Shifu Richard A. Tolson - Examiner (Kao Guan, 考 官)
Richard A. Tolson served as an ordained Pentecostal minister for fourteen years. During this time he taught Old Testament and Classical Hebrew at various Christian junior colleges in Indiana and Ohio. He also served as pastor of the Free Methodist church of Kent, Ohio. Currently he works as a life and health insurance agent throughout Northeastern Ohio.
Shifu Tolson has been training in martial arts for forty-eight years and teaching for thirty-eight years. He opened his first school in the inner-city of Ft. Wayne, Indiana in 1978 and continued to teach in Indiana until he moved to Ohio in 1986. After moving to Ohio, he immediately began teaching and has continued to teach in the Northeast Ohio area. He owns and operates the Mantis Masters Academy in North Canton, Ohio.
Shifu Tolson holds the rank of Yellow River Tanglang Quan Association Black Belt 6th Duan. He has a reputation as a master in Monkey kung fu (nu hou quan), Praying Mantis kung fu (qixing tanglangquan, shuaishou tanglangquan and taiji meihua tanglangquan) and traditional Jujutsu (arashi-ryu). He has taught seminars in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Georgia.
Shifu Tolson has worked tirelessly over the past ten years translating modern and ancient Chinese texts. He has authored two books based on his translations: Wong Hon Fan’s Northern Praying Mantis Quan Pu and Hao Family Taiji Meihua Tanglangquan Zhai Yao Quan Sections 1 – 6.
Shifu Tolson’s students compete in free-fighting at various local tournaments and regularly take first or second place in their divisions. He has judged in tournaments in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Louisiana.
Shifu Tolson is a student of Haojia Taiji Meihua Tanglangquan master, Zhang Weifu of Qingdao, China and is Master Zhang’s authorized representative in the United States. He has also trained with masters Mike Biggie (qixing tanglangquan), Yang Xiaodong (qixing tanglangquan and shuaishou tanglangquan).
Five of Shifu Tolson’s students actively teach martial arts in Indiana and Ohio.