|Kinthissa was born in Burma in 1952. She studied
Far Eastern art and philosophy at Vassar and London, where she encountered
the Taiji Quan she had glimpsed as a child on her way to school. She was
then apprenticed for 10 years to Gerda Geddes who, inspired in Shanghai
in 1949 by the sight of anold man playing Taiji along the Yangtze estuary,
later studied with Master Choy Hawk Pang (student of Yang ChengFu), and
pioneered the teaching of Taiji Quan in England upon her return. From 1977
to 1989, Kinthissa taught Yang Style 108 Form, mainly in Londonand Basel.
She learned from Tew Bunnag the Beijing 24 Form and practised his method
of combining Taiji Quan with samadhi bhavana in the running of silent retreats.
Between 1982-89, she worked with students at the London Contemporary Dance
School to find ways for them to regenerate energy and maintain awareness
during strenuous training. In China, Kinthissa learntFlying Crane Qigong,
Sword Form, and the 48 Form. She teaches at her home in Lunigiana, in England
and in Iceland. Since 1995, Kinthissa has been studying intensively with
Chen Xiao Wang, the19th generation representative of the Chen family of
Chenjiagou, Henan Province, China. The profundity of Master Chen's Taiji
Quan and the clarity of his teaching have drawn to him serious practitioners
of the art from all over the world. Following his advice and under his
guidance, Kinthissa holds classes in the fundamentals of Taiji Quan and
the forms, including MasterChen's Chanssujin ("Reeling Silk") exercises
which are easy to learn and offer a lifetime's exploration, forging and
dredging the energetic pathways of the body.