About Bradley
Instructor of Tai Chi Denver

Meet Sifu Bradley Ryan:

I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for Tai Chi I can tell you I don't have silk robes, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a Sifu for people like you. If you'd rather do Tae Bo, go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you want authentic Tai Chi (Taijiquan), you have looked for it, you have found me, and I will teach you.

  • Fifty years of ongoing study in traditional and modern martial arts.
  • Over Thirty-Six Years teaching experience.
  • Black belts in Japanese Shotokan and Okinawan Shorin Ryu Seibukan Karate.
  • Certified instructor in Filipino Martial Arts.
  • Proficient in dozens of weapons, both classical and modern.
  • Skilled in specialized techniques (including animal styles, ground and wall fighting, combat strategies, etc.)
  • Founder of the FMSD system (Familiar Movement Self Defense).
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Martial Arts, third edition, 1987.
  • Author of Karate: Crash Course, 1991.
  • Instructor and Instructor Trainer for Young Champions Karate, 1998-2007.
  • Taijiquan, Qigong, and push-hands instructor.

Personal tournament records for Tai Chi:

  • June 2015 gold medal Tai Chi 42 form, gold medal Tai Chi broadsword, silver metal push hands.
  • June 2014 gold medal Tai Chi 32 form, gold medal Tai Chi broadsword, gold metal push hands.
  • June 2013 gold medal Tai Chi 32 form, gold medal Tai Chi straight sword, silver metal push hands.

It doesn't matter if I'm teaching modern self-defense or a classical martial art, realism is of the utmost importance to me. I originally got into the martial arts for self defense, and as such, keep it real regardless of the system I teach or practice.

I've made the martial arts a lifelong study, starting at the age of four in 1972. My studies have included many Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Indonesian, European, Brazilian, and American martial art systems. After all of these years of training, I have specialized in a few different areas.

In the summer of 1991, I published my own book as a reference guide for a course I was teaching through Colorado Free University. I am currently working on a new book based on the many lessons I have learned in all these years of training.

I strive to dispel the myths and misconceptions associated with martial arts and deliver the truth in an easy to understand method.

See also my personal website about taking private lessons and other information.

Bradley Ryan
Bradley Ryan


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