at a number of national and regional
competitions. In addition to receiving the express permission to teach of his
lineage holder, Master Y.C. Chiang, and his other teachers, Nick was among the
first t’ai chi instructors ever certified by Guang Ping Yang T’ai Chi
Association, and was granted a Lifetime Certification.

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Lynn Sharp

Lynn has been practicing t’ai chi since 1987. While living in Colorado, she
began her studies with Bataan Faigao, a direct student of the famous Professor
Cheng Man-ch’ing, initially learning the form developed by Master Cheng. Shortly
after moving to California, in 1988, she began studying at the Kuang Ping School
of T’ai Chi, in Orange County. Apart from her t’ai chi experience, Lynn has been
teaching at the college level since 1993. She is a tenured Associate Professor
of European History at Whitman College, in Walla Walla, WA. Lynn is a charter
member of, and is certified by, the Guang Ping Yang T’ai Chi Association. She is
also a member of the U.S. Chinese Kuoshu Federation and U.S. Wushu Union. In
addition to the express permission to teach of her lineage holder, Master Y.C.
Chiang, and her other teachers, Lynn was in the first group of t’ai chi teachers
ever certified by the Guang Ping Yang T’ai Chi Association. She maintains an
active Teacher’s Certification from the association.

Common Training and Experience

Since 1994 Lynn and Nick have primarily trained and studied together. They
studied the empty hands Guang Ping Yang style t’ai chi set, Chi Kung (Qigong),
traditional Yang Sabre (dao), push hands (tui shou), and san shou (a two person
empty hands set) at the Kuang Ping School of T’ai Chi in Orange County, CA under
the tutelage of Laoshr JoAnna Gee Schoon and Shih-fu Valarie Prince. Since 1995
they have also studied and refined the Guang Ping set and studied t’ai chi
philosophy under Master Y. C.