Richard Ellis is President and Technical Director of the Oriental Health Academy in Milan, Italy and the creator of a pioneering, system based study method for teaching and learning Taijiquan and Qigong. This study method was developed to help students of all levels and styles (including teachers) to experience the various internal aspects of Taijiquan and Qigong. It utilizes detailed innovative exercises which have been fine tuned over a number of years and are now used by teachers of Taijiquan and Qigong schools of different styles in Italy.
While this new study method concentrates on attaining internal perceptions through physical exercises, it also incorporates theoretical studies based on Master Ellis’ years of research in Chinese culture and philosophy, including his studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). These insights permeate all of his courses, seminars and workshops.
Master Ellis has been a guest lecturer at International Medical Conventions on the subjects of Taijiquan and Qigong.
During over 50 years of martial arts training and over 40 years of studying Taijiquan, Master Ellis has trained with a number of high level Chinese Taijiquan masters including, among others, Cao Wei Min (Chinese Gold Champion, and coach of the Chinese and Japanese National Teams), He Bin Quan (the only non Chen family member listed in the Chen family book), and Wang Hao Da (disciple of Grandmaster Ma Yueh Liang). He is presently following the teachings of Master Li Liqun of Shanghai (senior disciple of Grandmaster Ma Yueh Liang) in Wu Style Tui Shou, although Master Ellis’s main emphasis remains Yang Style.
Among his Taijiquan certifications, Master Ellis received diplomas as an Instructor from both the PWKA (Professional Wushu Kungfu Association) and the Federazione Italiana Wushu (Italian Wushu Federation), Master certification from the PWKA (Professional Wushu Kungfu Association) and International Master certification from the IMAF (International Martial Arts Federation) in Spain.
Prior to the Oriental Health Academy, Master Ellis served as associate technical director of the PWKA (Professional Wushu Kungfu Association) Taijiquan division where he taught both regular courses and instructors’ courses and also served as referee and chief tournament judge. Presently, Master Ellis teaches advanced courses, instructors’ courses and masters courses (for teachers who wish to expand their knowledge of the internal aspects of the arts and/or use his innovative study method) at the Oriental Health Academy.
Qigong is a natural companion to the study of any Internal Art and here too, Master Ellis has been privileged to receive training and guidance by masters of two important schools: Dr. Xu Guo Rong for Longmen Qigong and Master Sun Junqing for Wubaomen Qigong, both of whom authorized him to teach their styles.
Master Ellis also teaches Tuina (a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine) and works as a Tuina therapist in Milan. He studied both Acupuncture and Tuina at a Traditional Chinese Medicine institute affiliated with the University of Nanjing, from which he received his certification. During his clinical practice he assisted Dr. Gordon Xu in over 600 hours of consultations and treatments. For those familiar with Dr. Xu’s severity in training, the best testimonial he gave to Master Ellis’ preparation and achievements in Tuina is that he considers him his own therapist!
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