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Dr. Jay Dunbar, (Ph.D., Education) is the founder and director of the Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School (, based in Chapel Hill NC.

He began Yi Jing, taijiquan, and qigong study in 1975, and in 1978 became a disciple of Master Jou, Tsung Hwa, who would be his primary teacher for the next 20 years. He assisted Master Jou in writing the Dao Series of books, several articles, and edited the Tai Chi Farm "Almanac" for several years. In honor of his teacher, he created the 100-Day Program in 1999 to help participants make personal progress through applying Taiji principles in daily life; and in 2001 he established the Jou, Tsung Hwa Memorial Dantian Challenge and designed and produced the bronze medallions which are awarded free to those who meet the challenge criteria.

His doctorate is from UNC-Chapel Hill, where his dissertation, Let A Hundred Flowers Bloom! A Profile of Taijiquan Instruction in America, interpreted data collected by survey from over 200 Taijiquan teachers. A summary of his research was published in QI: The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health and Fitness in 1995 (vol. 5, no. 2).

Dr. Jay served as technical editor of Tai Chi for Dummies (Hungry Minds, 2001) and contributed the foreword to Exploring Tai Chi, by John Loupos (YMAA, 2003). He authored a landmark article Research Shows Need for Knee Safety in T'AI CHI magazine (August 1992), and a follow-up article, The Four Treasures: an Exercise for Knee Safety and Ease of Movement in Taijiquan, soon to appear in the same magazine.

In 1981, he founded the T'ai Chi Exchange, one of the first attempts to promote sharing among players from all schools and styles, and served as editor of it's newsletter, Changes, for six years. Dr. Jay has taught seminars in many U.S locations as well as in the U.K. and France, including the New York Open Center, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and as a faculty member of the American Dance Festival. In North Carolina he is a practicing Qigong Therapist, and maintains a full-time schedule of classes and seminars in Wu/Hao and Chen styles of Taijiquan and various forms of qigong at the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, the UNC Wellness Center, the integrative medicine program at the UNC Medical School, the Integrative Health Center of Chapel Hill, the Rice Diet Program, the Duke Diet and Fitness Center, Triangle Yoga, three local retirement communities, a dance studio, and in employee wellness programs. With his wife, Kathleen Cusick, he has team-taught over fifty traditional two-person set (san shou) intensives.

He is a lifetime member of the U.S. Kuo Shu Federation, serves on their Board of Advisors and Hall of Fame Committee, and as Director of Taijiquan and judging certification instructor at the annual U.S.K.S.F. Championships in Hunt Valley, MD. Since 1989 he has served as judge, chief judge, and push-hands referee for several tournaments including the Taiji Legacy, U.S.A.W.K.F., A.T.O.C., and the U.S. National Martial Arts Competition in Orlando. Most recently, Dr. Jay was selected as a guest presenter on knee safety at the 2009 International Taijiquan Symposium in Nashville, TN.

He is a long-time supporter and friend of the Peaceful Wolf School, bringing numerous programs to us in Connecticut over the past decade ranging from san shou (with Kathleen Cusick), the five animals and shiba luohan qigong to sword, taiji ball, push-hands and the teachings of Master Jou.


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