Brian Bruning 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 Ch'uan 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. Further instruction continued under Chen Pan-ling’s senior student, Y.W. Chang of New Orleans, Jim Ransom, senior student of RTCCC's founder Kai Sung, and Grandmaster Chen Yun Ching, son of Chen Pan Ling, and heir to his father's Martial Arts legacy. He became Master Chen's Inner Door student in 2009. Visiting instructors add to his knowledge base. He has served as Vice president, Secretary, and three times as President of the Center's Board of Directors. He has served as the Coordinator of the Center's annual World T'ai Chi and Qigong Day event since 2001. He currently studies and teaches Chen Pan Ling's martial arts of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Bagua, HsingI, Feng Ch'uan, Shaolin, and traditional Chinese weapons, the 24 mainland form and Da Liu's T'ai Chi Ch'uan.
“The reason I started studying T’ai Chi Ch’uan was to learn a more interesting and efficient martial art that was also very effective for maintaining health. My focus is health because it affects your quality of life. However, I also study the martial aspect for a more complete and deeper understanding of the art.The nuances of T’ai Chi are always revealing themselves as time goes on, as are the flavors of the different styles of this unique art."