Shifu Thomas

A Positive Part of a Rapidly Changing World
As a teacher, community advocate, and ambassador for self-improvement through Chinese martial arts, Shifu Thomas stands as an example to his students. Shifu Thomas has competed in national and international martial arts tournaments and has won numerous championships and awards, as have many of his students. At Thomas Academy of Tai Chi Kung Fu, Shifu Thomas teaches a wide variety of forms of interest to students of any age and skill level.


Shifu Thomas is honored to have been selected as the 7th generation disciple of Grand Master Chen Shu Dao, a 6th generation Wu Hao Tai Chi practitioner and the son of Great Grand Master Chen Gu An, the only Wu Hao grandmaster officially recognized by the Chinese government.

Shifu Thomas is also the 6th generation, "first foreigner" disciple under the renowned 5th generation Yang Style Grandmaster Meng Xian Min.

Each Grandmaster has provided Shifu Thomas with a wealth of his respective style's history, philosophy, martial arts applications, and empty hand and weapons forms.

Our School

Thomas Academy of Tai Chi | Kung Fu is dedicated to educating and informing the public about the nature and benefits of Chinese Martial Arts.

We are dedicated to teaching only the highest quality traditional styles of Tai Chi Chuan, Baguazhang, Xing Yi Quan, Push Hands, Northern and Southern styles of Shaolin Kung Fu, traditional Chinese weapons, and self-defense to all ages.

In addition to our regular classes, we offer specialty workshops, which are focused, in-depth training sessions that include Meditative Qigong, Weapons, and Push Hands. It is important to note that we are the only school in America that offers instruction in Vintage Xingtai Wu Hao Tai Chi Staff. Please feel free to browse around or contact us. We're glad you're here!

Private Lessons

Accelerate your Training!

Why should you choose Private Classes?

  • You decide the level and pace for training.
  • Classes are arranged to meet your schedule.
  • Option of deciding what program to train in.
  • Individualized programs to meet your specific needs.
  • Receive individual, one-on-one training.
  • Group Classes optional.
  • Private Class Discount Packages Available!

    6 Private Classes for $550, That's like getting 1 lesson free!

    Or, get 12 Private Classes for $1100! That's like getting 2 free lessons!


    Shifu Thomas $110/hour
    Student Instructors $55/hour

    Our Styles

    Tai Chi Chuan, Baguazhang, Xing Yi Quan, Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Push Hands

    Authentic Chinese Martial Arts

    The Chinese government recognizes the late Grandmaster Chen Gu An, and his son, Grandmaster Chen Shu Dao, as official representatives of Wu Hao Tai Chi Chuan.

    Shifu Thomas is a seventh generation closed door disciple in Wu Hao, under Grandmaster Chen Shu Dao, of Xingtai, Hebei, China. Our Xing Yi and Bagua also come from Grandmaster Chen Shu Dao.

    Shifu Thomas is also the 6th generation, "first foreigner" disciple under the renowned 5th generation Yang Style Grandmaster Meng Xian Min, of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

    Shifu Thomas makes regular, return trips to China to study with his teachers, striving to perfect the arts, as well as adding new, more advanced material.

    Kids' Kung Fu

    Learn while having fun!

    Kung Fu is a form of Chinese Martial Arts using movements that can be fast, fluid, and powerful. Patterned from nature, the art of Kung Fu reflects nature's speed and force, combined with grace and harmony.

    Thomas Academy offers material from both the Northern and Southern styles of Kung Fu. Some of our Kung Fu weapons practice includes staff, broad sword, straight sword, spear, fan, nunchaku, and much more. This ancient martial art is fun, healthful, and practical in its use for self defense.

    Kung Fu can be described as "Power Disguised in Elegance," and can be enjoyed by all ages and fitness levels. Come join the fun!

    China Trips

    Group China Trips

    Thomas Academy of Tai Chi Kung Fu has been fortunate in taking regular group trips to China. Our trips serve as wonderful cultural experiences and Tai Chi pilgrimages. You will see more of the real China than one can imagine. Our trips are designed for the Tai Chi practitioner, as well as for the entire family's vacation. Anyone may join us on our "trip of a lifetime" journeys!

    Chinese Culture

    Facilitating Cultural Exchange

    China- America Tai Chi International

    The following excerpt is from a speech given by Shifu Thomas, Wednesday, October 9th, 2003 at the ceremony honoring the members of the newly founded China-America Tai Chi International Association.


    It is a special honor to be here in China. For certain, we live in interesting times... . There has never been a better time in history for the promotion of understanding, peace, friendship, and health... . I love the richness of the Chinese culture and the warmth and friendliness of her people. I look forward to future visits to China and for you to come and experience America.

    With our newly formed relationship, my desire is to help encourage and educate a better understanding of our two countries' cultures. I would hope to play a part in the ongoing efforts toward peace, acceptance, and tolerance. Importantly, I will continue to motivate others to experience the practice of Tai Chi in philosophy, fitness, and health.

    Thank you.

    Rick Thomas

    Class Schedule

    Feel free to drop by and say hello!

    Come join us!

    Thomas Academy offers daytime, evening, and weekend group classes to accommodate everyone's schedule. Private lessons and personal training with Shifu Thomas are also available for those wanting one-on-one instruction.

    Join us for Kung Fu!

    Choose from:

    • Monday 6:00pm - 6:55pm
    • Wednesday 6:00pm - 6:55pm
    • Saturday 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    • New Sparring Class!
      Saturday 4:10pm - 5:00pm

    Join us for Tai Chi!

    Choose from:

    • Monday 7:00pm - 7:55pm
    • Tuesday 6:00pm - 6:55pm
    • Wednesday 7:00pm - 7:55pm
    • Thursday 6:00pm - 6:55pm
    • Saturday 1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Get your feet wet, with one class each week for $55 per month!

    Now, $75 per month for two classes each week!

    $85 per month for three classes each week!

    Mix and match, or take them all (unlimited tai chi chuan and kung fu) for $95 per month!

    One time sign up fee of $55. No contracts! Gift packages available.

    Sharing the Art

    Bring Tai Chi to your Community!

    Thomas Academy will bring Tai Chi to your community, church, business, or other organization! We will come to you and teach an 8 week Tai Chi course (within 60 miles radius of Tulsa).

    You will receive hands on training in Tai Chi. The cost is $1200 per eight week class, with a minimum of 10 students. Maximum class size is only limited by the space available. (If you have 20 students, the total cost is the same, so it's only $60 per person!) Special group packages are also available, and are ideal for Employee Wellness Benefit Programs!

    Shifu Thomas also offers special prices for demonstrations, presentations and seminars.

    For more information contact Shifu Rick Thomas at


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    5970R East 31st Street
    Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135
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