About Us

What We Do And Who We Are

Green Dragon Tai Chi & Qigong offers classes in the ancient Chinese martial art Tai Chi, mixed with techniques from Qigong—both excellent ways to build strength and life energy known as Chi. Green Dragon is led by experienced martial artist and instructor Chris Burnett.

Chris Burnett Senior Instructor


Certified as a Master Level Instructor by the American Tai Chi and Qigong Association Chris Burnett has trained in martial Arts and wrestling since 1977. In 2013 he was able to dedicate his life to Martial Arts full time. Previous training includes Bak Mei, Shaolin Five Animals, and Yang and Chen style Tai Chi Chuan. Having trained in empty hand forms and various weapons he founded Green Dragon Tai Chi and Qigong in 2014.  Along his journey Chris fell in love with the energy work associated with Tai Chi and Qigong and became a student of Medical Qigong. Today He teaches private lessons and group classes in the Greater Cleveland area for Health and Self Defense.

“It is my vision to create a healthy Tai Chi community. I want people to know that it’s good for all ages and physical abilities whether you are interested in health benefits or in martial arts.”

Jared Blakesmith Instructor


Jared Blakesmith has trained under various martial arts since he was in middle school. He first trained under his uncle who introduced him to the basics. From then on he would train in various kung fu including Wing Chun and Escrima. Over time Jared had sought to bring his martial practices more in line with his Taoist practices. This led him to Tai Chi and in 2016 he began studying the Chen style of Taijiquan. In the beginning of 2018 he began studying under Chris Burnett. Later that year Sifu Chris accepted him as a disciple and began an intense regimen of training and learning that has allowed him to take on teaching. Jared had taught martial arts in one way or another previously but Sifu Chris had confidence in him to help teach for the Green Dragon school. He is now certified in both Yang and Chen styles of Taijiquan for open-fist and various weapons.


What They Say About Us

“I really like Chris and his approach to teaching tai chi and chi gong. He is easy going and has a sense of humor with it all, which I enjoy and appreciate. He also teaches to your level, wherever it is, and is very patient. I also like that he is knowledgeable about the principles of tai chi, and explains them and demonstrates them. I especially enjoy Green Dragon Tai Chi because we take time to apply the movements of tai chi as a martial art, and we practice in a non competitive way (well, sometimes competitive). ;-)”

Michael Benjamin


“I was fortunate to take several months of lessons with Chris this past year. He not only helped me refine my movements of the Yang style long form, he also opened my eyes to how the martial and health/meditative aspects of Tai Chi are inextricably connected. Though we didn’t have a chance to go into a lot of depth with Push Hands, I learned enough to glimpse what a powerful tool this practice would be toward mental and physical balance and strength. If I ever have a chance to reside in the NE Ohio area again, Chris will be my top choice for Tai Chi and Push Hands instruction. It’s going to be tough to find an instructor with his level of knowledge, passion and patience. Thank you, Sifu Chris!”

Tulsi Nadote


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