David Chandler

Tai Chi

David Chandler is the founder and director of Eagle’s Quest Tai Chi Center. Born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho, David’s career in Tai Chi Chuan began in 1975 when he experienced his first Tai Chi class at the University of Utah with Bill Parkinson. As a college student looking for a way to manage his own sports-related back injury, David personally experienced the healing benefits of Tai Chi. His studies of Tai Chi continued on the east coast when he moved to New York City to pursue a career in theater and eventually began teaching Tai Chi to professional actors. In addition to being a Master Teacher of Tai Chi, David Chandler is a professional actor and fight choreographer. He teaches Tai Chi, Qigong, Stage Combat and Theater in the community, as well as high school and college classes throughout the state of Connecticut.

Awards and Honors

  • 2012: workshop presenter, CT Holistic Nurses Conference
  • 2011: workshop presenter, CT Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Annual Conference
  • 2009: poster presenter International Tai Chi Symposium, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • 2009: inducted USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Asian Martial Arts Studies in recognition of his mastery of Tai Chi Chuan
  • 2008: formally inducted into the Sun Style by Grandmaster Sun Yongtian in Beijing
  • Wushu Federation Symposium in Beijing, First Place winner
  • 2007: SURDNA grant recipient for private study with Grandmaster Sun Yongtian and Beijing Opera
  • 2005-present: workshop presenter, Master Jou Memorial Celebration Tai Chi Park Sussex, NJ


Author: Living Tai Chi (not yet published) Author: Overcoming Clumsiness (A Guide for Reclaiming Physical Dexterity) Author, Editor and Artist: Wings (quarterly Tai Chi publication) DVD: Ultimate Grace, Instructions on the Form, Nei Kung of the Form Audio tape: Tai Chi: The Inner Peace

Academic Education and Healing Arts Training (Concentration in Theater, Fine Arts, Integrative Health and Healing)

  • The Graduate Institute, Bethany, CT M.A. degree, Integrative Health and Healing, 2013
  • NADA Certified Acudetox Specialist 2012
  • Certified Hypnotist, National Guild of Hypnotists 2012
  • A. Charter Oak State College, New Britain, CT 2011
  • University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah; Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah; Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho (concentration in Theater)

 A delegate to the International Tai Chi Forum, Ontario, Canada 2006, David studied with the Grandmasters of each of the family styles: Grandmaster Wu Wenhan, Grandmaster Eddie Wu, Grandmaster Sun Yongtian, Grandmaster Zeng Nailang and Grandmaster Ma Hailong and Grandmaster Chen Zhenglei. While at the International Forum, the Eagle’s Quest Form, which was created by David, was judged by the Grandmasters. Based on his performance, David was personally invited to Beijing to study with Grandmaster Sun.

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