Sifu Quintsai Rong Zhou was born in the Da Dao Cheng District of Taipei Taiwan. This Old historic District was famous for its medical arts and herbs. Sifu Zhou grew up in a family of medical doctors mixing herbal formulas at a very early age. This District also housed some of the top level teachers and officials gathered in Taipei by Chang Kai Chek (1950’s) after the Cultural Revolution in China threatened their survival there. Sifu Zhou was born into this lineage of great teachers and began studying internal martial arts and top level culture with extreme enthusiasm. He became so adept that at the age of 16, he was invited to Japan to perform for the Imperial Palace. He taught in the Hong Family School heading the District and representing Taiwan internationally. He flourished in this rich area of serious practitioners of Eastern medicine, internal and external Martial Arts, deep cultural traditions, Buddhism, Daoism, Zen, and some Western medicine and philosophy.
As he grew older, he became a doctor himself and continued serious studies, becoming world renowned for his martial abilities, his diagnosis and healing (especially nervous system disorders, stroke etc.), and for his understanding of the classic texts of Daoism by Lao Tzu, Confucius, Mencius, Li Po, and others. Sifu Zhou achieved deep levels by practice and study, constantly applying theory to practice and testing the herbs, acupuncture, movements, or ideas himself so that he could teach through his own rich experience. He is one of a very few in the world who have a comprehensive understanding in all these areas combined. He moved to Japan and taught for nine years at the top levels of society while continuing his healing. From Japan, he moved to the United States in 1992 living with his wife’s family in San Francisco. In 1993 he started a professional teaching program through which he met Kevin Holthaus and Lydia Ossorgin.
Sifu Tsou & Kevin Holthaus Together
We have been developing the Great Learning Program for middle and high school students at the Atheneum School in Anchorage for the past 14 years. Atheneum is a private independent secondary school featuring classic texts from around the world, music and fine arts, cutting edge sciences such as the Renewable Energies Program, The Great Learning Program of Internal Arts, and Socratic seminar discussions.
Since the Anchorage school provides a model for similar schools nationally, we have worked on expanding the Atheneum School to other areas such as the San Francisco Bay Area in California, and we are in the process of locating a suitable building site.
We continue to develop and plan a graduate level college called the College of Tao Science and still look forward to attaining funding for this school in order to complete these studies for people of all ages at the highest levels.