North American Tang Shou Tao

Sylas Navar

NAME:   Sylas Navar

LOCATION:    Burlington, VT


  • Shen Long Xingyiquan (Certified Instructor)
  • Liang Zhenpu Baguazhang (Certified Instructor)
  • Gao Yisheng Baguazhang
  • Wu-Hao Taijiquan
  • Liuhebafa
  • Song Shirong Xingyiquan
  • Kajukenbo 4th degree


Martial Arts:
I began studying Gongfu in 1991. I have been teaching Gongfu since 1995. In 2001 I started learning Gao baguazhang within NATSTA. In 2004 I moved to Tucson, AZ to study Shen Long Xingyiquan, Liang Zhenpu and Gao Baguazhang, Liuhebafa, and Kajukenbo with Vince Black L.Ac. Currently practicing and teaching in Burlington Vermont.

My formal education was at the Heartwood Institute in Northern California. I graduated in 1998 from the 780 hour Advanced Massage Therapist program. For the past ten years I have been practicing massage therapy in Chinese medicine clinics, massage clinics, chiropractic offices, hot spring resorts, and health clubs, while also maintaining my own private practice. In 2003, I returned to Heartwood as a teacher for the deep tissue program. I decided to leave Heartwood to pursue an opportunity to study with the founder of the North American Tang Shou Tao Association at his clinic, Four Winds Health Center in Tucson, Arizona. I studied there for a year and a half, focusing on Jin Shou Tuina™ therapy and Upledger Institute CranioSacral Therapy, the two most influential modalities in my current practice. During my time in Tucson I also assisted with tuina instruction at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Currently practicing in Portland, Oregon.


Phone: (802) 881-7186

Sylas Navar