Shifu Thomas

A Positive Part of a Rapidly Changing World
As a teacher, community advocate, and ambassador for self-improvement through Chinese martial arts, Shifu Thomas stands as an example to his students. Shifu Thomas has competed in national and international martial arts tournaments and has won numerous championships and awards, as have many of his students. At Thomas Academy of Tai Chi Kung Fu, Shifu Thomas teaches a wide variety of Chinese Martial Arts styles to students of any age and skill level.

Shifu Thomas spends a large amount of his time advocating physical fitness and self-improvement in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Shifu Thomas graduated magna cum laude and holds degrees in both psychology and social work, which he puts to good use building a happier, healthier, and more harmonious community. He has been involved in many community service activities in addition to his martial arts teaching, including:

  • Crisis Intervention Counseling
  • Drug, Alcohol, and Family Counseling
  • Certified Instructor of Homeland Security Community Emergency Response Team
  • Working with adolescents and "at-risk" youth
  • Working with the aged
  • Alzheimer's Advocate


Shifu (also pronounced "Sifu") means teacher. You may also see it translated as "Master." At one time, the head teacher in a school was called "The Headmaster." The relationship of a student to his Shifu is that of a student to a teacher, or perhaps an apprentice to one who has mastered a discipline. A Shifu is someone who has spent a lot of time and effort to become the proficient at one or more styles of Chinese martial arts.

For more information about ther term "Shifu/Sifu", please see this Wikipedia article.

A Gift for Life!

Our Lineage

A Positive Part of a Rapidly Changing World
Shifu Thomas is honored to have been selected as the 7th generation disciple of Grand Master Chen Shu Dao, a 6th generation Wu Hao Tai Chi practitioner and the son of Great Grand Master Chen Gu An, the only Wu Hao grandmaster officially recognized by the Chinese government.

Shifu Thomas is also the 6th generation, "First Foreigner" Disciple under the renowned 5th generation Yang Style Grandmaster Meng Xian Min.

Each Grandmaster has provided Shifu Thomas with a wealth of his respective style's history, philosophy, martial arts applications, and empty hand and weapons forms.

Our School

Thomas Academy of Tai Chi | Kung Fu is dedicated to educating and informing the public about the nature and benefits of Chinese Martial Arts.

We are dedicated to teaching only the highest quality traditional styles of Tai Chi Chuan, Baguazhang, Xing Yi Quan, Push Hands, Northern and Southern styles of Shaolin Kung Fu, traditional Chinese weapons, and self-defense to all ages and fitness levels.

In addition to our regular classes, we offer specialty workshops, which are focused, in-depth training sessions that include Meditative Qigong, Tai Chi, Weapons, and Push Hands. It is important to note that we are the only school in America that offers instruction in authentic Xingtai, China, Chen Gu An Wu Hao Tai Chi Staff. Please feel free to browse around or click to contact us. We're glad you're here!

Click here to view our current schedule!

Private Lessons

Accelerate your Training!

Why should you choose Private Classes?

  • You decide the level and pace for training.
  • Classes are arranged to meet your schedule.
  • Option of deciding what program to train in.
  • Individualized programs to meet your specific needs.
  • Receive individual, one-on-one training.

Private Class Discount Packages Available!

6 Private Classes for $550, That's like getting 1 lesson free!

Or, get 12 Private Classes for $1100! That's like getting 2 free lessons!


Shifu Thomas $110/hour
Student Instructors $55/hour

If you prefer a private lesson at your location, a travel fee will be calculated.

Seminars &

Seminars and Workshops for your Organization or Community!

Thomas Academy will bring Tai Chi to your community, church, business, or other organization! We will come to you and teach an 8 week Tai Chi course within a 30 mile radius of Tulsa. Travel fees may be required for distances further than 30 miles. Please click here to contact Shifu Thomas.

You will receive hands on training in Tai Chi. The cost is $1200 per eight week class. Maximum class size is only limited by the space available. (If you have 2, or 20, students, the total cost is the same, so it's only $60 per person!)





    "One of the best parts of today's seminar! Please, come back again!" ~ Pat, attendee at Eastar Health System's Alzheimer's Lunch and Learn





    "My first time trying Tai Chi! I'm sold!" ~ Mary, attendee at the 2016 Tulsa Asian American Festival





    Alzheimer's: The gift of Tai Chi; sparkle from the eyes, sitting up straight, and smiles that bring joy to the heart!






    Thomas Academy Tai Chi Kung Fu presented an "Introduction To Tai Chi and Wellness" to 30 participants at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).





    "Was my favorite part of the day!" ~ Lucille, attendee at American Heart Association Continuing Education Seminar


Shifu Thomas also offers professional presentations and seminars. Please inquire regarding fees. Available topics include:

  • Introduction To Tai Chi
  • Drug/Alcohol Addiction, and Family-Related issues
  • Burnout, both in the home and in the workplace
  • The Importance of Having Fun
  • Team Building: Improving Productivity and Motivation
  • Living Longer: Living Life With Quality
  • Special group packages are also available, and are ideal for Employee Wellness Benefit Programs!

    For more information contact Shifu Rick Thomas at


Shifu Thomas demonstrated Tai Chi Chuan to a packed house, at the Eastar Health System's "The Brain & Alzheimer's" Seminar, for caregivers and professionals.

