Full Circle Synergy
500 Forest Avenue
Portland, Maine 04101
||IAN P. GAMBLE is the
principle instructor and founder of Full Circle Synergy.
He has been studying internal martial arts since 1983,
and teaching full time since 1994. Ian is dedicated to
celebrating the joy and mysteries of movement thru the
teaching and sharing of t’ai chi and Qigong. His
practice includes T’ai Chi as a form of meditation,
self-healing, and self-defense. His practice includes the
Yang Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan Short Form, I Ch’uan,
Tui Shou (Push Hands), T’ai Chi Sword Form, San Shou
(T’ai Chi Boxing), Kun Tao Silat, and healing Qigong.
Ian is a 1990 graduate of the Muskie School of Public Affairs.
His current and past teachers include: Don Ethan Miller, Ken
Cohen, Willem deThouars, Master William C.C. Chen, Maurice
Haltom, Gene Golden, Caroline Loupe, B.K. Frantzis, and
Master Duan Zhiliang.
||ANDREW P. T. BLOOM is the other primary
instructor at the school. He has been studying T'ai Chi
since 1991, and teaching on a regular basis since 1994. His
practice and experience essentially parallels Ians,
and includes Yang Style T'ai Chi Ch'uan Short Form, I Chuan,
Tui Shou (Push Hands), Tai Chi Sword Form, San Shou
(Tai Chi Boxing), and some Kun Tao Silat and healing
Qigong. Andrew is a 1993 graduate of the University
School of Law. His current and past teachers include: Don
Ethan Miller, Gene Golden, Willem deThouars, Master
C.C. Chen, and Master Duan Zhiliang.
||JASON AMES has been devoted to the study of T’ai
Chi and Qigong since 1996. Jason is the office manager at
FCS where he also is part of the teaching staff. His current
and past teachers include Ian Gamble, Andrew Bloom, Don Ethan
Miller, Willem deThouars, Kenneth Cohen, Linda Lehrhaupt,
Yang Yang, William C.C. Chen, Yun Xiang Tseng, and Master
Duan Zhi Liang.
||SUSAN CROMWELL L.Ac began
studying T’ai Chi Ch’uan in 1994 and has been
teaching since 1999. Her practice has included T’ai
Chi Ch’uan, Kun Tao Silat, Push hands, I Ch’uan,
and Soaring Crane qigong. Her teachers have included Gene
Golden, Ian Gamble, Andrew Bloom, Don Ethan Miller, Willem
De Thouars, Ken Cohen, Michael Hunter and Chan Zhang. Susan
is a licensed acupuncturist with a practice in Westbrook.
||ELMO MCKAY has been studying martial arts
since 1976 and Taiji since 1995. He holds the rank
of Shodan in Uechi Ryu Karate Do. A retired structural engineer
he now devotes his time to studying and teaching Taiji and
Qigong, and learning Mandarin. His great love is Taji
sword. He is grateful for the patience and wisdom of past
and present teachers – too many to name.
||ALEX WONG, has been studying T'ai Chi Chuan since 2000. His practice includes Yang Style Short Form, T'ai Chi Sword Form, Push Hands and Baguazhang. His teachers have included the staff and students at Full Circle, Don Ethan Miller, Ken Cohen, Willem De Thouars, Matthew Cohen, and Lenzie Williams.
||DAVID MOLTZ, first studied T'ai Chi Ch'uan in 1976, in the studio of Cheng Man Ching. He learned it again in 1997 and has been practicing since. His practice includes Yang style short form, T'ai Chi Sword and push hands. His teachers include Gene Golden, Ian Gamble, Don Ethan Miller, Kenneth Cohen, Linda Lerhaupt and William C.C. Chen. He has staffed Full Circle's Open Studio, and is very much enjoying teaching T'ai Chi Form.
"Some say that my teaching is nonsense. Others call it
lofty but impractical. But to those who have looked inside
themselves, this nonsense makes perfect sense. And to
those who put it into practice, this loftiness has roots
that go deep.
I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience,
compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple
in actions and in thoughts, you return to the source of
being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord
with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world."
Tao Te Ching, #67