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John P. Painter Ph.D. ND.
John P. Painter is head instructor of The Gompa center of Chinese and Tibetan Health and Martial arts located in Arlington Texas. The Gompa center www.thegompa.com specializes in training students in the Li family internal martial and health arts including Taijiquan, Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, Tibetan Snake Boxing, Tibetan Blue Heron Boxing, traditional Chinese martial weapons, Acupressure, Meditation, Qigong and Daoist yoga.
Dr. Painter began his training as a young boy in Chinese and internal martial and healing arts with master Li of Sichuan province. He studied with the master from 1957 to 1969. From there he went on to study Chinese medicine, massage and acupressure with Dr. Pao, Sun-Lung of Hong Kong and Tibetan yoga and meditation with Lama Trangu Rinpoche. He attended Texas Tech University majoring in psychology and theater arts.
Dr. Painter holds a Ph.D. in Naturopathic medicine is listed in Who's Who in the Chinese Martial Arts. Master, Founders and Leaders of the Chinese Martial Arts and was elected to the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame and was twice elected to the Inside Kung Fu Magazine Hall of Fame.
ENTERTAINER, ESCAPE ARTIST AND ACTOR
John Painter worked his way through college in the 1960's as a professional magician and escape artist performing in night clubs and trade shows. After college he worked as an entertainer in nightclubs and live theatre in the Dallas area. During the 1970's he traveled the club circuit around the United States and also appeared at the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. In 1971 he was hired, as a personal bodyguard by a well know Dallas designer who operated factories along the Mexican border.
As an actor in college and later in Dallas Texas John appeared in a number of feature films, with small parts in Midnight Cowboy, Benji, For the love of Benji, Take down and Learning Curve. He also served as a technical advisor and martial stunt coordinator for motion pictures, television and stage productions.
FIRST CHINESE KUNG FU SCHOOL IN TEXAS
In 1972 Dr. Painter opened the first Chinese Martial arts instructional center in Texas. Today it is the oldest continuously operating Chinese martial arts school in the state. Shortly after that he began writing for Inside Kung Fu magazine and other martial arts publications. Over the years he has appeared on numerous Inside Kung Fu covers. He has authored hundreds of articles on Chinese medicine, healing principles and the internal martial arts and produced a series of instructional video (DVD) on Chinese internal martial arts. John was also an advisor to the US Chinese Martial Arts Council, North American Chinese Martial Arts Association, also served for five years as an international trainer and judge for internal martial arts competitions.
As a Naturopathic PhD he has also been heavily involved in medical and scientific research involving the study of Qi, (Ch'i) life force energy, through work with the Life Sciences Qi Research Institute and has received recognition from NASA and other science organizations for his work. Dr. Painter is presently working with well know researchers on methods to enhance healing as well as physical strength and speed through visualization techniques. His new program called Yi Xin Gong or mind intention attitude skills will be published soon.
LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINER
In 1990 Dr. Painter with a group of law enforcement officers founded the American Rangers Martial Law Enforcement Institute and in 1992 after the Rodney King incident in California he appeared on the popular television program, the Phil Donahue show to discuss the deplorable level of police training in the United States. Today the American Ranges is dedicated to training police trainers in high level defensive tactics.
Dr. Painter now a Captain in the American Rangers is considered to be one of the world's foremost experts in practical hand to hand combat training for police, corrections and security personnel. He currently trains professional police tactical trainers and consultants throughout the United States in all methods of defensive tactics from hand to hand to firearms and edged weapons combat. His personal private client list includes members who are themselves instructors of the Israeli military, FBI, DEA, US Army Rangers, US Army Special Forces, and US Marine Military Police officers.
Contact John P. Painter at Thegompa@aol.com or visit him on the web