Tao Jia Instructors
Tao Jia Kung Fu
Head Instructor: Christopher Lomas
Chris started off training in Karate and Jujitsu. At aged 15 he began the study of Southern Shaolin under a teacher in Manchester Chinatown. Seeing the intelligent blending of strikes, locks, throws and kicks alongside the deeper trans-formative ‘skills’ trained in Kung Fu inspired him and spurred him on to learn more about the Chinese arts (a multitude of different styles often refered to a Kung Fu in the West).
As soon as Chris was old enough he travelled the world looking for the best instruction from the most skilled individuals. He met many of the big names in Kung Fu both in Europe and Asia as well as many lesser known folk masters. He learnt quickly that in Martial Arts a big reputation is often based more on marketing then skill. He also quickly learnt that race and geography had little to no baring on skill. For example despite having traditional introductions he found few skilled traditional masters in China (due in part to the turmoil of the cultural revolution). In fact their often seems to be a reverse correlation between class size and the teachers level of skill - the combination of no simple answers, no promises of short cuts and hard training quickly dissuades the majority of people from training.
During these years Chris cross trained in many martial arts including Thai Boxing, Western Fencing, Boxing and Jeet Kune Do, but below is an outline of those teachers he feels influence him the most and those whose arts he achieved instructor status.
At Nineteen Chris travelled to California to train under Sifu James McNeil, head of the Nine Little Heaven Temple style retreat in California. Sifu McNeil is a lineage holder in XingYiQuan, BaguaZhang, TaijiQuan, Jian Shou and Xiao Jiao Tien. Under Sifu McNeil’s tutelage he also began an intensive study of the above arts alongside Taoist healing, Iron Hand, Iron Body and Qigong. Chris was still at university but spent his holidays studying full time at the school in California.
Lineage Representative (Sifu) of Lions Roar Tibetan Kung Fu under Steve Richards
Lineage Representative (Sifu) of Chan-Wai Pai Shaolin Buddha Family Tiger-Crane Hung under Steve Richards
Black Sash level in Yiliquan (combined HsingYi, Northern Shaolin, BaguaZhang and Taijiquan) Under Philip Star
3rd Degree Black Sash Xingyquan under Sifu McNei
Black Sash Splashing Hands under Sifu McNeil
Chen Taijiquan Instructor under Sifu McNeil
Capoeira Instructor under Adam Barker
Practice Master Southern Quan Shan Taoism under Yu Jin Li
Level 2 Wrestling Coach with British Wrestling Association, helps coach under Roy Wood
Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) under the British Yoga Association
Whilst at university he was also concurrently training the Afro-Brazilian art of Capoeria under Adam Barker – Adam is an incredibly talented Capoerista (of both Regional and Angola styles), an unsung pioneer of the art's development in the UK, who Chris hugely appreciates as a teacher and a friend.
After University he went back to the Little Nine Heaven temple to study in greater detail, continuing to study with Sifu McNeil for over 15 years and becoming one of his most highly ranked students with instructor status in the arts he taught. However within the association seemed to be a sense that both cross training in other disciplines and training with resistance were frowned upon leading to an arrogance regarding the arts superiority to other methods and false confidence regarding self-defence ability which ultimately lead to Chris lessening his involvement within the association.
Feeling in need of comparative study he came into contact with Martial Arts Author Sifu Philip Starr – a lineage holder in Cheng BaguaZhang, Northern Shaolin (BaiXingQuan), Yang TaiJiQuan and XingYiQuan. His fifty year study of the Martial Arts had been refined into a system he named YiliQuan. Chris went to stay in his home (at the time in Nebraska, Omaha) and Sifu Starr visited Chris on several occasions awarding him a Black Sash in his method and asking him to be his British Representative. Sifu Starr instilled in Chris a new understanding of the depth and the devastating potential of the ‘basics’. He also greatly enhanced his understanding of XingYiQuan and BaguaZhang. Both training with Sifu Starr and reading his books are strongly recommended.
Chris also trained with YuJinLi – a lineage holder in QuanZhen (complete reality) Taoist practices under Wang Chiao Peng. He opened up for Chris a profound understanding of the martial monk’s path (Wu Dao), and the dual shamanistic roots of Taoist alchemy and Yoga (YuJiaGong) as the basis for vitality and clarity. Chris experience great liberation from YuJinLi’s teaching for which he is eternally grateful. Those totally committed to fully awakening their inherent power are recommended to contact him.
Over a decade ago Chris discovered that he lived less then an hour from Sifu Steve Richards – lineage holder in the rare Tibetan art of Si Ji Hao (Lions Roar!). Si Ji Hao is truly unique and an amazing art (both from a martial perspective and as tantric/yogic method of transcendence) which Sifu Richards has refined and honed over 50 years practice.
Sifu Richards was the first westerner to be excepted by the Liverpool Ching Wu Association in the early 70s, he is also a Lineage holder in Hung Gar, Wing Chun, Northern Shaolin Fut Gar and Southern Mantis. Sifu Richard's background in Psychotherapy and ‘on the job’ experience of being a policeman in the 70s-80s in Liverpool enabled him to bring a wealth analytical and practical skill to his practices. After so many years searching there is perhaps a zen like irony that Chris main teacher lives ‘down the road’ from him. Chris feels highly honoured to learn under such a teacher and the Tibetan Lions Roar alongside other forms Sifu Richard's teaches now form the ‘backbone’ of the schools approach.
For the last few years Chis has been lucky enough to learn Catch as Catch Can (Lancashire) wrestling, alongside Freestyle wrestling, at its home at the Snakepit Wigan under famed coach Roy Wood, student of the famed Billy Riley and coach at the internationally renowned Snakepit which Billy founded. As a level 2 Wrestling Coach he is also honoured to help coach the next generation there under Roy's guidance. Chris is also the currently the Super Heavyweight Catch Wrestling World Champion having won the belt in November 2019. The comparative study has yielded profound results in raising Chris's understanding of traditional forms.
Chris has also released popular instructional DVDs on Iron Hand, Iron Body, Splashing Hands, Qigong and Northern Shaolin. He has written articles for international martial arts magazines and given seminars in martial arts, Taoism and qigong both in England and internationally. He has written articles on Mindfulness for Journals and has developed mindfulness components which have been integrated into university courses. He is a registered Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) with the Yoga Association UK. He also offers online instruction in Martial Arts, Qigong and inner development for distance students at www.ironpalmproductions.com. Professionally Chris works as a Psychotherapist with a speciality in Psycho-Physiology.
List of Qualified Instructors under Christopher Lomas: