Sensei Dong Tran
Sensei Tran began studying martial arts at age 15 in Vietnam. In the summer of 1966, he joined General Choi Hong Hi's Oh Do Kwan.
In 1971, while attending college in Indiana, he received his shodan in Shito-ryu karate in the Seishinkai (under Shogo Kuniba sensei) from sensei Rudy Crosswell and Terry Stanton.
He transitioned to Goju-ryu in 1976, studying under sensei Roger Wehrhahn. Subsequently, he joined the IOGKF under sensei Morio Higaonna and Teruo Chinen.
Later, in 1984, he began his study of Muso Shinden-ryu Iaido with sensei Takeshi Mitsuzuka, and, in 1986, he took up Yamanni-ryu kobujutsu under sensei Toshihiro Oshiro.
In 2005, he resigned from Jundokan International and joined the Goju-ryu International Karate Kobudo Federation (GIKKF) in the lineage of Seko Higa, under sensei Eiki Kurashita.
Today, the Asian Arts Center (Tobukan) is the U.S. branch of the GIKKF and sensei Tran serves as its U.S. Representative.
Dr. Robert Ante
As a member of the late Grand-Master Cheng Man-ch'ing's first class in New York City, Dr. Robert Ante studied T'ai Chi Ch'uan in the lineage of authentic practitioners. After years of extensive training, he taught classes from 1965-1971 under the direction of Grand-Master Cheng.
Following Grand-Master Cheng's death in 1975, Dr. Ante became the only student receiving personal advanced instruction from the succeeding Grand-Master, Hsiao Chu-ming in Taiwan.
Dr. Ante continues his practice of T'ai Chi Ch'uan today, serving as an active member of the international community. He holds a number of positions, including Member-Consultant, Council for Planning and Development of T'ai Chi Ch'uan (R.O.C.) He also serves as the Eastern North American Representative to the International T'ai Chi Ch'uan Association (R.O.C.) and is the Branch Head of the International T'ai Chi Ch'uan Association.
Outside of the Republic of China, Dr. Ante is the sole individual authorized to issue International T'ai Chi Ch'uan Certificates of Accomplishment.
Dr. Ante received his Ph.D. in Asian Studies from Columbia University and is fluent in spoken and written Chinese.