Shifu Daoqiquan

John P. Painter, PhD, ND

John Painter doing Baguazhang

The Jiulong Baguazhang™ family of practitioners is rapidly growing around the world. From a tiny beginning in a small Chinese village, this obscure family style has grown into an organization with an international cadre of instructors and students. Presently there have been over 4,000 students introduced to the Li family methods. Home Base in the United States for the system is located in Arlington, Texas at the Gompa Study Center. Study group programs are also operated around the world with new instructors in training.

The individual instructors listed here are all highly educated people, both academically as well as in martial arts and areas of holistic health. Most of the Study Group Leaders (JBSGL) are highly skilled martial artists in their own right, many are Shifu’s and instructors in other disciplines. All are rigorously tested and must complete five or more years of study with Shifu Painter before being considered as a JBSGL in their home area. Under each study group leader’s name will be the level he or she is certified to teach. These will be updated as the instructor moves through the system. Please contact any of the individuals listed here for class times and information on studying Jiulong Baguazhang™ in your area.

For seminar or workshop information with Dr. Painter or to locate a teacher near you, contact for free information on programs and instructor training.

Shifu Yancy Orchard

Yancy Orchard began training in various martial arts in 1983. He first encountered Dr. John Painter and Jiulong Baguazhang in an article in Inside Kung Fu Magazine. Several years later, in 1994, he moved to Dallas, TX to study chiropractic at the Parker College of Chiropractic. He then sought out Dr. Painter’s school, at the time called The Wholistic Fitness Center, and dove in, whole-heartedly, to the most comprehensive mind-body martial program he’d ever come across.

Today Dr. Yancy Orchard is a certified Shifu or Li family internal arts of Jiulong Baguazhang, Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, Tibetan Snake Boxing and Tibetan Blue Heron. He is also certified in traditional and modern weapons based on the Li family Daoqiquan system. Shifu Orchard is the direct lineage holder of Li family arts inherited from his Shifu, Dr. John Painter and he has been chosen to carry the arts into the future as the major lineage holder, after Shifu Painter has retired.

Shifu Orchard is the founder and owner of Orchard Kung Fu in Saskatoon Skatchequan, teaching Martial Arts, Health and Vitality programs and private lessons at the Orchard Kung Fu Xin Fu Gompa. He is also available for workshops around the world. He is recognized internationally as a highly skilled instructor of Jiulong Baguazhang. Well-known for his uncompromising technical ability and clear and penetrating teaching style, Shifu. Orchard helps each student toward what they need individually both martially and with regards to health and vitality.

Shifu Orchard’s role is that of one of the few living custodians of the Li family Daoqiquan arts. As such, staying true to the vast knowledge contained in the traditional methods is crucial; this requires constant investigation, testing and study of a vast corpus of traditional materials. At the same time, elucidating murky and obscure ancient knowledge with improved scientific understanding and modern metaphors helps students understand and manifest the material more effectively. Finally, the only way to pay back the priceless gift preserved in the arts of Daoqiquan is to work to create highly skilled, living practitioners of these arts. As such, Shifu Yancy Orchard teaches from his heart, holding nothing back. There are no secrets in his classroom. The knowledge takes root in every diligent student’s bones and is made manifest in the expression of his or her own heart throughout the student’s life.

He can be reached at his website

Gompa Shifus

Alan Marshall   Robert Castaldo
Waterxingyi Marshall   Robert Castaldo doing Baguzhang

Here are the current accredited locations authorized to teach the Nine Dragon Baguazhang, “Rolling the Pearl”

Arlington, TXJiulong BaguazhangDr. John Painter
Raleigh-Durham, NCRaleigh-Durham BaguazhangJim Burniche, Bronwen Nishikawa
Saskatoon, CanadaOrchard Kung FuDr. Yancy Orchard
London, EnglandJiulong LondonRey Bowen
Ottawa, CanadaOttawa BaguazhangSandra Troster Diaz
Spring Lake, MNWhite Dragon Healing ArtsSteve Bialon
Sydney, Australia Baerg Martial ArtsBrett Baerg 
Nashua, NHGranite Dragon ArtsBobb Maio
Boston, MABoston Baguazhang Bill Oparowski
Peekskill, NYHudson Valley Jiulong BaguazhangJim Crookson