Sifu Eric Tuttle is a master level level practitioner and teacher of many styles of Chinese martial arts as well as Qi Gong health systems related to those arts and other individual Qi Gong systems. He has been studying the Chinese arts for more than forty years. Sifu Eric is a lineage holder and the Canadian Representative in Canada of the following Chinese internal martial arts:
Six Harmony, Ten Animal Xin Yi Chuan
Six Harmony Ten Animal Xin Yi Chuan is the oldest known system of Xin Yi and is believed to be the original system from which all other styles of Xin Yi were developed. Eric is an indoor student of the late Grandmaster Yu Hua Long, who studied with Lu Song Gao and many other famous Xin Yi masters. He is head instructor of the Six Harmony, Ten Animal Research Association of Canada, and the highest ranked non-Chinese Xin Yi master in the history of the art.
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan
Chen Style Tai Chi Chuan is the original system of Tai Chi from which all other Tai Chi styles were developed. Eric is the top foreign student of Grandmaster Ma Hong (disciple of Chen Zhao Kui, the last great Chen master and son of Chen Fake who is widely recognized as the greatest Tai Chi master of the 20th century). Eric has studied Tai Chi for over 30 years and in the mid-90s he brought the Inner Family form of Chen Zhao Kui to Canada. Having also studied with other teachers of Chen Zhao Kui’s lineage, he is one of the few practitioners in the world who can perform all five of Chen Zhao Kui’s Tai Chi forms: 1st Form, 2nd Form (Cannon Fist), 108 Long Fist, 24 Short Fist, and 42 Fa Jin Set.
Eric has also studied other internal marital arts, including:
Bagua Zhang is an internal system based on walking the circle. Eric has studied various systems of Bagua including Cheng Style, Sun Style, Jiang Style, Fu Style, Yin Style, and Shi Style. He had also studied Xie Peiqi’s Bagua Chi Gong system. At present Eric mainly concentrates on the Yin Yu Zhang and Shi Styles of Bagua.
Liu Hu Ba Fa Chuan and Yi Chuan
Liu Hu Ba Fa Chuan and Yi Chuan are the youngest of the internal martial arts. Liu Hu Ba Fa Chuan was founded by Wu Yi Hui and Yi Chuan was founded by Wang Xiang Zhai, both in the early 20th century. Liu He Ba Fa is based partly on Six Harmony, Ten Animal Xin Yi. Its theory is also influenced by other styles of Chinese internal martial arts. Eric first learned the long form of this system from Tao Ping-Siang, direct disciple of the founder Wu. This form was more external than the later Shanghai versions of the styles. Eric later studied Hong Kong Style with Master Wai Lun Choi at Taste of China workshop in Virginia and also during his visit to Kingston Ontario, and with students of Shanghai Style Master Leung Tze Pang. He also studied and translated Wang Xiang Zhai’s and Han Xing Qauo’s Yi Chuan original standing postures with lineage student P. Chan. Yi Chuan is derived from Five Element Xing Yi (Hsing I).
Eric has also studied some Internal/External systems, including:
Lan Shou Men
Lan Shou Men is an internal martial art system of Shoalin that is direct and deadly. It has one of the best internal stretch of any martial art. Eric studied Lan Shou Men with Grandmaster Yu Xiao Long in Shanghai.
Eric trained in Gu Yu Zhang’s system of Northern Shaolin (Canton and Hong Kong Branch) with Master K. Chan. Eric was the first practitioner in Canada to learn all ten Northern Shaolin Empty Hand forms. At the same time he was also introduced to Wan Leisheng’s Natural Gate Boxing and the rare system, Shaolin Xin Yi Ba.
Non-Classical Sticky Hands
Non-Classical Sticky Hands was developed by Bruce Lee. Eric studied with Bruce Lee’s first student, Jesse Glover and with another of Bruce Lee’s students, Daniel Lee, JKD. He also cross-trained with master-level students of Dan Inosanto in Jeet Kun Do and Kali.