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, Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, 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 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.
Tai Chi Chuan first caught Veronika Gilliland’s attention in high school when she read that Tai Chi helps promote harmony of the organs, internal strength, and peace of mind. In college Veronika took her first course in Tai Chi Chuan. Seven years later, she remembered that time as the most peaceful period in her life, inspiring her to return to Tai Chi Chuan. It was at this time that she met Master Daniel Hoover, founder of the School of Healing Martial Arts™ (SHMA), and has been practicing regularly for a year and a half. She immediately fell in love with Tai Chi Chuan and since has incorporated Tai Chi into almost every aspect of her life. Through Tai Chi Chuan Veronika has cultivated an internal awareness of her mental and body states, promoting the mind and body connection. With this new sense of awareness and connection, Veronika has been able to recover from stress and heal her body more easily.
Veronika now has a stronger sense of herself and renewed confidence in all aspects of her life. She is inspired to teach Tai Chi Chuan to support the development of self-knowledge and self-inquiry in those she works with. Veronika is a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and integrates her knowledge of mental health and mindful living with the philosophy of Tai Chi Chuan. Practicing Tai Chi Chuan has brought Veronika a new set of clinical skills in mental health, such as the benefit of gentle firmness, grounding techniques, pairing breathing with movement, yin/yang and mindful actions. Veronika’s commitment to the SHMA is driven by its unique focus on freeing up subtle energies of the body to heal and using the same techniques to protect oneself through its martial arts applications. Veronika’s involvement as a student and teacher in SHMA is inspired by the School’s dedication to reach as many people as possible by continually providing a free weekly class to the community. Fun Facts: Veronika eats mostly vegan, but loves pizza and cheese (so it’s hard to be 100% vegan!). In 2010 she moved to Lakewood/Long Beach from the Glendale area. She provides psychotherapy and is pursuing training in guided imagery, mind-body psychology, and different forms of yoga.
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!
Madoka Urhausen, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC, aka “Mado” is an established board certified Art Therapist, licensed marriage and family therapist, a writer of creative arts therapy practices, and an adjunct professor at the graduate school of Marital and Family Therapy at Loyola Marymount University. She has been a practitioner of Tai Chi Chuan for over 25 years primarily in Yang-style. She is also a licensed practitioner of traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and studies Buddhism and other Eastern meditational arts/philosophies. She is currently an instructor-in-training at SOHMA. Mado brings dynamic synergy of creative modalities with unique healing practices to assist people remove obstacles to achieving their personal goals. (Her specialty includes trauma-resolution that could enhance a person’s performance, coping skills, social/love life, pain management, and other domains of one’s life.)
For more info on her services see www.clearmirrorguidancecenter.com
That’s right. If you ask me how my love, fascination, and general wonder about Martial Arts started, I will tell you it was with the Charlie’s Angels TV show.
It was the late 70’s and my elementary school friend and I were deep in debate about who our favorite Angel was and why. For me, it was without a doubt, Kelly. Why? Because the Angel in the Martial Arts pose in the show’s logo is clearly Kelly (says my 7 year old self) and the notion that this woman could defend herself and take down the bad guys using only the power of her hands was truly magical to me. Imagine? To be able to use solely one’s physical self as defense AND weapon? Well, it was just AWESOME! From that point on, if “it” involved Martial Arts, I was interested in “it”! Be it corny or cool, I was interested.
In high school I practiced Shotokan Karate and Judo. I loved learning kicks and punches and the belief that I could do damage with those kicks and punches was very exciting. In Judo, an end of the year celebration for my club offered me another thrill. The coach shared with my mother that my friend and I, as the first and only girls to join the Judo club, made two guys from the club quit. They simply could not handle being taken down and ultimately held down by a girl! I was living the dream!
At some point, I witnessed Tai Chi being practiced in a San Francisco park and immediately fell in love. Unfortunately, it would be years before I would find a place to learn Tai Chi near my hometown of Long Beach.
