Shigong Dr John Painter

Head Instructor at Headquarters in Arlington Texas

John Painter the head teacher of The Gompa began his training as a young boy in Chinese and internal martial and healing arts with master Li, Long-dao of Sichuan province. He studied with the master from 1957 to 1969.
From there he went on to study Chinese medicine, massage and acupressure with Dr. Pao, Sun-Lung of Hong Kong and Tibetan yoga and meditation with Lama Trangu Rinpoche. He attended Texas Tech University majoring in psychology and theater arts. Dr. Painter holds a Ph.D. in Naturopathic medicine is listed in Who’s Who in the Chinese Martial Arts. Master, Founders and Leaders of the Chinese Martial Arts and was elected to the Texas Martial Arts Hall of Fame and was twice elected to the Inside Kung Fu Magazine Hall of Fame.

Dr. Painter has appeared in feature films and on many martial arts magazine covers. He is the author of hundreds of articles on Chinese medicine, healing principles and the internal martial arts.

Dr. Painter has also been heavily involved in medical and scientific research involving the study of Qi, (Ch’i) life force energy, through work with the Life Sciences Qi Research Institute. He has received awards from NASA and other science organizations for his work.

A Captain in the American Rangers Law Enforcement Martial Training Institute Dr. Painter is considered one of the world’s foremost experts in practical, hand to hand combat training. His private client list includes members of the Israeli military combat training corp., FBI, DEA, US Army Rangers, US Army Special Forces, and US Marine Military Police officers.

“Dr. Painter is one of the most awesome martial artists I have ever interviewed or photographed. He makes it look so easy!”
– Dave Cater, Editor, Inside Kung Fu Magazine


Hoy Young


Hoy started his journey at the school in Toronto Canada in 2008 and fell in love with the direct and no-nonsense approach to self-defense.
In 2016 as a study group leader in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area. All of our instructors undergo continued education.