Nick began his martial arts training in 1966, studying Shodokan Karate and Judo 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 nineteenth year as a board member, a past President, and current Vice-president/President-elect of the international Guang Ping Yang T’ai Chi Association. He is a founding board member, national advisor, and the current Northwest Regional Chair of the US I-Chuan Association, and is a former member of the U.S. Kuoshu Federation, the U.S. Wushu Union, and the Tai Chi Health Community. 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 competitions for the Internal Martial Arts divisions (t’ai chi forms, weapons, push-hands, etc.) at regional, national, and international levels. In addition to receiving express permission to teach from Grandmaster Y.C. Chiang, and his other teachers, Nick was among the first taijiquan instructors ever certified by the international Guang Ping Yang T’ai Chi Association, and holds a Lifetime Certification. In addition to ongoing classes he has presented classes and workshops in various community settings, including Whitman College, the YMCA, T'ai Chi Alchemy, and the international Guang Ping Yang TCA Annual Conference.
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 as a Judge 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 taijiquan instructors certified by the international Guang Ping Yang T’ai Chi Association, and recently (March 2016) received the honor of Lifetime Certification. She maintains an active Teacher Level membership in the Guang Ping Yang Association, and participates annually in Tai Chi Alchemy and both as an attendee and as a presenter in the Guang Ping Yang TCA international conference.
Lynn and Nick began teaching t’ai chi in 1995, first assisting at the Kuang Ping school under the supervision of Laoshr JoAnna Gee Schoon and Sifu Valarie Prince. In 1997 they began sharing responsibility for the school’s classes offered through the Community Services division of Irvine Valley College in Irvine, CA. Nick also worked extensively with classes at the Tustin Senior Center in Tustin, CA. Nick and Lynn have the express permission of both Master Y.C. Chiang and his tajii heir, Fu-Tung Cheng, to continue teaching Guang Ping Yang style taijiquan as it is taught at the Chung Hua Clinic & Wen Wu School of Martial Arts. They are also both certified Teachers and Judges for Internal Martial Arts. In 2000, with Master Chiang's permission, they formed the Walla Walla Wen Wu School of T’ai Chi and began teaching in Walla Walla, WA.