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Aug 20, 2020 |

Ryan Comandich

Ryan Comandich Ryan has a BA in Sociology / Anthropology, with music and art minors, where he focused on music and arts of different cultures. He has a second BA and MA in Spanish language and literature. Ryan teaches Spanish, Tai Chi, and has taught guitar and Javanese Gamelan music. He has taught since 2011 at elementary, high school, college and adult levels. In terms of Tai Chi, Ryan earned a black belt in 2003 from the US Wushu Center, studying under Yu Shaowen and Gao Jiamin. In 2011 he lived in Taiwan for a year, teaching English and studying Tai Chi intensively with the Kaohsiung Wushu Association. In 2014 Ryan created a simplified Chen style form for beginners, as well as converted 2 Wushu staff forms and a Tang Dynasty sword form into tai chi forms. He returned to Taiwan in 2018 to study with top push hands teachers Zhang Shujin and Zheng Qingbin (students of the legendary Chen Manqing). He has studied with top lineage-holders of Chen style Tai Chi, including at grandmaster Feng Zhiquiang’s school in Beijing, with his daughter Feng Xiufeng, with Li Zhangren in Tainan and with Chen Xiang from Beijing. Ryan joined NW Academy as the Tai Chi instructor in 2020.

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