Frank Lamanna

frank.jpgFrank LaManna 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. When Ted Ricketts left and closed his school, Frank worked independently for a number of years before studying Hsing I with John Icone, a student of Hung I Shian. In 1987, Frank began working with Mackenzie Stuart on the short Yang style, as taught by one of Cheng Man-Ching’s students, Grandmaster William C. C. Chen. Frank’s teacher at this time was one of Grandmaster Chen’s most senior students, Carol Mancuso.

In the years since he began his study of the internal arts, Frank has also studied with, or attended workshops by:

  • T.T. Liang
  • Stuart Olson
  • Heiko Rommelman
  • Charles Pearce
  • Ping Cheng
  • Nathan Menaged
  • Dr. Tao Ping Hsiang
  • William C. C. Chen
  • Peter Ralston

Frank received his certificate and diploma from Grandmaster William C. C. Chen.