Kevin Holthaus started at a young age in external martial arts, has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and studied a variety of fighting styles. After graduating from St.John's College studying classics of the west, he was also very interested in Eastern philosophy. In 1992, Sifu Tsou came to the U.S. with a program for professional instructors and Kevin immediately joined. He found a master (Sifu Tsou)with a comprehensive package of the highest level martial arts, scholarship, medical healing, and deep philosophy. Since then, Kevin has taught Internal Arts, Tai Chi and BaGua under Sifu Tsou's guidance. In 1994, Kevin and his wife, Lydia Ossorgin, started an independent school for grades 6-12 in Anchorage, Alaska called the Atheneum School. Sifu Tsou and Kevin created the "Great Learning Program" (internal practice) for the students and faculty and built it into the first hour each day for the whole school to practice together. Kevin also has taught graduate level classes for teachers doing Socratic seminars, philosophy, and Internal Arts. He and Sifu Tsou also travel to do workshops and introductions to the practice of Internal Arts. Kevin is extremely grateful for Sifu Tsou's teaching and guidance, and feels fortunate to have benefitted so much from everyday practice in the internal arts.
Sifu Quintsai Rong Zhou was born in the Da Dao Cheng District of Taipei Taiwan. This Old historic District was famous for its medical arts and herbs. Sifu Zhou grew up in a family of medical doctors mixing herbal formulas at a very early age. This District also housed some of the top level teachers and officials gathered in Taipei by Chang Kai Chek (1950′s) after the Cultural Revolution in China threatened their survival there. Sifu Zhou was born into this lineage of great teachers and began studying internal martial arts and top level culture with extreme enthusiasm. He became so adept that at the age of 16, he was invited to Japan to perform for the Imperial Palace. He taught in the Hong Family School heading the District and representing Taiwan internationally. He flourished in this rich area of serious practitioners of Eastern medicine, internal and external Martial Arts, deep cultural traditions, Buddhism, Daoism, Zen, and some Western medicine and philosophy.
As he grew older, he became a doctor himself and continued serious studies, becoming world renowned for his martial abilities, his diagnosis and healing (especially nervous system disorders, stroke etc.), and for his understanding of the classic texts of Daoism by Lao Tzu, Confucius, Mencius, Li Po, and others. Sifu Zhou achieved deep levels by practiceand study, constantly applying theory to practice and testing the herbs, acupuncture, movements, or ideas himself so that he could teach through his own rich experience. He is one of a very few in the world who have a comprehensive understanding in all these areas combined. He moved to Japan and taught for nine years at the top levels of society while continuing his healing. From Japan, he moved to the United States in 1992 living with his wife’s family in San Francisco. In 1993 he started a professional teaching program through which he met Kevin Holthaus and Lydia Ossorgin.