Meet Dr. David Walls-Kaufman
Tai Chi Lineage —
Since 1988 Dr. David Walls-Kaufman has been a student of Master Benjamin Pang Jeng Lo
, who is a senior student of Prof. Cheng Man-ch'ing
Walls-Kaufman won the Cheng Man-ch'ing championship in Italy in 2006.
Join us for Tai Chi classes on Tuesday evenings 7:00pm - 8:00pm at 411 East Capitol St., SE, Washington, DC 20003. Learn more.
Other interests include music. He is in a band called "Land of Malls"
which is known for its indie-folk-rock-rockability sound.
Capitol Hill Chiropractic Center —
When he is not practicing Tai Chi in the park or playing in the band, he runs the Capitol Hill Chiropractic Center
, recognized by Craig's List as one of the top ten chiropractic offices in the DC area.
Tai Chi Lineage — My Teachers
Walls-Kaufman is a senior student of Ben Lo, world renowned senior student of Prof. Cheng, with 250,000 students of his system worldwide. This is a very exacting teaching known for its authentic reflection of the essential principles of Tai Chi as embodied in the Tai Chi Classics. Teaching in this system is unlike any other.
My teacher. I owe him everything. What he has given me is immeasurable. Study with him is a glimpse of China as it was. From him, I have learned there is only one way-the hard way.
Robert W. Smith,
my first teacher. First scholar in Chinese internal martial arts and author of numerous invaluable books, articles. Cheng's first American student in 1959.
Prof. Cheng Man-ch'ing.
1902-1975. My grandfather. Master of Five Excellences. Exemplar of Chinese culture. Robert Smith called him, "The most effeminate man I ever met, but the toughest." As a teen, I went four times to his NYC school, including the Sunday he left for the last time, but he never showed.
1886-1935. My great grandfather. Yang taught the Palace Guard in the Forbidden City. He enjoyed Beijing life a little too much. His uncle thought him inserious in his TCC studies, called him home, and locked him in a room for four years to sit on his butt if he chose, or to practice.
The uncle who guarded the Yang family lineage so closely. Son of Yang Lu-chan, who founded Yang family tai chi. This line of tai chi is now world famous and many modern styles have extended out of it.