GORDON FAULKNER
Director

Gordon's interest in Chinese culture started in the early 1960's but he did not begin training in the martial arts until 1968 and in 1972 aligned himself with the Daoist based school known as Chanquanshu which incorporates theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine and philosophy, as well as the combat features.

Continuous research and study lead him deeper into the Daoist Arts. This research included his first trip to China in 1990, and studying with the creator of the International Healing Tao Association, Master Mantak Chia, in New York. The latter resulted in qualifying him as a teacher of the Healing Tao, and later still, a Co-Director of the European Instructors Association .

Along the way he also became accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a member of the Society for Anglo-Chinese Understanding. And, during his career in the Royal Air Force, was one of the founders and General Secretary of the RAF Martial Arts Federation, a post he held until his retirement from military service in 1993 when he became a full time Daoist Arts teacher.

In early 1994 he began to study the Daoyin Yangsheng Gong system of Medical Qigong with Professor Zhang Guangde from the Beijing University of Physical Education. This involved several more visits to China culminating with becoming one of the first Westerners to be qualified as a Senior Judge certified by the China Daoyin Yangsheng Gong Association and the China Wushu Society. Later, in 1999, he became Ru Shi Di Zi (usally called a closed-door disciple).

On the medical side Gordon is a practitioner and teacher of Qigong Therapy and Chinese Therapeutic Massage.

At present Gordon is President of Scotland & Wales Daoyin Yangsheng Gong Association and Principal Instructor of the Chanquanshu School of Daoist Arts.


ARCHIE MCALLAN
Senior Instructor Morayshire


Archie’s first introduction to martial arts came from an elder brother eager to demonstrate his new found martial skills in Taekwondo. After seeing his brothers progress he decided to follow his brothers footsteps and joined a local Taekwondo school in Elgin under the instruction of Mr Sandy Dunnbar in 1987.

Archie had an interest in meditation and the search for spiritual growth but could not find a teacher, and books on the subject were contradictory and misleading.

In 1993 Archie was introduced to Mr Gordon Faulkner and the Chanquanshu school. His immediate interest was in the Quanshu, but within a few months of training he had developed an interest in the Taiji and had realised he had found his teacher for meditation and spiritual development as well.

Archie became an instructor for the Chanquanshu school in 1998 and then a Senoir Instructor in 2002.

Also in 2002 he became a Level 1 Practitioner in Chinese Theraputic Massage.


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MARCO FRANCHI

Marco first started training in martial arts at the age of  seven in Shotokan Karate until he was fourteen years old, then he slowly grew disinterested due to the lack of  depth of the art being taught to him.

Marco regained an interest in martial arts again when he was 21, but was searching for something a bit more challenging.

In  the year 2000 Marco was introduced to the Chanquanshu School Of Daoist Arts by a friend of his family.

Marco became a level 1  Quanshu instructor in 2005, and then qualified to teach level 1, 24 step taiji in 2012.