Internal Arts Training in China
Valerie began studying Chinese internal martial arts in 1995 with New York Internal Arts, training in Xing Yi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang and Qi Gong.
Since 2001, Valerie has traveled to China numerous times to train intensively with masters Song Zhi Yong (Shanxi Xing Yi Quan), Gao Ji Wu (Beijing Gao Family Ba Gua Zhang), Zhang Hua Sen (Liang Zhen Pu Ba Gua Zhang) and Zhao Da Yuan (Liang Zhen Pu Ba Gua Zhang, Qin Na).
In 2014 Valerie became a disciple of Song Zhi Yong, and is Master Song’s only disciple outside of China.
Today Valerie is a senior instructor of Xing Yi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang and Qi Gong with Internal Arts International, and teaches in New York and France with her husband, Tom Bisio. She is also editor and contributor to the Internal Arts International library on the IAI website.
Valerie has also been intricately involved with documenting, preserving and sharing these rare and effective arts through Internal Arts International Online Learning Programs and many books about Chinese Internal Martial Arts including:
The Essentials of Ba Gua Zhang (2007) by Gao Ji Wu and Tom Bisio, photos by Valerie Ghent
The Attacking Hands of Ba Gua Zhang (2010) by Gao Ji Wu, photos by Valerie Ghent
Xing Yi Quan: Tu Na Si Ba (2014) by Song Zhi Yong, photos by Valerie Ghent
The Xing Yi Quan of Master Li Gui Chang: Wu Xing & Lian Huan (2017) by Song Zhi Yong, photos by Valerie Ghent
Practical Qin Na Volume 1 (2016) by Zhao Da Yuan, cover photo by Valerie Ghent
Practical Qin Na Volume 2 (2017) by Zhao Da Yuan – cover photo by Valerie Ghent
Ba Gua Nei Gong Volumes 1-6 (2014-2015) by Tom Bisio – photos by Valerie Ghent
Foundational Ba Gua Zhang (2014)
Intermediate Ba Gua Zhang (2016)
Xing Yi Nei Gong (2016)
Six Healing Sounds (2017)
Five Element Qi Gong (2018)
Seasonal Qi Gong (2020)
Daoist Yoga (2020)
Complete Dao Yin (2020)