About

Ken Ryan, Maine Coast Taijiquan founder, has been involved in teaching and coaching for more than 50 years, and holds the rank of 2nd Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Shaolin Kenpo Karate. His formal training in Taijiquan and Qigong started in 1996, with his first introduction coming from James Bouchard, Sensei. He gratefully bows to and acknowledges Master Yang, Jwing-Ming (and the instructors and students at YMAA Boston), Master Wang, Hai Jun (and the Chen Taiji Academy), and Master Zhong Xuechao (Master Bing)– the primary influences in his internal arts training- for their inspiration and generous guidance.

In addition to teaching healing and martial arts, Ken is a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 35 years of experience working in the mental health field. Building a private psychotherapy practice in Brunswick and South Freeport with his wife, Jill Ryan, he specialized in the treatment of anxiety disorders, and working with athletes on performance enhancement. Not surprisingly, his internal arts practice emerged as a profound influence on his clinical skills, making it a natural transition from clinical practice to his current full time commitment to teaching. The principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Behavioral Medicine have much in common; his experience with each informed the other. The result: a unique blend of the two, evident in his teaching and clinical work.

See the January, 2017 issue of Maine Magazine for an article about our program.