Tao Style Internal Kung Fu

Mondays from 6:30PM-8:00PM EDT

This is the enrollment page for the Entry Level Tao class broadcast on Monday nights.  This class is open for new students to join at anytime.  

To enroll please select from the options below.  You can enroll for a monthly subscription, single month or single class.

Inside the course portal you will see lessons set up for all dates until the end of the year.  On the day of the class, you will simply select that day's class to join us on Zoom.

These classes are live broadcasts from our in person classes -- so in person and online students will be learning simultaneously.

Please note that your subscription will be active from the day that you purchase.  Single Month allows you to access the course portal for 30 days and attend all classes within that timeframe, and Single Class will allow you to access the course portal for 6 days and attend just one class within that timeframe.  Please factor this in when you are deciding which classes to attend.

Class Description

Tao Style is a unique transmission of internal kung fu developed by Master Paolillo.  The methods within Tao style are created to help students develop and refine internal skills.  In this class students will be introduced to Snake Qigong, a short form that cultivates coiling energy, and Entering the Forest, a form that teaches how to apply energy through application on 8 posts.  Entering the Forest contains the footwork of Baguazhang and snake-like influence of Tai Chi Chuan.  This class also includes Silk Reeling Spiral Power Qigong, Bagua circle walking, stance training, and standing & sitting meditation.

Tuition options

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Mela Carreira

Assistant Instructor

Mela is a dedicated student and assistant instructor to Sifu Paolillo. A martial arts practitioner since 2001, Mela was called to the internal arts and Asheville area in 2011, where she first began training at Tao Institute. Over the course of her training, Mela has come to understand, live by and deeply respect the philosophies of the martial arts and Tao in every day life. Mela teaches the entry level classes at Tao Institute and is a main assistant under the direct supervision of Sifu Paolillo in classes throughout the curriculum.