Associate Teachers of the Qigong & Daoist Training Center

The following qigong teachers are Associate Teachers of the Qigong & Daoist Training Center (QDTC). They are all graduates of the QDTC’s Qigong Certification programs, earning from 200 to 500 hours.  Associate Teachers act as independent teachers on behalf of the Qigong & Daoist Training Center. These teachers offer local qigong classes, following the guidelines of the QDTC’s Qigong Certification course, founded by Shifu Michael Rinaldini.

Students enrolled in Shifu Michael’s certification course, whether the student is new, or has already been studying in the course, will have access to the local qigong classes offered by the Associate Teacher. Details of class availability and financial compensation between the Associate Teacher and the student will be determined by the Associate Teacher.

In addition to qualifications as a Qigong Teacher of the QDTC, many of the Associate Teachers are qualified in related fields as Licensed Acupuncturists, Certified Massage Therapists, Certified Yoga Teachers, Daoist Priests, Reiki Teachers, and other kinds of energy healers.

For more information about the Associate Teacher program of the QDTC, contact Shifu Michael. Do not contact the Associate Teachers listed below until you are enrolled in the QDTC’s Qigong Certification course, and Shifu Michael has provided an introduction.

Associate Teachers

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald  
Certified Qigong Teacher by Qigong & Daoist Training Center since July 2020. Licensed Acupuncturist. Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine. Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  Certified Clinical Nutritionist. National Qigong Association Professional Member. Lives in Southern California, near Los Angeles.
I have been fortunate to study with and be certified by Shifu Michael Rinaldini. His dedication and approach to Qigong and the sincerity of his Daoist journey have had a profound impact on my life. Some of the other teachers who I have studied with and who have been influential on my qigong journey include Ken Cohen, Dr. Richard Te-Fu Tan, Dr. Roger Hirsch, Grand Master Hong Liu, Dr. Liu Dong, Dr. Helena Zhang, Dr. David Twicken, Grand Master Su Zifang, and Master Zhao Yun.

I love to teach, practice, and share the magnificence of qigong. It is truly an honor and a blessing.  I find Qigong to be a profound practice that allows the truth, beauty, and love within to unfold, express, and be realized in glorious ways.

Chuck Steg
Certified Qigong Teacher by Qigong & Daoist Training Center since March 2008.  National Qigong Association Professional Member (since 2003) and Certified Teacher Level III (500 hours), January 2020. Daoist Priest Qigong Jing, American Dragon Gate Lineage, under Abbott Lichangdao (Michael Rinaldini), ordained April 2016. Three-year training in Daoist cultivation practices. B.S. Pharmacy 1978, Pharm D 1999 University of Maryland. Lives in Martinsburg, WV (about 90 minutes from the Baltimore and Washington DC area.

Shifu Michael Rinaldini has been and is my primary Qigong teacher. I have taken seminars/classes with a variety of other nationally-known teachers:  Karl Ardo, Master Sha, Yang Jwing Ming, Jiang Jian-ye, Kevin Cohen, and Kevin Chen. While attention to the various techniques of Qigong forms is important, the Qigong State of Mind with the three Qigong alignments (body, mind, and breath) is most valuable.

Grégoire Laforce
I started practicing tai chi and qi gong in my 20s, and have been practicing the old yang system of tai chi, as well as incorporating qi gong principles I have learned from Shifu Michael Rinaldini over the years. I am a Priest-In-Training in the American Dragon Gate Lineage.

In addition to Shifu Michael’s qi gong forms, I have learned in single and double push hands, chi sau (sticky hands), as well as the small and large cannon fist forms (san sau) of the old yang system.

I also practice zuowang meditation and believe that the movement and sitting practices complement each other very well, and practicing one seems to improve the other, with time and regular practice.

I have taught a variety of groups over the years including veterans, vulnerable youth, and brain injury survivors, and am used to adapting the pace and content to meet the student(s) where they are in their journey.

I believe private lessons are most beneficial to a student’s growth and to fostering the student-teacher relationship but are also open to small or medium-sized groups. I have young children and understand the challenges of fitting practice in a busy life! Gregoire lives in Ottawa, Canada.

Margo Gladys
Certified Qigong Teacher by the Qigong & Daoist Training Center, April 2020. Certified Qigong Instructor by WuTang PCA (2019). Certified Medical Qigong Practitioner by Three Treasures Healing (2018). Certified Health Coach by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (2013). National Qigong Association Professional Member.

Studying with Shifu Michael Rinaldini had a significant influence on my Qigong journey and life. He embodies grace,  humility, and all Taoist values in his teachings and is a great inspiration.

I love to teach, practice and share the knowledge of Qigong. I am passionate about wellness and was drawn to the world of holistic medicine because of my own health struggles. I live in Union County, New Jersey, and work in New York City.

Kaarne Karjalainen
Certified Qigong Teacher by the Qigong & Daoist Training Center, November 2020. Certified Shiatsu Practitioner by Hyvinvointikeskus Rauha, 2020. Certified Kamana Naturalist, by the Wilderness Awareness School, 2019. Certified Nature and Wilderness Guide, by Vocational College Lappia, 2016. M.Phil. in General History, University of Eastern Finland 2011. Member of Shiatsu Finland.

Nature is what first sparked my interest in Qigong. Naturally, at some point, I started looking for a teacher and found Shifu Michael. His compassion, sincerity, and humility have greatly influenced my approach to Qigong. Most importantly, Shifu Michael broadened my horizons to look towards the Dao in all cultivation practices. In addition to practicing this Daoist Qigong system, I also study Daoist Neigong and other internal arts at the Internal Arts Academy of the Lotus Neigong school.

Qigong has been a major source of inspiration in my life for several years and I’m glad to share it with all those interested. I offer both local classes and private instruction in Qigong in the village of Koli in Eastern Finland. I find private instruction to be more fruitful for teacher and student alike, but there is a certain charm to group classes. Lives in Koli, Eastern Finland.

Rory James MacLaren-Jackson
I help people to make positive changes in their lives and create a sustainable ‘recipe’ for health and wellbeing. I’ve been doing this for over 18 years with a straight-talking approach that blends developing a supportive narrative with practical tools and techniques, such as hypnosis, visualization, and meditation.

Though I now work with a small number of private 1-2-1 clients, I believe that the powerful benefits of qigong practice have a duty to be shared, in the current world situation perhaps more than ever. I am evangelical with my clients about the benefits of qigong and zuowang meditation, in both bringing about and supporting transformative, positive change. I have a particular interest and experience working with those living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.

Shifu Rinaldini’s approach combines deep humanity and compassion with the comprehensiveness and attention to detail that I was seeking in my qigong instruction. Sharing this with my clients in the UK as an Associate Teacher is both a personal and professional joy.