Joseph's Friends, Mentors and Teachers of the Internal ArtsApril 1992, New Haven, Connecticut: "Moving to California Party." Joseph with some of his most cherished mentors and teachers of the internal arts. From far left: Master Kenneth Van Sickle, Grandmaster William C.C. Chen, Grandmaster Yu Cheng Hsiang, Master Maggie Newman, Master Steve Bennett, Master Reggie Jackson, and Master Robert Murphy.
Grandmaster Don Kuk Ahn
1984-'86 Cheng Man Ching/Yang Family Style Tai Ji Quan, Taoist Neigong, Qigong and Meditation, Iron Shirt and Sexual Qigong Healing, and Qigong-Tuina-Bodywork. Joseph is very grateful to Grandmaster Ahn for providing him a very solid foundation in all aspects of Taichi and Taoist philosophy and for teaching him Taichi's most important skill, "Rooting" power.
Sensei Yoshimitsu Yamada Morihei Ueshiba's Aikido, intensively from 1985-’86 and periodically from '88-’92 at the New York Aikikai. Sensei Yamada, along with his high ranking teachers, provided Joseph with a solid exposure in all the basic aspects of authentic Aikido. On occasion, Joseph likes to drop in to say hello and put on his gi (uniform) to workout with some of his friendly Aikidokas.
Sensei Seiichi Sugano Morihei Ueshiba's Aikido, intensively 1985-’86 and periodically from '88-’92 at the New York Aikikai. Sugano Sensei's solid build and graceful power always inspired Joseph to pursue the deeper philosophical roots of Aikido. On occasion, Joseph drops by and puts on his "Gi" (uniform) to workout with some of his old friends.
Grandmaster Yu Cheng Hsiang
Joseph with his beloved Taichi and Shaolin Kung Fu teacher and Push-Hands Sparring expert, Grand Master Yu Cheng Hsiang at his 75th Birthday party in New York City. He studied from 1986-’92 and 1994-'96 in: Old Yang & Cheng Man Ching style Taiji Quan, Shaolin Lohan Quan, Shaolin Quan, Shaolin Staff, Buddhist Qigong and Meditation, Taiji Sword, Yin Fu Style Bagua Zhang, Tui Shou (pushing-hands) and fighting applications. Grandmaster Yu helped Joseph better understand the finer aspects of Chinese martial arts, culture and etiquette. By being an amazing living example of open heartedness, discipline, dedication and refined power and skill. Grandmaster Yu inspires everyone who crosses his path. While under Grandmaster Yu's School, Joseph achieved four Grand Championship titles in Tui-Shou San shou (Pushing-Hands Sparring), while competing in National and International Tai Chi Tournaments.
William C. C. Chen
Periodically from 1988-1999 in Tui Shou (pushing-hands). Grandmaster Chen's fighting power is legendary throughout the Chinatowns of the world, quite the "wallop" is delivered from his deceptively looking frame and fists, of which Joseph had the privilege of "feeling" on his occasional visits to his New York City school throughout the years. Grandmaster Chen is one of the most powerful Taichi fighters around, yet surprising demonstrates an uncanny humility, never talking badly about any other teacher or style. Joseph still enjoys dropping by his school to workout with his very vibrant family and dedicated students and to pick-up some finer points on his version of Cheng Man Ching Yang Style Tai Chi form.
Master Kenneth Van Sickle
1988-Present: Taoist Philosophy, Art, Poetry and Literature, Taiji Sword, Cheng Man Ching Yang Style Taiji Quan. Master Van Sickle has been an incredible mentor and friend to Joseph since he was a teenager, sharing great stories and lessons from his teacher, the legendary Professor Cheng Man Ching and other martial arts personalities, which inspired him to pursue the martial arts as a career path. And, most importantly, Master Van Sickle always provided Joseph with indispensable sagely advice and moral support throughout the years.
Grandmaster Yang Zhen Duo
July 1990, Group photo with Grand Master Yang Zhen Duo (4th Generation descendant of the creator of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan) in Winchester Virginia, where Joseph served as a judge for the Taste of China International Tai Chi Tournament. From far left, Joseph Zeisky, Yu Cheng Hsiang, Bob Murphy, Ben Lo, and Grand Master Yang Zhen Duo's grandson, Yang Jun (6th Generation descendant of the creator of Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan). At the 1990 Taste of China Tournament in Winchester Virginia, Joseph had the great privilege of attending a weeklong training intensive with 4th Generation Inheritor of the Yang Family Tai Chi, Grand Master Yang Zhen Duo. Not only was Grandmaster Yang's grace and power evident throughout his form demonstrations, but also most striking was his booming voice. He could project his voice commands from one end of the large gymnasium to other end without using a microphone!
