The North American Tang Shou Tao Association (NATSTA) was founded in September of 1990, by Vincent Black, a practitioner of martial arts since his early teens and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. NATSTA’s current president, appointed by Mr. Black in July of 2007, is Ethan Murchie.
NATSTA strives to research, preserve, and promote Traditional Chinese Medicine and Traditional Chinese Martial Arts. We currently have over 350 members, including 38 Instructors and 59 Assistant Instructors.
Our NATSTA certified Instructors currently teach xingyiquan, baguazhang, taijiquan, and liuhubafa. These are closely related internal Chinese martial arts and are often trained in conjunction with one another. Internal martial arts differ from external martial arts in that they focus on qi cultivation and help the body return to a natural state of balance; they also train the physical body and develop functional martial abilities.
The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) training within the Association consists of acupuncture theory and diagnosis, herbal medicine, tuina, and qigong. The Association enjoys the benefit of many professional Chinese medical practitioners who are highly skilled in TCM