Jim Burniche

jim_largeJim was introduced to Chinese internal arts as a young man seeking help with some chronic health issues that were difficult to diagnose. A qigong class was recommended, and in hindsight this class may have been little more than arm waving and high expectations. But, it succeeded in lighting the fire of curiosity, and Jim became very interested in the history and large body of knowledge behind these arts and their relationship to Chinese medical theory.

He travelled, seeking high quality instruction, until focusing on Shaolin Wahnam Qigong and Yang Style Taijiquan (Tai Chi). Following his teachers’ advice to “practice Tai Chi as a martial art, even if seeking the health benefits”, Jim not only felt better, but grew to like the martial aspects that are often glossed over or omitted.

Several years later, Jim was exposed to Jiulong Baguazhang at a weekend seminar while visiting a friend in NYC. In truth, Baguazhang wasn’t even on his radar. But, he immediately recognized and appreciated the practical, common sense and often entertaining way Dr. John Painter presented his art. These explanations cut through much of the esoteric and potentially confusing information often found in internal arts, and this resonated with Jim.

He made the decision to work with Jiulong Baguazhang for a year, as a long distance student, and see what it could do. That was over a decade ago, and he hasn’t looked back.

While he appreciates the excellent knowledge freely given from his previous teachers, Jim is happy to concentrate solely on Jiulong Baguazhang, and hopes to share this unique and rewarding art with you, too.