Master Bruce Frantzis
Taoist lineage holder Master Bruce Frantzis has taught Joseph the following subjects: Grandmaster Liu Hung Chieh’s Beijing Baguazhang Single Palm Change Form and Circle Walking Meditation, Taoist Water Dissolving Method, Energy Gates Chigung, Spiraling Energy Body Chigung, Heaven and Earth Chigung, Bend the Bow Chigung, Taoist Breathing Methods, Taoist Meditation, Taoist Sexual Chigung, Chigung-Tuina Therapeutic Bodywork, Wu Style Taichi Short Form, Xingyi Chuan and Yi Chuan. In 1988, Joseph attended his first Baguazhang workshop with Master Frantzis in New York City. Between 1992-94, Joseph moved to California to train more intensively with Master Frantzis, serving as an assistant instructor in his regular classes held in San Rafael, California. And, he trained and studied with him privately at his then home in Fairfax,CA later becoming a member of Master Frantzis' first group to be certified to teach his Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form, in 1993. After returning to the East coast, Joseph continued to attend Master Frantzis' yearly workshops between 1994-99 and continued to teach his systems on a semi-private basis. Learning from an authentic Taoist Master was a life altering experience for which he will forever be thankful.
Dr.Marcus Brinkman O.M.D.
Summer 1999, Boulder Colorado, Joseph with Master Marcus Brinkman O. M. D. , Baguazhang expert, Scholar of Chinese Medicine & Martial Arts, Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbs and the rare art of Pulse Diagnosis. In the fall of 1999, Joseph moved to Boulder Colorado to continue researching and practicing the Gao Yi Sheng Baguazhang system with Master Luo De Xiu's senior most disciple, Dr. Marcus Brinkman (O.M.D.) Fluent in the modern and ancient Chinese language, Master Brinkman's humility and unassuming manner can easily distracts one from seeing his unique talents in scholarship, teaching/communication skills, and great forms and fighting skills; his years of dedicated apprenticeships to amazing teachers and masters while in Asia is quite evident. Master Brinkman greatly helped Joseph better understand Master Luo's methods and forms, especially how Chinese Medicine principles can be applied using internal martial arts and Chigung practices. Subjects learned from Master Marcus Brinkman: Gao Yi Sheng Xiantian & Houtian Baguazhang, Hebei Xingyiquan, Taijiquan, Qigong, Meditation and Chinese Medicine principles and theory.
Master Lo Dexiu
Spring 2002, Taipei Taiwan, Joseph with fellow Bagua enthusiasts, Marilyn Hendricks and the very talented Bagua expert Master Lo Dexiu, his primary Gao Yi Sheng Baguazhang teacher. Joseph began studying with Master Lo in the summer of 2000, attending his weekend seminars in Boulder CO, San Francisco CA and Boston MA. And, in March of 2002 Joseph ventured out to Asia on a Bagua study sabbatical with the help of some friends. He spent the spring and summer seasons in Taipei, Taiwan training intensively with "Lo Laoshi” (“teacher Lo” as his students and senior disciples affectionately call him); subjects learned from Lo Laoshi: Gao Yi Sheng Bagua, Hebei Xingyi, qigong and meditation. Master Lo is a very powerful and skillful fighter, with great physical talents in energy work and precise memory for forms. His deep understanding of the internal arts and obvious dedication to years of daily training are unmistakeable, combined with his animated teaching style and great enthusiasm, made for a truly amazing experience. Through his hands on approach, of vigorously touching, grabbing, banging, pushing, throwing and hitting, he could clearly transmit the “feeling” of the different types of jins (energies). But, equally enjoyable was Master Lo’s sense of humor and openness, cordiality, generosity and graciousness, going out of his way to make his students feel more at home.
Principle Teachers & Mentors | Andre L. Zeisky | Don Kuk Ahn | Yoshimitsu Yamada | Seiichi Sugano | Yu Cheng Hsiang | William C. C. Chen | Kenneth Van Sickle | Yang Zhen Duo | Bruce Frantzis | Marcus Brinkman | Lo Dexiu