Combining Ancient Wisdom with Modern Practices

  • Tai Chi Chuan

    body control and harmony
    Tai Chi Chuan


    We focus on Five areas in our Tai Chi Classes

    Tai Chi Chuan Fundamentals
    We focus on helping students memorize the Yang Style 24 form in detail. Students get individualized attention with details and fine tuning of their form. For that reason, these classes will be limited to 15 students per class.

    Tai Chi Chuan Martial Applications Class
    Everyone’s favorite and seldom-taught aspect of Tai Chi Chuan. Did you know that every Tai Chi Chuan move has a martial application? Learn the hidden meaning behind each of these movements. Learn how to apply these practical self defense moves to any situation. Learn how to develop your spatial awareness and timing. This class is an essential part and rarely taught aspect of your Tai Chi Chuan training.

    Intro to Tai Chi Chuan Push Hands
    This ancient practice is a sensitivity training exercise that increases our internal sensitivity while learning to be sensitive to the environment and to the intentions of your opponent.

    Advanced Tai Chi with Weapons Forms Class
    In our "All Levels" class we encourage students to move towards their next level. After you have become familiar with the Tai Chi Chuan movements it’s time learn the weapons forms. Weapons are simply an extension of our bodies and the basic hand form. By practicing weapons forms we learn how to develop and refine ourselves as Tai Chi Chuan practitioners. You will notice how your Tai Chi Chuan hand form (24 Form) gets even better. You will be introduced to and learn the Dao (Chinese Broad Sword), Tai Chi Sword (straight sword), and the rare Fan form. A bonus Kung Fu cane form may also be taught when students are ready.


    • Daniel Hoover, DC, LAc
      20 years experience
    • Jonathan Lin, DC, LAc
      5 years experience
    • Veronika Gilliland, LCSW
      4 years experience
    • Lisa Carpenter
      3 years experience


    • Yang Style Form 24
    • Individual attention
    • Work on fine tuning form
    • 15 students per class

    • Jonathan Lin, DC, LAc

      Jonathan Lin, DC, LAc

      Resident "martial arts nut."

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      Dr. Jonathan Lin’s martial arts education began when he was attending Cornell University. He learned the basics of western boxing, thai kickboxing, jujitsu, capoeira, filipino kali, taijiquan, qigong, lion dance, gymnastics – anything even remotely related to martial arts was fair game. He joined Cornell Wushu club early in his freshman year and developed a love for Chinese martial arts, which led him to train traditional Northern Shaolin kung fu in Taiwan. As his martial arts skills improved, Dr. Lin also developed a passion for understanding and maximizing how the body moves and functions.

      This passion led him to find Southern California University of Health Sciences, from which he received his Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and Doctorate of Chiropractic. It was also at this school that he
      met Dr. Daniel Hoover, and together they began intensive taijiquan push-hands practice with Master Young-Tsai Chu. To round out his practical and self-defense skills, Dr. Lin also began formal training with Dr. Hoover in Shaolin Kempo, and eventually worked his way up to blue belt. Today, Dr. Lin continues to train Taijiquan with Master Chu in El Monte, CA and contemporary Wushu and Taijiquan with Coach Matt Wong at OC Wushu Association in Irvine, CA.

      Dr. Jonathan Lin is proud to teach the Simplified 24 Taijiquan form under SOHMA. He strives to integrate the knowledge from his clinical background with his martial arts experience to combine the best of modern methods with old-school training, and hopes to express and inspire passion for Taijiquan with you all!


      • Tai Chi Chuan
      • Acupuncture
      • Oriental Medicine
      • Chiropractic


      • Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Candidate
      • Doctor of Chiropractic Candidate
    • Daniel Hoover, DC, CCSP (®), LAc, MH

      Daniel Hoover, DC, CCSP (®), LAc, MH

      Movement generates positive energy and harmony.

      Dr Hoover

      Dr. Daniel Hoover has a rare combination of skills that adds to the depth of knowledge that he passes onto his patients and students. He is a doctor of Chiropractic, a Certified Chiropractic Sports Pactitioner (®), Licensed Acupuncturist, Master Herbalist, 5th degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo, and the Chief Tai Chi Chuan instructor at the School of Healing Martial Arts™.

      In an effort to share a more comprehensive holistic approach to healing, Dr. Hoover founded the SOHMA Integrative Health Center™ located in Long Beach, California. He is passionate about patient centered care, research, and combing ancient wisdom with modern practices.

      After studying and teaching the martial arts for many years Dr. Hoover decided it was time to learn how to heal with his hands. He found it fascinating that many of the points used to strike an opponent are the same points used to treat injuries and illness with acupuncture. This understanding is what sparked his interest in the healing arts and further exploration into the concept of Yin and Yang and Tai Chi Chuan. Dr. Hoover first became a licensed massage therapist and worked for two doctors of Chiropractic. It was there he first witnessed the true power of natural healing through Chiropractic, Acupuncture, and massage therapy. He wanted to learn more. Dr. Hoover continued his education by studying herbs at the School of Natural Healing where he earned a Masters in Herbology.

      Dr. Hoover is very passionate about studying and teaching the martial arts and healing arts. He really enjoys playing beach volleyball, basketball, playing goal keeper in soccer, kayaking, snorkeling and going on hikes. Dr. Hoover also enjoys reading and gardening.


      • Chiropractic
      • Herbal Pharmacy
      • Acupuncture
      • Eastern Medicine
      • Rehabilitation
      • Tai Chi
      • Holistic Mental Health
      • Wellness For Life Programs


      • DC
      • MAOM
      • MH
      • Lead Instructor/Founder
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The Integrative Health Center produces Die Da Jiu (also known as Dit Dat Jow), an herbal liniment that follows the classic formula of the Chinese “Materia Medica.” It is handmade by Dr. Daniel Hoover, DC, LAc. Die Da Jiu incorporates warming and acrid herbs to improve blood circulation. The herbs are classically indicated for knitting tendons and sinews, and use tree resins that are traditionally used to decrease pain. Martial artists have been using this formula for centuries. It prevents and relieves the pain of local bruising, swelling, aches, strains, sprains caused by traumatic injury. Die Da Jiu is a perfect addition to your first aid kit or as a post-workout muscle and joint rub treatment. Use a few drops on the affected area and rub into the overlying skin until warm; repeat 3-4 times or as needed.

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