Richard's relationship with Taiji and Qigong began in 1979 with John Nielson.  He inhaled the lessons in the Taiji solo form, push hands and applications sets, and dove deeply into the philosophy, history and development of Taijiquan and Qigong.

Over the past 30 years, Richard has studied with such Masters as:

  • 11th generation Chen Style Grand Master, Chen Zhen Lei.
  • Master Chen Hsiao Hsin, Principal Instructor of the Chen Style of Taijiquan in Chen Village, China
  • Chen Bing, national Chen style Push Hands champion of Hunan province, China.
  • Fred Whiting of the Canadian National Wushu team.
  • Master Xu Gong Wei, Nanjing University Martial Arts coach.
  • Richard currently studies under Master Wang Tsai Chan.

Richard has received certification as a Taiji instructor from world-renowned Taiji Master, Jesse Tsao, who is dedicated to preserving the art worldwide.

Richard's passion for and understanding of Taiji and Qigong continues to grow and evolve. As a cultural translator, Richard would like to share his experience and understanding so others might discover the benefits and joy of these healing and martial arts in an open, education focused, safe and fun environment.
Richard Lautsch is the founder of Tian Yo Health and Fitness and is a certified instructor
in a number of both western and eastern exercise systems.
Richard Lautsch
Richard discovered that the founder of the Pilates system (Joseph Pilates) believed that, like in Taiji and Qigong, the mind and body must be fully brought into harmony to produce healthful results for the person. Pilates conditioning seeks to build flexibility, strength, endurance and coordination without bulking up the muscles.  Richard feels that Pilates nicely compliments his years of Taiji and Qigong work, offering further opportunites for meeting people's health and fitness goals.

For more information about Pilates, please use the Pilates link in the navigation bar above.
Richard is certified as an instructor in two suspension training systems:

1) TRX
2) Anti-Gravity Yoga