Shifu Thomas' presentation, "Introduction to Tai Chi, and the Importance of Striving to Live Life Fully," was a hit with attendees, who learned how to revitalize themselves, and their loved ones, through the relaxing art of Tai Chi Chuan.

Our Styles

Tai Chi Chuan, Baguazhang, Xing Yi Quan, Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Push Hands

Authentic Chinese Martial Arts

The Chinese government recognizes the late Grandmaster Chen Gu An, and his son, Grandmaster Chen Shu Dao, as designated representatives of Wu Hao Tai Chi Chuan.

Shifu Thomas is a seventh generation closed door disciple in Wu Hao, under Grandmaster Chen Shu Dao, of Xingtai, Hebei, China. Our Xing Yi and Bagua also come from Grandmaster Chen Shu Dao.

Shifu Thomas is also the sixth generation, "First Foreigner" Disciple under the renowned fifth generation Yang Style Grandmaster Meng Xian Min, of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

During his August 2004 China trip, Shifu Thomas was appointed the Director of the American branch of the China Xing Tai Wushu Tai Chi Research Association.

Shifu Thomas makes regular, return trips to China to study with his teachers, striving to perfect the arts, as well as adding new, more advanced material.

Click here to view our current schedule!

Kids' Kung Fu

Learn while having fun!

Kung Fu is a form of Chinese Martial Arts using movements that can be fast, fluid, and powerful. Patterned from nature, the art of Kung Fu reflects nature's speed and force, combined with grace and harmony.

Thomas Academy offers material from both the Northern and Southern styles of Kung Fu. Some of our Kung Fu weapons practice includes staff, broad sword, straight sword, spear, fan, nunchaku, and much more. This ancient martial art is fun, healthful, and practical in its use for self defense.

Kung Fu can be described as "Power Disguised in Elegance," and can be enjoyed by all ages and fitness levels. Come join the fun!

Click here to view our current schedule!

China Trips

Come Join Us on Our Next Trip!

Group China Trips

Thomas Academy of Tai Chi Kung Fu has been fortunate in taking regular group trips to China. Our trips serve as wonderful cultural experiences and Tai Chi pilgrimages. You will see more of the real China than one can imagine. Our trips are designed for the Tai Chi practitioner, as well as for the entire family's vacation. Anyone may join us for our "trip of a lifetime" journeys!

Chinese Culture

Facilitating Cultural Exchange

China- America Tai Chi International

The following excerpt is from a speech given by Shifu Thomas, Wednesday, October 9th, 2003, at the ceremony honoring the members of the newly founded China-America Tai Chi International Association.


It is a special honor to be here in China. For certain, we live in interesting times... . There has never been a better time in history for the promotion of understanding, peace, friendship, and health... . I love the richness of the Chinese culture and the warmth and friendliness of her people. I look forward to future visits to China and for you to come and experience America.

With our newly formed relationship, my desire is to help encourage and educate a better understanding of our two countries' cultures. I would hope to play a part in the ongoing efforts toward peace, acceptance, and tolerance. Importantly, I will continue to motivate others to experience the practice of Tai Chi in philosophy, fitness, and health.

Thank you.

Rick Thomas

Class Schedule

Feel free to drop by and say hello!

Come join us!

Thomas Academy offers daytime, evening, and weekend group classes to accommodate everyone's schedule. Private lessons and personal training with Shifu Thomas are also available for those wanting one-on-one instruction.

Join us for Adults' and Kids' Kung Fu!

Choose from:

  • Monday 6:00pm - 6:55pm
  • Wednesday 6:00pm - 6:55pm
  • Saturday 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • New Sparring Class!
        Saturday 4:10pm - 5:00pm

Join us for Adults' and Kids' Tai Chi!

Choose from:

  • Monday 7:00pm - 7:55pm
  • Tuesday 6:00pm - 6:55pm
  • Wednesday 7:00pm - 7:55pm
  • Thursday 6:00pm - 6:55pm
  • Friday - Specialty Workshops
        Please click here to inquire
  • Saturday 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Get your feet wet, with one class each week for $55 per month!

Now, $75 per month for two classes each week, or $85 per month for three classes each week!

Mix and match, or take them all (unlimited regular Tai Chi Chuan and Kung Fu classes) for $95 per month!

Prepaid Class Punch Pass Packages Available!

Not sure if your schedule will allow you to take weekly classes? Buy a Punch Pass!

Get 10 regular classes for $120! Use the Pass anytime within a year of the original Pass Date.

Prepaid Discounted Class Packages Available!

Or, get 12 Months of unlimited regular classes for $990, for a savings of $150!

Get 6 Months of unlimited regular classes for $495, That's a savings of $75!

One time sign up fee of $55. No contracts! Gift packages available.
No class on major holidays. Workshops not included. No refunds on class fee or package purchases.

A Gift for Life!


We'd love to hear from you!


Click here to send an e-mail,
call +1 (918) 664-9191,

or, drop by and visit us at:
5970R East 31st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135
We're on the south side of Mall 31, facing 32nd Street!

Find us:


Thomas Academy Disciple, Michael Guy (1950-2017)

Michael was loved and respected by all. He represented our school with kindness, dedication, and enthusiasm. He was active in our school for over 13 years. Tai Chi and Kung Fu was such an important part of his life that his family honored Michael by burying him in his Tai Chi uniform. Michael will live on in our memories and love.