Jimmy Chan Shifu has been studying and practicing TaiJi Quan and Chinese Gung Fu for over 20 years. First as a child, with what he calls the watered down beginnings to the discovery of his many teachers. Beginning with Grandmaster of TaiJi Quan and Gung Fu, Dr. Shi Cun Wu (Shifu) at the KangTai TaiJi Center in Chicago where his true traditional training began.
Wu Shifu said that Jimmy Chan is what the chinese call “the perfect student” he has 5 Brains meaning, he was impressed with his ability to retain and perform so he pushed him to excel quickly. Jimmy Chan was already an international sensation as a competitive bodybuilder who at the point had won the Mr. America title as a natural athlete as well as being a vegetarian. Wu Shifu entered him in countless local and international martial arts competitions where Jimmy would make his mark. He has won over 20 Gold Medals, 25 Silver Medals and 10 Bronze Metals with countless of awards of recognition of skill and contributions to the martial arts community.
In the late 90’s, while competing in a tournament in Chicago, Jimmy would meet 34th Generation Shaolin Monk Shi Yan Ming, yet another figure who would change his life forever. Jimmy has been training at the USA Shaolin Temple in NY,NY for the past 18 years where he studies the essence of Gung Fu, TaiJi Quan and Chan Buddhism. He was taken as a disciple in 2003 and has travelled and studied throughout China while traveling with the Abott.
He is certified to teach and most proficient in Chen Style, Yang Style, Wu Style, Sun Style, Mulan Ch’uan, TaiJi Palm (1-3 Sets), Qi Gong, Various weapons including sword, staff, daggers, fan, broadsword and much more. Jimmy has been teaching for the past 25 years as a fitness trainer, massage therapist and TaiJi Instructor who has travelled around the world as an Ambassador of Health and Fitness while prepping two manuscripts of poetry, “Streams of Consciousness 69Times” and “Don’t Kill the Messenger…” which are currently available online. Jimmy is a body worker certified by Bob King and Jim Hackett. Has worked with silver screen and stage performers from Cirque du Soleil, The Full Monty International Touring Group, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Chris O’Donnell, Taylor Tullis-Miller, public officials, amateur and pro athletes alike.Wednesdays 11:00amSundays 10:00amJimmy Chan also offers Myofascial Release