Daniel earned a BA from Columbia College Chicago, where he studied photography, film, dance and theater. His early aptitude for science, art and martial arts culminate in his practice of photography and Taijiquan. Having a natural talent as a child for drawing and painting he would instead study photography, preferring its instantaneous nature and similar state of mind to that cultivated in martial arts. Daniel studied Goju Ryu karate from the age of 14 until he began his study of Taijiquan at 19. Daniel has been a freelance photographer and teacher of Taijiquan for over 35 years. Just as his photography is a melding of his passion for science and art, so is his practice of Taijiquan, “intimate physics” and a nexus for eastern and western thought. He has experience teaching a broad spectrum of people, young and old, infirm and athletic. He particularly enjoyed teaching a group of psychologists at their retreat at The Samuel A. Kopp Center, helping them to get out of their heads and into their bodies. A current initiative of his is to make Taijiquan a foundation of physical education in Chicago High Schools. Daniel is currently a resident artist at Zhou B Art Center in Chicago.
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