Instructor - Dan Kimball, MC, LPC

Dan Kimball is a Certified Instructor of Yang Style Tai Chi. Dan studied under Grandmaster Sifu Franklin Wood for over 9 years, learning Taoist philosophy, Tai Chi, and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu. 

As a licensed professional counselor and recovery coach, Dan promotes tai chi as a “meditation in motion” that provides relaxation, healing and wellness as a mindfulness practice.  



2009 Anthem Activity Guide Featuring Sifu Franklin Wood's Kung Fu Class.

My Journey


Back in 2008 I was working out at the Anthem Community Center when I saw Sifu Franklin Wood teaching tai chi down on the basketball court. As he did everyday, he was dressed in traditional kung fu clothing, with a mala around his neck, so he really stood out, and I was very curious about his classes. 

I joined the School of Tao Chi and practiced kung fu and tai chi every week, learning the forms, weapons and the fighting arts, while helping other students in the class.  We entered many local tournaments, and eventually to the nationals in Las Vegas. We always came home with several trophies, as everyone was very dedicated.

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The Endless Journey

Tao Sifu provided me the inspiration, motivation, training, supervision and guidance I needed to continue the tai chi classes in Anthem.

Since 2016, I have furthered my kung fu and tai chi  training at the 9 Dragons Kung Fu Academy.

Current Ranks
Purple Belt - 4th Stripe in Southern Style Kung Fu
under Master Trainer Sifu Michael Kaneen.

Purple Belt - Certified Instructor Training Program
(Tai Chi/Qigong Internal Martial Arts)
under Master Trainer Simu Tamara Kaneen.

Phoenix Chinese Cultural Festival

Competing at the 2019 Phoenix Tai Chi Tournament.