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.

John has been an active member of the RTCCC Board of Directors since 2000, serving as Treasurer (2000–2003) and Vice President (2003–2005).  In 2005, he resumed the role of Treasurer, a position he continues to hold.

John’s teachers include Grandmaster William C. C. Chen, Grandmaster Dr. Tao Ping-Siang, Master Peter Ralston, Y. W. Chang, Master Chen Yun Ching, Ken Cohen, Frank LaManna, Peter Herman, Guy Prentice, Brian Bruning, Kathleen Gill, Ph.D., Kate Shannon, Carol Mancusso, Ed Mathews, Alex Hing, Pin Zhu Cheng, Bob Loce, Master Chen Youze, Dr. Sonam Willow, and Jim Holz.  Through diligent study and exploration, John has become experienced in the 18 Healing Therapies Qigong exercises and  Swimming Dragon exercise.  He is certified to teach Dr. Paul Lam’s T’ai Chi for Arthritis form.

John earned his BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He fenced epee and was co-captain of the varsity fencing team.  During his two years of graduate school he was an assistant fencing coach.

John worked in the plastic processing industry for 34 years, retiring from Mobil Chemical Co. in Macedon in 1998.  He holds 24 patents and has presented papers at national and international seminars.  John remains involved in the plastic processing industry by serving as the Treasurer of the Society of Plastics Engineers Extrusion Division and as Editor of the Journal of Plastic Film and Sheeting. Currently, he is the President of Crescent Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in plastic processing.

 Personal Statement

"I have benefited greatly from T'ai Chi in that it has improved my general health and well being.  I enjoy the inner peace and power that comes from practicing T'ai Chi, as well as the improvements my T’ai Chi practice has made in my squash game.  Most of all, I love being able to help educate others so that they, too, may benefit from T'ai Chi and together we can grow in our practice."