Teacher Bio

Grandmaster G S Torres
塔嘉利 师公
Tă Jiā Lì Shī Gōng

As the most senior of Grandmaster Peter Kwok’s students, Grandmaster Torres (塔嘉利 师公; Tă Jiā Lì Shī Gōng) was both Kwok’s most advanced and most dedicated, serving as Director of Peter Kwok’s Kung Fu Academy for over 7 years, and as Chief Instructor for another seven. In 1982 Torres earned the ranking of 8th degree black belt, the only student to ever be ranked that high by Grandmaster Kwok.    Dr. Torres is recognized by the World Head of Family Sokeship Council as the head of the Peter Kwok lineage, and as the highest ranking official of this lineage.

Since then, Sigong Torres has been recognized for his extensive mastery of Shao Lin Quan, Tai Ji Quan, Xing Yi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, and Qi Gong, a result of his knowledge and experience in Chinese Martial Arts amassed over the past 48 years. Torres has been teaching for over 46 years and has students recognized at the rank of both Master and Shifu. In addition to his martial development, he is winner of numerous tournament championships, is a U.S. Chinese Kuo Shu Federation International Tournament Referee B Certification, International Chinese Martial Arts Championships Judge and coaches World Title Martial Arts Champion Fighters.

As the Director of Phoenix-Dragon Kung Fu Academy in Tampa, Florida, he is a frequent guest lecturer at major universities, and travels and teaches workshops and seminars across the country. His affiliations include lifetime memberships to the U.S. Chinese Kuo Shu Federation, The United States Traditional Kung-Fu Wu Shu Federation and annual memberships to the Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Association. He is also a member of the advisory board for the American Society of Internal Arts.

In addition to his martial development, he is winner of numerous tournament championships, is a Certified U.S. Chinese Kuo Shu Federation International Tournament Referee A Judge, International Chinese Martial Arts Championships Judge and coaches World Title Martial Arts Champion Fighters. As the Director of Phoenix-Dragon Kung Fu Academy in Tampa, Florida, he is a frequent guest lecturer at major universities, and travels and teaches workshops and seminars across the country. His affiliations include lifetime memberships to the U.S. Chinese Kuo Shu Federation, and The United States Traditional Kung-Fu Wu Shu Federation. He is also a member of the advisory board for the American Society of Internal Arts. He is a Hall of Fame Inductee at the rank of Grandmaster in the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame, the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame, the World Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Fame and the International Sokeship Grandmaster Council Hall of Fame. He is a Presidential Who’s Who Member, a Who’s Who Executives & Professionals Member, and a Who’s Who in America member. In addition to his martial background, Grandmaster Torres is also Doctor Torres. With a masters degree in teaching, a Doctor of Medicine, a Doctor of Chiropractic, a Ph.D. in Martial Arts Philosophy and Science, a degree in Physiological Therapeutics, a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncturists, a Member of the American Academy of Manual & Physical Medicine, a Member of the American Medical Association,  a Member of the American Chiropractic Association and board eligibility from the International College of Applied Kinesiology, Grandmaster Torres has extensive knowledge of how the above arts promote health and longevity, as well as their martial applications.

