David met his first teacher Quincy Rabot while studying for his Master’s Degree in 1984. With Quincy he studied Tai Chi, Hsing Yi and Ba Gua, the three arts of the nei jia or internal school of Chinese martial arts, and Quincy continues to mentor him over twenty-five years later.
David has since developed his studies with several other internationally respected teachers – including Yang Jwing Ming, Peter Ralston, B. K. Frantzis, and Dr. Xie Pei Qi of Beijing. Since 1988, David has offered courses in colleges, health clubs, clinics and companies, as well as teaching and coaching his own students. David is an Advanced Level Instructor member of the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.
He is inspired by seeing the unfolding of his students’ natural potential in the practice of Tai Chi. This can bring enhanced health, martial and other skill, and in time leads to a sense of connection with the natural environment and the universal energies around us. Because of this, David has now given his Tai Chi work the name Ziran Bodymind Arts. Ziran is a Chinese word that expresses naturalness in being and moving, attained through the practice of the Chinese internal arts.