Richard Leirer is one of the most experienced and accomplished Qigong teachers in the US. He has been a serious student and practitioner of the internal arts for over 50 years. He is considered by many to be one of the few American Qigong Masters.
Richard has been actively involved in the promotion of Tai Chi & Qigong in the United States. With 50 years of cultivation Richard has devoted his life to promoint Tai Chi and Qigong. He was the founding vice president of the National Qigong Association (NQA
). He was chairman of the standards committee of the NQA and created a consensus of national standards in Qigong.
- Richard began his training in 1972 with the American Kung Fu and Karate Federation with Kun Tao Master Guy Savelli.
In 1983, Savelli was recruited by Col. Nick Rowe to train U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers in his techniques at Fort Bragg. Among Savelli’s students were hand-to-hand combat instructors for the U.S. Army Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) program. Savelli was further engaged as a hand-to-hand combat instructor for Special Operations units in the early 2000s. His experiences are detailed in Ronson’s 2004 book The Men Who Stare at Goats.
Savelli was a research subject at Duke University, the Psychical Research Institute, and the Mind Science Foundation
in San Antonio, Texas. Positive results of his work have been published in Research in Parapsychology
the Journal of Parapsychology
as well as by the Parapsychology Department of JFK University
. Savelli has also authored an introductory text on the Spiritual, Mental, and Physical Teachings of Chinese Kung-Fu
2. Accepted as a student with Master Huang, Tzeng-yu,
Richard began his training with Master Huang in 1976. Richard was invited to teach after 10 years of training.
Grand Master Wu Jian Quan (Wu Chien-ch’üan) 1870–1942
108 Form to Wei Xiao Tang 1901 – 1985
to Huang,Tzeng Yu (Tom) 1933-2009
to Richard Leirer
- Grand Master Hu Wei-Yue
Master Hu Wei-Yue was born in Shanghai in 1925. He began he martial arts career as a young child and eventual he began studying under Master Hua Chun-rong, a former chieftain of the imperial governor’s guards before 1949. Master Hu then trained under Bai Bing-ru, who studied Yang style Tai Chi with Master Ye Da-mi and Yang Cheng-fu himself. Master Hu studied Sun style Xing-yi and Bagua with Sun Cun-zhou, Sun Lu-tang’s son. With this intensive research, training and practice, Master Hu learned all three styles.
Richard learned all three styles from Master Hu Wei Yue.
- Hao Tien You
As a young man, he began traditional Qigong training with Martial Arts Master Zhu Guo Zhen, and later refined techniques with Buddha Master Li Yuan.
As a Professor of Engineering at Beijing University of Science and Technology, he learned from and supported a young man who exhibited great Qigong abilities, Grand Master Zhong, Hong Bao .This master demonstrated his extraordinary abilities many times in China and later in the US. See: Palmer, David A. (2007). The Rise of Zhang Hongbao. Qigong fever: body, science, and utopia in China. pp. 146–150. ISBN 9780231511704.
Currently Master Hao is privileged to be guided by a woman centenarian, Grand Master Huong, who lives as a recluse in China. In 1988, Master Hao arrived in America where he began the task of spreading Qigong knowledge to Americans.
Richard was one of Master Hao’s first students in the USA in 1988 and received special training and Qi Induction. Richard was Certified to Teach Taoist Inner Tao Arts Cultivation Methods.
- Master Zhu Wei from Tien Tai Mountain.
Richard studied in China, and was certified as an instructor of Wu Ji Qigong by the late Master Zhu Wei from Tien Tai Mountain.
Richard was one of the first to create programs in Qigong Tai Chi Therapy for pain management and surgery rehabilitation for the world famous Cleveland Clinic.
Richards research programs for the VA Hospitals for Vets with PTSD showed the effectiveness of Qigong and Tai Chi as a leading stress reducer. The active attention needed to perform Qigong and Tai Chi helped the client move the thoughts away from the stressor and onto the movements at hand. The movements increase stress relief chemicals like serotonin and dopamine, creating a calmer and more relaxed individual.
Richard also has participated in qi energy projection onto patients during active surgery. Clients receiving the Medical Qigong Treatment had less blood loss, faster recovery time and less use of pain medication then average.
Richard is considered a leader in the complementary and alternative medical field and has worked his whole life to create healing programs for those in need.