Honors and Awards
  • Doctoral of Commissioner Science, BSA 9/2016.
  • Distinguished Commissioners Award, BSA 8/2016.
  • Judge U.S. International Kuo Shu Championships Tournament, 7/29-31/2016.
  • Silver Beaver Award, BSA 04/2016.
  • Judge Senior Division/Medicine, 61st Annual State Sci. & Eng. Fair 3/30/2016 – Named.
  • Judge Senior Division/Medicine, Hillsborough Region STEM Fair 2/09/2016.
  • Hall of Fame – Recipient of the Platinum Lifetime Achievements – Action Martial Arts Magazine 2016.
  • Judge U.S. International Kuo Shu Championships Tournament, 7/24-26/2015.
  • Commissioners Key, BSA, 6/2015.
  • Judge Senior Division/Medicine, 60th Annual State Sci. & Eng. Fair 4/01/2015 – Named.
  • Judge Senior Division/Medicine, Hillsborough Region STEM Fair 2/03/2015.
  • Masters of Commissioner Science, BSA, 9/2014.
  • Hall of Fame – Golden Life Achievement Award – 40 yrs. in the Martial Arts, World Head of Family Sokeship Council 2014
  • Commissioner Award of Excellence in Unit Service, BSA, 5/2014.
  • Judge U.S. International Kuo Shu Championships Tournament, 7/25-272014
  • Hall of Fame – Ambassador Of Good Will To The Martial Arts – Action Martial Arts Magazine 2014.
  • Judge Senior Division/Medicine, 59th Annual State Sci. & Eng. Fair 4/02/2014.
  • District Award of Merit, BSA, 03/2014.
  • Judge Senior Division/Medicine, Hillsborough Region STEM Fair 2/11/2014.
  • Judge U.S. International Kuo Shu Championships Tournament, 7/26-28/2013.
  • Hall of Fame – Ambassador Of Good Will To The Martial Arts – Action Martial Arts Magazine 2013.
  • Bachelor of Commissioner Science, BSA, 11/2013.
  • Wood Badge Beading, BSA, 10/2013.
  • Arrowhead Honor, BSA Commissioner Service 5/2013.
  • Judge Senior Division/Medicine, 58th Annual State Sci. & Eng. Fair 3/27/2013.
  • Judge Senior Division/Medicine, Hillsborough Region STEM Fair 2/12/2013.
  • U. S. Kuo Shu Federation National Judge Level A Certification 7/20/12.
  • Executive Judge Lei Tai, USKSF North Regional Tournament 4/2012.
  • Hall of Fame – Ambassador Of Good Will To The Martial Arts – Action Martial Arts Magazine 2012.
  • Judge Hillsborough Co. Science Fair 2012.
  • International Referee A Certification – The World Kuo Shu Federation, 2011.
  • The Biltmore Who’s Who Honored Member Registry, 2011-2012.
  • The Staford Who’s Who Honored Member Registry, 2011-2012.
  • U. S. Kuo Shu Federation National Judge Level B Re-Certification 4/2011.
  • Presidential Who’s Who Hall of Fame Award 2010 – 2011.
  • Hall of Fame – Good Will Ambassador – Action Martial Arts Magazine 2011.
  • Hall of Fame Award – Tai Ji Quan Grandmaster of the year, World Martial Arts League, 08/2010.
  • The Presidential Who’s Who Among Business & Professional Achievers 2010 Pain Management Physician of the year.
  • Hall of Fame Award – Ba Gua Zhang Grandmaster of the year, World Martial Arts League, 08/2010.
  • Induction – World Independent Chinese Martial Arts Federation 08/2010.
  • National Register’s Who’s Who V.I.P Member, 2009-2010 Edition.
  • International Hall of Fame Certificate of Induction – Silver Life Achievement 40 years in the Martial Arts, International Bantu Head of Family Martial Arts Association, Sokeship Warriors Council Hall of Honors 4/2010.
  • Hall of Fame Award – Silver Life Achievement 40 years in the Martial Arts, World Martial Arts Magazine 1/2010.
  • The Staford Who’s Who Honored Member Registry, 2010-2011.
  • The Stanford Who’s Who Black Book, Honored Member, 2009-2010 Edition
  • Full voting member International Sokeship Grandmaster Council, as Head of Kwok Lineage 2009.
  • World Head of Family Sokeship Council International Hall of Fame, Grandmaster Inductee 2009.
  • The Cambridge Who’s Who V.I.P. Registry 2008-2009.
  • The Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives and Professionals 2007/2008.
  • The Presidential Who’s Who Among Business & Professional Achievers 2009/2010.
  • Hall of Fame – Hall of Honor – Continence of Excellence – Action Martial Arts Magazine 2009.
  • International Referee B Certification – The World Kuo Shu Federation, 2008
  • Hall of Fame Grandmaster of the Year – U.S.A Martial Arts Hall of Fame, 2008.
  • Ph.D. – Doctorate of Martial Arts Philosophy and Martial Arts Science,University of Asian Martial Arts and Studies, 2008.
  • Hall of Fame – Good Will Ambassador – Action Martial Arts Magazine 2008.
  • Hall of Fame – Inductee – Action Martial Arts Magazine 2007.
  • American Society of Internal Arts Featured presenter for the 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003 Zhang San Feng Festival.
  • International Chinese Martial Arts Championships Chief Judge Tai Chi Division for 2003 and San Shou Judge 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and Long Fist Judge 2005.
  • United States Chinese Kuo Shu Federation International Tournament Judge 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, Judge 2003, 2002, 2001.
