Instructors

Sifu Guy C. Prentice

Guy has studied the martial arts since 1969; at first in the “hard” martial arts of Karate and Kung Fu. In 1987 he tried T’ai Chi Ch’uan and never went back to the others. He began his work with Master Jampa Mackenzie Stewart DOM at the Rochester T’ai Chi Ch’uan Center. He has taught at the Center since 1990 and in Continuing Education Departments, Recreation Centers, Corporations and Senior Centers. more »

Sifu Kathleen M. Gill, Ph.D.

Dr. Kathy Gill is a clinical psychologist with over thirty years of experience in stress management and health promotion. She tells her clients and students that the best method of relaxation is the one you practice every day - and tai chi is that method for her. She became familiar with tai chi in the mid-70’s on her internship in California. more »

Sifu John R. Wagner, Jr.

John began to study T’ai Chi at the Rochester T'ai Chi Ch'uan Center in 1996 and was certified by Grandmaster William C. C. Chen in 2003.  In 2009, he received his diploma to teach Grandmaster Chen’s T’ai Chi short form, sword form, push hands and applications.  He became a Cheng Hsin trainer in 2010 and is working toward his Chen Pan-ling certification. more »

Frank LaManna

Frank began his work in the martial arts in 1968 with his study of Tae Kwon Do as taught by Duk Sun. He continued in this pursuit for two years, until he moved to Rochester, New York where he obtained a Black Belt in Shito Ryu from (Karate Hall of Famer) Ted Ricketts. During that time, he became interested in T’ai Chi, but had no opportunities for study. more »

Brian Bruning

Brian has been associated with the Rochester T’ai Chi Ch’uan Center since 1989 and instructing since 1999. He started studying Shaolin Kung Fu in 1974 and switched to Yang T’ai Chi in 1978, under Reggie Jackson, senior student of Da Liu, a Master teacher from mainland China. He continued his studies under Jampa Mackenzie Stewart of Rochester, in 1989, in the Chen Pan-ling style. more »

Jim Ransom

Jim Ransom started his Martial Arts training as a 7 year old, wrestling in AAU Junior Open Division until he was 15. While in high school, he switched to Kudukan Judo. In 1969, Jim began training in various schools of karate-do, including Chito Ryu, Uechi-Ryu, Shotokan, and Tae Kwon Do. He was a member of the Purple Dragons, a Wu-Shu Karate club. more »

Nina Varon

Nina found T’ai Chi fascinating as a college student, but did not have the opportunity to learn it until she settled in Rochester where she discovered the Rochester T'ai Chi Ch'uan Center.  more »