Our approach to oriental martial arts flows out of its primary purpose of self defense. Observing that opponents and situations vary greatly, emphasis is given to recognition of opportunity to neutralize an attacker's strength and size by redirecting his movement and mass, and by taking advantage of common human weak points.
The forms and techniques taught are at once beautiful and effective for defending against an attacker, but beyond the techniques lies the art of adaptation to individual circumstances and motives. As with any skill, practice of these oriental martial arts will bring both mastery and confidence, and will become a trusted benefit to the diligent student.
|Founder, President, and Head Master Instructor|
|7th Generation Yang Style Instructor||杨氏太极拳第七代传人|
|5th Degree Black belt in Shorinryu Karate||小林流空手道黑带五段|
|5th Degree Black belt in Okinawa Kobudo (Weapons)||冲绳古武道黑带五段|
|5th Degree Black belt in Keijutsukai Aikido||警术会合气道黑带五段|
Dr. Zhichao Ling started learning Taiji (Tai Chi), Xingyi in his college years when he was in Beijing at Peking University （北京大学）majoring in nuclear physics. Over the years, he continued his studies at Yang style Taiji, Chen style Taiji, Taiji push hands, Taiji Qin Na (seizing and controlling), Taiji sword, and Taiji applications. He became the 7th generation Yang style instructor under shifu Huang Dongying （黄东英）, and grand master Fu Shengyuan （傅声远）China Wushu 9th Dan, President of world Yongnian Yang Style Taiji Association.
Dr. Ling also trained at C.W. Taekwondo when he was working on his Ph. D. thesis in high energy physics at State University of New York and Cornell University at Ithaca, NY for a few years. He trained at Renshi Rouku Dan Donnie Michael Karate and Kyoshi Hachi Dan Eddie Bethea Kokomo School of Self-Defense when he came to Kokomo, Indiana, working for Delphi and Indiana University Kokomo, with a 4th degree black belt in Okinawa Kobudo Kokusairengokai, and 5th degree black belt in Shorinryu Shorinkan Karate. He trained at Keijutsukai Aikido with sensei Bandy, attained Renshi Go Dan, 5th degree black belt. Dr. Ling has been an excellent instructor in Taiji, Karate, Kobodo and Aikido at Ling’s Taiji School of Kokomo, Delphi Ling’s Taiji Group, Donnie Michael Karate and Eddie Bethea Kokomo School of Self-Defense.
Dr. Ling has been active in Professional Karate Commission (PKC) state tournaments, both as a judge and a competitor. He received PKC National Champions Award in Kata and Weapons and PKC Region II Champions Award in 2012-2013, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016. In 2014 he became a Hall of Fame member and received Molum Combat Arts Honor Society Yap Suk Dai Ji Award.
Among the students, Taiji and Aikido black belt and brown belt students include Sharon Ling, Eric Meissnest, Jeremy Howard, Mikel Fulk, Liam Renish, Mike Dealh, Ken Gardner, Jack Aviles and Zoem Aviles, etc. Karate and Kobudo black belt students include Sharon Ling, also taught and helped Dr. Lesko, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Hendershot achieved their Kobudo black belts. He was invited by Kyoshi Bethea as Taiji instructor at his 2014 Midwest-Okinawa Connection Karate Camp in Indianapolis, Indiana, and received strong positive feedbacks.
Dr. Ling has been active in Professional Karate Commission (PKC) sponsored state karate tournaments, both as judge and as competitor. He received PKC National Champions Award in Kata and Weapons and PKC Region II Champions Award for 2012 – 2013.
Dr. Ling believes the oriental martial arts are closely related and can be integrated and harmonized. Ling’s Oriental Martial Arts offers outstanding instructions on:
Dr. Ling believes all the students are equal and unique. They deserve individual attention and instruction while maintaining unified general requirements and standards. Those hard working students who attend class regularly, pay attention to and follow instructions should be awarded with honor recognitions. Their achievements in turn will be a life time benefit and reward to themselves. Ling’s Oriental martial Arts provides a respectful and friendly environment for kids, adults and family to enjoy the oriental martial arts learning journey and understand the culture background, increase self-confidence and self-discipline, get the peaceful mind and build the strong body. Let us get started right here and enjoy the great journey all together!
Shifu Ling has a heart for teaching the martial arts. If you are near his Dojo, train with him. You will be a better & stronger person for it.
-- Michael Fulk - August, 2014
Congratulations,to Mr.Ling on his new Dojo! I wish him the best of luck in the future! Many Blessings to him and all his students! God Bless!
-- Mike Green - August, 2014
Wonderful place and the best instructor I've had in a long time.
-- Jay Long - February, 2015
If you are looking at this page, then you have an interest or curiosity about tai chi. I would like to encourage you to join us and give us a try. I have been working with Master Ling for a little over a year, and my progress has surprised me. Muscle strength, flexibility, and balance all improved. Pretty good for being the oldest student in the class. The progress of our younger students simply amazes me. Come and let us welcome you.
-- Cathy (age 74) - April, 2016
Dear Dr. Ling,
We wanted to thank you so much for making 2016 a great year of health and change through learning TaiChi, meeting wonderful people and just improving ourselves. You are a fantastic teacher and we much appreciate your energy, knowledge and most, your kindness.
Doina and Mark - December. 2016
Doctor Zhichao Ling preforms Tai Chi sword at The Spring SmashPosted by Ron NIchols on Day o' the Sun, Month o' May 3, 2015