  • Coach of the Unlimited Division Lei Tai Full Contact Gold Medal World Champion 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007 Winner and 2006 Heavy Weight Division U.S. Champion and World Champion Runner Up.
  • Disney’s Martial Arts Festival Chief Judge Tai Chi/Xing Yi/Ba Gua Divisions 2009, 2008, and 2007.
  • Fellow International Academy of Medical Acupuncturists.
  • Certified in Manipulation Under Anesthesia, American Academy of Manual and Physical Medicine.
  • Who’s Who Executives & Professionals 1998.
  • Who’s Who in America 1991.
  • Instructor of Recognition – Pa Kua Chang Journal 1996.
  • Michigan Doctor of the Year 1990 Detroit Monthly.
  • Diplomate National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Parts I, II, III, Physiotherapy, and Acupuncture.
  • National Dean’s List 84-85.
  • National Dean’s List 81-82.
  • Outstanding Martial Artist – Playboy Classic 1980.
  • Master Rank – New Jersey Stick Fighting 1980.
  • Master Rank – Scientific Martial Arts International 1979.
  • Outstanding Martial Arts Performer 1979.
  • New York State Champion 1977.
  • Grand Champion Turtle Cup Grand Nationals 1977.
  • New Jersey State Champion 1978.
  • U.S.Open Grand Champion 1978.
  • Silver Medal International Championships 1978.
  • Soft Style Grand Champion Battle of the Zodiac Grand Nationals 1978.
  • Dean’s list Life University.
  • Dean’s list Montclair State University.
  • Dean’s List Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
  • Eagle Scout with Gold Palm, BSA 9/1967
Publications
  • B.H. Min, W.A. Garland, K.C. Khoo and G.S. Torres, “Determination of clonazepan and its amino and acetamido metabolites in human plasma by combined gas chromatography chemical ionization mass spectrometry and selected ion monitoring”.
    Biomedical Mass Spectrometry, 5 (12), 692-698 (1978)
  • G.S.Torres, “Yang Tai Chi Training Manual For Beginners to Experts”, Red Tassel Publications, (1982)
  • G. S. Torres “Ba Gua Dragon Heart, Philosophy and the 8 Pole Movements”, Red Red Tassel Publications, (1983)
  • Appearance in Inside Kung Fu, Zhang San Feng Spirit Thrives, Feb 2005 p 100.
Kung Fu Videos
  • DVD – The Nine Allies
  • DVD – Series I Ba Gua Zhang
  • DVD – Series II Ba Gua Zhang
  • DVD – Series III Ba Gua Zhang
  • DVD – Series IV Ba Gua Zhang
  • DVD – Series V Ba Gua Zhang
  • DVD – Series VI Ba Gua Zhang
  • DVD – Series VII Ba Gua Zhang
  • DVD – Series VIII Ba Gua Zhang
  • DVD – Tai Ji Quan Applications and Combat, Push Hands Part 1
  • DVD – Tai Ji Quan 24 Move Short Form Applications and Combat Part 1
  • DVD – Tai Ji Quan 24 Move Short Form Applications and Combat Part 2
  • DVD – Four Compulsory Weapons Series I
  • DVD – Four Compulsory Weapons Series II
  • DVD – Four Compulsory Weapons Series III
  • DVD – Chin Na Dui Da Lines 1 & 2
  • DVD – Chin Na Dui Da Lines 3 & 4
  • DVD – Chin Na Dui Da Lines 5 & 6
Work Experience
  • 01/1982 – Present Director Phoenix-Dragon Kung Fu Academy, U. S. A.
  • 12/1992 – Present Private Practice, Tampa, Florida
  • 04/2009 – 02/2012 PVC Medical Clinic, Tampa, Florida
  • 03/2007 – 03/2008 Fl. Orthopaedic Institute, Covering Physician, Therapy Dept, Tampa, Fl.
  • 08/2004 – 09/2006 Bayside Healthcare Medical Centers, Inc., PI Practice, Tampa, Florida
  • 09/1987 – 07/2005 Private Practice Ypsilanti, Michigan; Tampa, Florida
  • 02/2004 – 08/2004 Injury Rehab Specialists, PI Practice, Tampa, Florida
  • 01/2003 – 12/2003 Director Prime POS Logistics and Locations, L. L. C.
  • 11/1992 – 12/2000 C.E.O. Narwhal Enterprises, Inc.
  • 10/1997 – 12/2000 Northville Adult School Education, Tai Chi Chuan, Northville, Michigan
  • 05/1997 – 09/1999 Faculty – National Board Chiropractic Examiners Review Course, Gold and Assoc.
  • 09/1987 – 12/2004 Livonia Adult School Ed, Shao Lin Chuan/Tai Chi Chuan, Livonia, Mi.
  • 09/1982 – 03/1983 Faculty – Guest Lecturer – Life University, Urinary Diagnosis
  • 03/1981 – 09/1981 Faculty – Sherman College of Chiropractic, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • 09/1979 – 09/1980 Faculty – Pa. College of Chiropractic, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Public Health
  • 04/1976 – 06/1978 Faculty – Clifton Board of Education, Clifton, N.J., Dept. of Science
  • 06/1976 – 09/1977 Scientist I – Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., Nutley, N.J.
  • 05/1976 – 07/1984 Director, Peter Kwok’s Kung Fu Academy, Shao Lin, Tai Chi, Xing Yi, Ba Gua
  • 05/1975 – 05/1982 Chief Instructor, Peter Kwok’s Kung Fu Academy, Shao Lin/Tai Ji/Xing Yi/Ba Gua
State Licenses
  • 08/18/2006 State of New Jersey, License #38MC00651300
  • 11/18/1992 State of Florida, License #6555 Active with Acupuncture and MUA Certification
  • 08/14/1987 State of Michigan, License #6555
  • 02/13/1987 State of Georgia, License #2628
  • 12/13/1985 State of Alabama, License #1127
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