Meet The Partners

Dan Jones

Dan JonesDan Jones, from Holt, MI, has over 40 years experience as a martial arts practitioner including 30 years of Tai Chi Chuan and Won Chuen temple boxing and 12 years of combined experience in Japanese Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Wing Chun Kung Fu and Shorin Ryu Karate. Dan is a certified police officer and security professional with over 32 years combined experience in law enforcement, hostage negotiations, personal protection and security management. Founder of Moving Stillness and Master Trainer  (retired) with the Tai Chi for Health Institute, Dan is also a trained Healing Foods Culinary Instructor, Food and Wellness Educator and Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. In this capacity, he is the owner and founder of Balance and Harmony, a business that promotes healing and holistic health through food and wellness education and cooking classes. By combining his education and talents, he has developed a wellness program with a three phase approach to healing: food and wellness education, Tai Chi/Qigong, and health coaching services for support and motivation.

Maureen Miller

Maureen MillerMaureen Miller, from St. Marys, GA, has 20+ years experience practicing, teaching, and writing about Tai Chi. She found her early instructors in her workplace and, at the same time, realized that Tai Chi was more than just an exercise, but a way of life. Maureen’s 30 years of “real jobs” in computer technology, conferences services, teaching (both children and adults) have provided a strong background for her goal introducing others to Tai Chi through classes, workshops, and the Learning With the Principles retreat. Maureen is the sole proprietor of Camden Tai Chi www.camdentaichi.com, a Master Trainer (retired) with the Tai Chi for Health Institute, and a member of the American Tai Chi & Qigong Association and Tai Chi for Health Community. She collaborated for two years with Dr. Paul Lam to produce his revised copy of Teaching Tai Chi Effectively.

Betty Scanlon

Betty Scanlon

Betty Scanlon, from Fort Myers, FL, has been a nurse for over 40 years and a Nurse Practitioner for over 25 years.  She is a veteran, having retired from the US Air Force after serving at several US and overseas bases, as well as a deployment to the Middle East in response to a Naval incident prior to the Gulf War.  She has a Master’s Degree in Community Service and has been educating nurses for over 25 years. Betty is proprietor of Tai Chi for Better Health, a Master Trainer with the Tai Chi for Health Institute, and an active member of the Tai Chi for Health Community. She has been practicing and teaching tai chi for over 14 years and conducts regular workshops and classes with her trademark humor.  She thinks that tai chi is adult play and important for everyone, and her work in Pediatrics brings a unique perspective and colors her descriptions of movements. She writes poetry in the Dr. Seuss style, and has published her tai chi poem, Tai Chi and Me.

Mearl Thompson

Mearl Thompson

Mearl Thompson, from Denver, CO, has been practicing tai chi for 25+ years and martial arts for 34+ years. He is the founder of the Ancient Harmony Tai Chi Chuan School in Denver, CO, and a Master Trainer (retired) with the Tai Chi for Health Institute. Mearl studied Tai Chi under Sifu Kay Kutch of the Tong Family lineage, Kung Fu San Soo with Masters Bob Newmann and Jerry Meyer and Indonesian Silat Serak with Maha Guru Victor de Thouars.  In 1997, he became a Second-Degree Black Belt in Kung Fu San Soo. In 1994, he opened a Kung Fu San Soo school in St. Louis, MO. He continues his study of tui shou with Master Aaron Chih of Taiwan of Cheng Man Ching lineage and Sifu Mark Rasmus. Mearl teaches weekly classes including: Tai Chi for Arthritis, martial applications in the Yang Form, push-hands, self-defense for women, and a program introducing tai chi to individuals recovering from substance abuse.