I am grateful that my interest in Martial Arts has never faded and ultimately brought me to the School of Healing Martial Arts in 2012. I treasure the introduction to Tai Chi I received, as well as, the introduction and training in Shaolin Kempo. It has been great rekindling my love for kicks and punches!
I feel immensely fortunate for the people I have met and the knowledge I have gained. My Tai Chi practice started once a week and has now developed into a 6 days a week routine. My training with Master Tam has allowed me to learn more than I imagined Tai Chi had to offer. Who knew the fan was a weapon? So cool!
Aside from my love of Martial Arts, I also love the Visual Arts. I earned a degree in Fine Arts from CSULB and over the years I have acquired certificates in Interior Design, Green Design, and the like. I am excited to be able to blend these two interests at SOHMA through creative contributions and Tai Chi Instruction.
Zola Salena-Hawkins is apt to say if you ask her, that she didn’t discover Tai Chi Chuan in 1984, Tai Chi Chuan discovered her. At that time she did not totally appreciate the slow movements and/or their purpose, because she was into gymnastics and weight lifting. However, in 2003, exacerbated by a car accident she found (for her particular injuries) Tai Chi Chuan and acupuncture as an alternative to back surgery. She had the good fortune to learn of a Buddhist Temple where she could begin a formal study of Tai Chi with Master Tam.
Master Tam, a Vietnamese veteran of the Viet Nam war, was offering his Tai Chi, Dao, Tai Chi Sword, Tai Chi Fan and Shaolin Cane expertise to those students he decided to accept. While there she met the School of Healing Martial Arts founder, Daniel Hoover who also studied at that time with Master Tam. Daniel Hoover also proved to be a true friend and valuable health care provider in her road to recovery from the automobile accident. A major hospital’s department of physical therapy, Master Tam, Daniel Hoover and Dr. Mae enabled her to bypass her potentially crippling back/sciatic condition, and indeed, to progress to the point of being able to take a strong second place trophy performing 24 Yang-Tai Chi Dao in the 3rd Southern California Evergreen Cup Tai Chi Chuan Championship. This is quite a coup for someone who had only been involved in the Dao form for several years.
Zola brings a legalistic mind and a broad understanding of human nature to her Tai Chi experience, which helps her to learn/teach Tai Chi, under the auspices of the School of Healing Martial Arts much more effectively. She has taught Tai Chi and related martial arts, as a Mixed Martial Arts class at the 6th Street YMCA, and presently at the Fairfield Family YMCA. Through the School of Healing Martial Arts, she also is one of the teachers at Village Health Foundation in Los Angeles.
Zola Salena-Hawkins utilizes her photographic expertise to create book covers and other artistic endeavors. She savors life in all of its various flavors.
Odie Hawkins was introduced to Tai Chi Chuan in 1962, while stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia, by an Indonesian soldier named Fodran. Hawkins made the immediate discovery that practicing the Tai Chi (as taught by private Fodran) helped him deal with the stress of military life much better.
He was inspired to teach what he learned about Tai Chi when he recognized the teacher learns as he/she teaches, almost a natural equation. The School of Healing Martial Arts offered Hawkins the philosophical and ethical base he felt drawn to; consequently he became an ardent student/instructor.
Hawkins has been active in several martial arts over the past fifty years – boxing, Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira Regional/Angola and now Tai Chi Chuan. He has been a writer since he was eight years old. Today he has books, short stories, screen plays, radio scripts, television scripts, stage plays and recently a two-man performance with Tim Hutchinson to his credit.
He savors life in all of its flavors.
In appreciation of Master Tâm
To the most patient and selfless Tai Chi Chuan Teacher
Thank you for your dedication and kindness in giving us tai chi for over 10 years
Toi rat biet on Master Tâm
Master Tâm là môt vi thây rât nhân nai có thé quen chính minh dê day dô Tai Chi Chuan.
Chúng tôi rât cám on lõng nhân tu bác ái cua thây dã chi dân cho chúng tôi hon 10 nam nay.