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Schoon Laoshi's connection to the martial arts began through her mother who held a brown belt in judo.
JoAnna's martial arts training started at the age of 14 with judo and aikido from Ken Ota Sensei, in Goleta CA. In 1975, she began studying taijiquan under Nicolee Miller McMahon, then a senior student of Master Chiang Yun Chung of the Wen Wu School of Martial Arts in El Cerrito, CA (see photo below). Today, JoAnna returns to Master Chiang's school for classes and private lessons, and has received his permission to teach.


Schoon Laoshi has been teaching taiji since 1991.

Schoon Laoshi is an adjunct faculty member at Irvine Valley College, where she has been teaching classes for both the Emeritus Institute and Community Education since 1993.   Schoon Laoshi has taught taiji (tai chi), push hands, and sabre classes at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, as well as for employee wellness programs at several corporations in Orange County, including Advanced Sterilization, Fluor Daniel, Silicon Systems, and Baxter Healthcare. She has led taiji workshops for the Saddleback Community College District Staff, Yoga Arts in Huntington Beach, Taekwondo USA Family Center in Laguna Niguel, and Sei Shin Kan Martial Arts in Michigan.

In 2006, Schoon Laoshi began teaching Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong at Senior Centers in Irvine and Laguna Beach after completing a year long intensive Teacher Certification program under Master Hiu Liu, an indoor student of the late Grandmaster Yang Mei Jun.  Schoon Laoshi maintains her Qigong Teaching Ceritfication through annual re-certification with Master Liu.  

Schoon Laoshi also maintains her Taijiquan Teacher Certification through the Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Association.  JoAnna can be contacted by email at jschoon@ivc.edu or through the mail at PO Box 4801, Laguna Beach CA, 92652-4801


Although her forte is the Guang Ping Yang style of taijiquan, she has studied Yang Short Form, in the tradition of Professor Cheng Man Ching, from two senior students of Master Abraham Liu. Schoon Laoshi is also experienced in the interactive taiji practices of Push Hands (Tui Shou) and the Two-Person Sparring Set (San Shou). She learned the traditional Taiji Sabre (Dao) directly from Yang Zhen Duo, 4th generation Yang family descendant, and studied Taiji Sword (Jian) with Chris Luth, Pacific School of Tai Chi and Master William C.C. Chen.  She learned an excerpt from the Shaolin Staff, including a two-person Staff set, from Master Tony Ho.  Schoon Laoshi also learned a Chinese Fan Boxing set called the 8 Immortal Fan from Diane Hoxmeier Rabinowitz.

In October 2001, Schoon Laoshr received two First Place medals in Guang Ping Yang form and Yang style Broadsword at the USA Wushu Kungfu Federation National Tournament. In 1992 and 1993, she placed among the top three in several events of the Northwest T'ai Chi Ch'uan Association's Exhibition at UC Riverside.

She is a Charter Member and National Advisor to the Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Association. Since its inception, Schoon Laoshi has been a promoter of World T'ai Chi and Qigong Day, and has organized the local area event for six years to promote tai chi and chi kung to the public.
JoAnna Gee Schoon's shifu: Y.C. Chiang
Master Chiang Yun-Chung was born in 1922 in Hebei Province, China. He began learning Shaolin Praying Mantis and weapons at the age of 12. By the age of 18 he was at Sung Shan, the largest of the Shaolin monasteries. Later, he studied under Buddhist monk Chi Kuang Fa-shih, who had thoroughly studied Taoism, Zen Buddhism, and Mi Buddhism, and combined all three schools in his teachings.

At 28, Master Chiang became a student of Kuo Lien-Ying, learning Taijiquan, Shaolin, Hsingiquan, Baguaquan, and weapons. He also studied for seven years with Wang Chih-Chien, who perfected his Taiji, Hsingi, Bagua, and Praying Mantis. It was from Master Wang that he learned slow, medium and fast Taiji, and various kinds of Push Hands. At 42 he began to learn "Ru He Chuan," northern style White Crane from Fukien China. His teacher was Master Chen Kai Shan, the seventh generation in a direct line of White Crane masters descending from the Shaolin Temple. Master Chiang learned both internal and external aspects of White Crane Boxing, including secrets rarely taught even to advanced students.


In addition to his martial arts, Master Chiang is renown for his expertise in other Chinese arts,
including Chinese brush painting, calligraphy, seal-stone carving, traditional Chinese medicine, herbology and acupuncture. His artwork has been internationally exhibited and has received many awards. He is one of only a few remaining doctors of Chinese medicine who possess the level of skill and knowledge that he has. Master Chiang has treated and cured many conditions and health problems in patients who were unsuccessfully treated by western medicine.

Master Chiang came to the United States in the early 1970's, where he founded the Wen Wu School of Martial Arts and the Chung Hua Clinic of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in El Cerrito, CA. Master Chiang taught many students through the Wen Wu School, many of whom are now teachers themselves. Although the year 2000 marked Master Chiang's official retirement from teaching martial arts and practicing medicine, he continues his painting and calligraphy.

You can visit the website for the Wen Wu School at www.wenwuschool.com
The way of Tai Chi arises from Yin and Yang
Yin and Yang are simply "Opening" and "Closing"
When practicing the form
We must clearly know "Empty" and "Full"
Then coordinate "Empty" and "Full" with "Opening" and "Closing"

Space and time merge into one
Mind, chi, body: three become one
In time, if you follow this way
You will find the wonder of Tai Chi


---Master Y.C. Chiang


JoAnna's first taijiquan teacher, Nicolee Miller McMahon, with Master Y.C. Chiang in July 2003.  Reunited after 30 years, former student and teacher enjoy a moment together.