Tom Bisio

ZGTN Co-Founder

Tom Bisio has taught martial arts since 1979 and is a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. He started his private practice in traditional Chinese medicine in 1990. Today Tom heads a busy clinic in New York City, specializing in trauma, Chinese sports medicine, and orthopedic conditions, where a steady stream of apprentices and observers come to learn Chinese medicine.

Co-founder of Zheng Gu Tui Na (ZGTN), Tom is also founder of New York Internal Arts ( and Internal Arts International ( These organizations teach and promote the Chinese Internal Arts of Ba Gua Zhang and Xing Yi Quan and their connections to both Chinese medicine and the healing arts.

Tom Bisio began training in the martial arts at age 14. In 1984, Tom apprenticed in Chinese medicine and the internal styles of Chinese martial arts with Vince Black, and went on to apprentice with Chinese herbalists and experts in acupuncture, Qi Gong, Tui Na and Zheng Gu methods. Tom made numerous trips to China and South East Asia where he studied both medicine and martial arts with many different masters including his current teachers: Gao Ji Wu and Zhao Da Yuan (Ba Gua Zhang) and Song Zhi Yong (Xing Yi Quan).

Tom is the author of the popular book, A Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth: How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warriors (Simon and Schuster) and co-author with Frank Butler on Zheng Gu Tui Na : A Chinese Medical Massage Textbook. Tom collaborated with Gao Ji Wu to write The Essentials of Ba Gua Zhang (2007) and The Attacking Hands of Ba Gua Zhang (2010). More recently, Tom produced a 3-volume DVD set on Ba Gua and the books Strategy and Change: An Examination of Military Strategy, the I Ching and Ba Gua Zhang; Nei Gong The Authentic Classic: A Translation of the Nei Gong Zhen Chuan and Ba Gua Circle Walking Nei Gong: The Meridian Opening Palms of Ba Gua Zhang.

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