In 1981, Sifu Mary Layton began studying T’ai Chi in Sonoma County with a senior student of Master Tung Kai Ying. In 1985 she began teaching in Marin County, while assisting the San Francisco Academy of T’ai Chi Ch’uan. After studying with Master Tung at his Los Angeles Academy, she started teaching in Modesto in 1995.
Sifu Naser Ataee began to study T’ai Chi Ch’uan in 1986 at the Los Angeles T’ai Chi Ch’uan Academy under the tutelage of Master Tung. In 1991 he began teaching for the Department of Parks and Recreation in Los Angeles and for several area schools. In 1995 he started teaching T’ai Chi in health clubs for the City of Modesto.