Welcome to the Tao Institute!

What is a Sifu?

The literal definition of Sifu is “Teacher-Father”.  A Sifu is more than a teacher,  he is a guide who is passing on the tradition and philosophy of the art as a way of life, not just the techniques themselves.

The Essence of Tai Chi


Sifu Welcoming

Our curriculum includes the cultivation of energy through Taoist meditation and qi gong, the silk reeling spiraling power of Chen Tai Chi Chuan, the coiling and circling movements of Dragon Ba Gua Zhang, the speed and patience of Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu, and Chinese weapons training.

Master Paolillo guides the training for students at the Tao Institute based on his lifetime of experience studying, training and cultivating  in the internal arts.  He is a certified instructor (Sifu) of the Shantung Martial Arts of China and recipient of the “Educator of Kung Fu” award under his primary teacher, Grandmaster Poi Chan of Sha Cheng.

All of our training, from beginning through advanced, is based on Taoist principles while more advanced training will blend in Sifu Paolillo's Tao style with the traditional forms that make up the foundation of beginning and intermediate training. 


9 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor  Asheville, NC 28801   (828) 258 1533