Master Mantak Chia is the founder of the Universal Healing Tao System of medical and esoteric Qigong and is the director of the Universal Healing Tao Center and Tao Garden Health Resort and Training Center in Thailand.
Since childhood he has studied the Taoist approach to life - the Way of Nature. His mastery of this ancient knowledge, enhanced by his study of other disciplines, has resulted in the creation of the famous Universal Healing Tao System, UHT, which is taught across the globe.
Mantak Chia was born in Thailand to Chinese parents in 1944. When he was six years old, Buddhist monks taught him how to sit and “still the mind.” While still a grammar school student, he begin studying traditional Thai kick boxing. He was taught Tai Chi Chuan, Aikido and Yoga by Master Lu as well as broader levels of Tai Chi.
Years later, as a student in Hong Kong he excelled at track and field sports and classmate named introduced him to his first esoteric teacher, Tao Master Yi Eng. Master Chia began his studies of the Taoist way of life with Master Eng in earnest. To understand the mechanisms behind healing energy better, Master Chia studied Western anatomy and medical science for two years.
Combining his knowledge of Taoism with other disciplines, Master Chia created and began teaching the Universal Healing Tao System. He eventually trained over 3000 Instructors to communicate this knowledge and established one of the largest schools of medical Qigong in the world.