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Tom Bisio – Biography

Tom BisioTom Bisio has taught martial arts since 1979 and is a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. He started his private practice in traditional Chinese medicine in 1990. Today Tom heads a busy clinic in New York City, specializing in trauma, Chinese sports medicine, and orthopedic conditions, where a steady stream of apprentices and observers come to learn Chinese medicine.

Founder of New York Internal Arts ( and Internal Arts International ( which teach and promote the Chinese Internal Arts of Ba Gua Zhang and Xing Yi Quan and their connections to both Chinese medicine and the healing arts, Tom is also co-founder of Zheng Gu Tui Na (ZGTN).

Tom Bisio began training in the martial arts at age 14. In 1984, Tom apprenticed in Chinese medicine and the internal styles of Chinese martial arts with Vince Black, and went on to apprentice with Chinese herbalists and experts in acupuncture, Qi Gong, Tui Na and Zheng Gu methods. Tom made numerous trips to China and South East Asia where he studied both medicine and martial arts with many different masters including his current teachers: Gao Ji Wu and Zhao Da Yuan (Ba Gua Zhang) and Song Zhi Yong (Xing Yi Quan).

Tom is the author of the popular book, A Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth: How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warriors (Simon and Schuster) and co-author with Frank Butler on Zheng Gu Tui Na : A Chinese Medical Massage Textbook. Tom collaborated with Gao Ji Wu to write The Essentials of Ba Gua Zhang (2007) and The Attacking Hands of Ba Gua Zhang (2010). More recently, Tom produced a 3-volume DVD set on Ba Gua and the books Strategy and Change: An Examination of Military Strategy, the I Ching and Ba Gua Zhang; Nei Gong The Authentic Classic: A Translation of the Nei Gong Zhen ChuanBa Gua Circle Walking Nei Gong: The Meridian Opening Palms of Ba Gua Zhang; and the Ba Gua Nei Gong Series Volumes 1-6.

Martial arts instructors Tom has trained with over the years:

  • Scott Russell – Isshin Kempo
  • Leo T. Gaje – Pekiti Tirsia Kali
  • Filemon Canete – Old Style Doce Pares (San Miguel Eskrima)
  • Dr. Vincent Black – Kajukenbo
  • Adriano Emperado – Kajukenbo
  • Dr. Vincent Black – Tang Shou Tao Xing Yi, Liang Chen Pu Ba Gua Zhang, Jiang Rong Qiao, Yang Style Tai Ji Chuan, Tui Na & Bonesetting
  • Xu Hong Ji – Tang Shou Tao Xing Yi
  • Wang Shi Tong – Liang Chen Pu Ba Gua Zhang
  • Zhang Hua Sen – Liang Chen Pu Ba Gua Zhang
  • Gao Ji Wu – Gao Family Ba Gua
  • Zhao Da Yuan – Liang Chen Pu Ba Gua Zhang, Qin Na
  • Li Gui Chang – Shanxi Xing Yi
  • Song Zhi Yong – Shanxi Xing Yi
  • Fu Shu Yun – Li Cun Yi Xing Yi & Sun Lu Tang Ba Gua Zhang
  • Lian Ke Quan – Li Cun Yi Xing Yi
  • Liu Wan Fu – Xing Yi & Ba Gua Zhang
  • Wong Shu Sheng – Gao Yi Sheng Ba Gua Zhang
  • Ge Guo Liang – Gao Yi Sheng Ba Gua Zhang
  • Liu Shu Hang – Gao Yi Sheng Ba Gua Zhang

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