Shigong John Painter (left) pictured with Shizi John Trumbell (right)

Shigong and Founder of the Gompa

Dr. John Painter is one of the pioneers of Chinese internal martial arts in the United States. He has been learning and practicing Jiulong Baguazhang, Taijiquan and Xingyiquan from the Li family’s system as far back as 1953. Chinese martial arts were almost totally unknown. There were few, if any, books written on oriental martial arts of any kind in the United States when young John began training with his instructor Master Li, Longdao. …READ MORE

Instructor of Hamilton Bagua

John’s fascination with martial arts goes all the way back to his childhood. He started his martial art training in Judo at the age of 12, and this kept him learning for many years. In 1992 he moved to Hamilton and continued his explorations by entering training in Wing Chun Kung Fu. It was there that he encountered the world of the ‘internal” styles of martial arts and a few years later started learning more about Xing Yi, I Chuan and Baguazhang. Yet there was always something missing.

After several years of training and researching the varying styles of internal arts, he found it was Baguazhang that most captivated his interest. In 2004 he happened upon a Nine Dragon Baguazhang workshop hosted by the Toronto school. They brought the head teacher of that system,  Dr. John P. Painter to share some of his knowledge of the art. It was there, Mr. Trumbell found what he was missing. A complete internal martial that included real self-defense, philosophy, health and spiritual practice. In particular it was the use of the mind to activate one’s neural response system that captivated him.

Today John teaches classes in the Hamilton Ontario Nine Dragon Baguazhang School. He is a certified instructor and loves to share this life affirming art to all. In his quest to learn this art he has also received instruction in weapons training, Iron Palm and Qi Gong.