The Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School, located in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, USA, offers classes, workshops, private tutoring and teacher training in taijiquan (t'ai-chi ch'üan: a Chinese internal style martial art and exercise for relaxation, energy, and overall well-being), qigong (ch'i-kung: energy work), and related studies. Since 1979.
Dr. Jay Dunbar founder and director of the school, began Taijiquan studies in 1975 with Ruby Blaurock, a student of W.T.R. Chung, who was in turn a student of Kuo, Lien Ying, who brought the Guang Ping lineage to this country. In 1976 he traveled to San Francisco to study with Chung and Kuo, and met Henry Look, his primary Yiquan teacher, for the first time. In 1978 he began a discipleship with Jou, Tsung Hwa which was to span the next 20 years, until Master Jou''s tragic death in an automobile accident on August 3, 1998. Dr. Jay has also studied with Dr. John Painter, and taken workshops with many teachers, including Zhu, Tian Cai; Liang, Shouyu; Yang, Jwing Ming; Yang, Zhenduo; Shi, Zheng Zhong; Huang, Chien-Liang; Susanna DeRosa, and Sam Masich. He graduated summa cum laude from Colgate, received an M.A. in English Literature from Duke, and a Ph.D. in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1991, with a dissertation entitled "Let A Hundred Flowers Bloom: A Profile of Taijiquan Instruction in America".