TCCII Executive Directors
The Traditional Chinese Culture Institute's Executive Directors are highly qualified, lineage-trained and certified. They are dedicated to teaching the best of Chinese Culture in a way that is relevant for today's modern students.
Mr. Shawn Cartwright, Executive Director of TCCII, is co-author of the guided meditation CD Touched by the Tao: Classical Chinese Meditation for Health and Healing, and author and demonstrator on the DVD Moving with the Tao: Qigong Exercises for Health and Harmony and Chen Tai Chi Chuan: Original Forms and Exercises. He is a certified instructor in Qigong, Chinese Internal Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan. Mr. Cartwright teaches authentic technique and application for health and realistic self-defense. He can clearly explain how to do the movements and the internal theory behind them. A practitioner of both the martial and healing arts, he teaches students how to apply internal training to both. His understanding of classical Chinese internal arts and western culture allows him to build a bridge between East and West. His many years of intensive training includes Qigong, Tai Chi, Xingyi, Bagua, Wing Chun, Fukien White Crane and Internal Alchemy. Mr. Cartwright earned his MBA and BS from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Yinong Chong, Executive Director of TCCII, is co-author of the guided meditation CD Touched by the Tao: Classical Chinese Meditation for Health and Healing, and an author of the book and DVD set: Dancing in the Tao: Connecting to Universal Energy to Transform Your Health and Life. She has over 10 years of professional experience in public health research, and is also a certified Qigong instructor. Dr. Chong teaches Qigong forms and concepts within a traditional Chinese cultural context that is relevant for today’s world. Her health science research expertise enables her to bridge the ancient teachings and modern science. Born and raised in China, her rare proficiency in Classical Chinese and ability to “speak English like a native” make her one of the top interpreters of Chinese esoteric studies and philosophy in the US or China. She has trained with several prominent TCM doctors and Taoist teachers from China. She has translated for or chaired Qigong sessions at the Whole Person Healing conference, SUNY’s Healing Arts Seminar at Stony Brook, and the University of Arizona’s Integrative Medicine Seminar. Dr. Chong earned her PhD in Sociology from the Arizona State University, her MA in Journalism from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and her BS in English Literature from Beijing University.
What Students are Saying about Yinong and Shawn
"I see you both living, breathing, loving examples of what you are teaching."
"Excellent class and two talented instructors. They made the class fun and always answered questions willingly."
"Yinong and Shawn compliment each other well in their knowledge and teaching styles. Excellent balance of yin and yang. Thanks so much!"
"Skillfully integrated theory and practice"
"Thank you for all the knowledge and inspiring me"
"I very much enjoyed the complimentary approach for Shawn and Yinong - both so present. The teachings were both serious and infused by each one's personality and humor."
"The experience was informative, experiential, and fun!"
"Both teachers not only have great expertise, but also have wonderful teaching methods."
"I greatly appreciated the very integrated knowledge of Yinong of Chinese thought and equally Shawn's knowledge with a western insight."
"Your dedication, love and expertise are palpable."
"Bring them back!"