The Taoist Institute

Helping You To Find the Path of Serenity for Your Life

The roots of Taoism reach back to the ancient Shamanic traditions of China 3,000 years ago. These currents were eventually expressed in poetic philosophy by the sages Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu. They taught that the source of all manifestation was ever present but beyond the limitations of verbal expression. The way to experience Tao was to become receptive, to empty the mind of limiting preconceptions and to harmonize with the flow of nature. Today, Taoism in the United States is characterized by the emergence of the “secret” traditions into the marketplace of the New Age subculture and the Chinese martial arts such as Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan. There are now a wide variety of Taoist methods and disciplines readily available to the interested student. Find out more about Taoism.

What’s this Tao all About? is a lighthearted journey through the wisdom of the Tao hosted by a Tao Master and a guy who’s hosted a bunch of comedy podcasts. In this first-of-its-kind Taoism podcast, Dr. Carl Totton and Tod Perry discuss the basic concepts of Taoism, chapters of “The Tao Te Ching,” and most importantly, how it can help you find peace and happiness in today’s world.

Click here to find out what this Tao is all about!

Chinese Internal Health and Martial Arts Classes With Grandmaster Carl Totton

Professor Carl Totton is the founder of the Taoist Institute. He has studied the Chinese healing, spiritual, and martial arts for over 45 years and is licensed as a clinical and educational psychologist.

He is certified as both a Reiki master, and qigongand martial arts grandmaster. He has worked in many clinical settings including private practice, hospitals, community mental health clinics, schools, and a college counseling center.

He teaches classes in all of the traditional Chinese internal and external martial arts including:

  • Kung fu/chuan fa (Shaolin & Taoist)
  • Monk Fist and Splashing Hands
  • Chinese and Hawaiian kenpo
  • Tai Chi Chuan
  • Pa Kua Chang, Hsing-I Chuan, Lu Ho Ba Fa (Water Boxing)
  • Chin Na (Joints locks & grappling)

Professor Totton also teaches qigong, Taoist meditation, and tui na, the ancient Chinese method of acupressure massage and medical qigong. Find out more about Dr. Carl Totton, the professional services he provides, and the classes that are available at the Taoist Institute in North Hollywood, California.


Learn More with Professional Training DVDs at Home

You can learn more, sharpen your skills, and train at home with Dr. Carl Totton’s DVD series. With DVDs on Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, internal martial arts combat, and the exciting Monk Fist series, you can learn the secrets of Dim Muk, Dim Xue, and Dim Ching. Visit our online store to browse the full selection of internal health and martial arts DVDs to build your skills at home.


A Full Range of Professional Services to Build Serenity and Regain Energy

Dr. Carl Totton does much more than teach classes at the Taoist Institute. He is a California State Licensed clinical psychologist who has specialized in advanced psychology, energy healing methods, consciousness and altered states and uses a variety of techniques and methods to promote health and inner energy and serenity. Find out more about his specialized training and about his professional services.

Methods used include:

  • Qigong
  • Reiki
  • Ho’oponopono
  • Flower of Life, Earth-Sky-Heart
  • Monroe Institute Hemi-Sync Technology
  • Remote Viewing
  • Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET)
  • Thought Field Therapy (TFT)
  • Healing The Light Body

Class Schedule

Chi Kung or Qigong
Chinese Meditation & Yoga

Tai Chi Chuan & Tai Chi Qigong
Beginner / Open: 10-11AM
Intermediate / Advanced: 11AM-12PM

Beginner / Open: 6-7PM
Intermediate / Advanced: 7-8PM

Chinese Kung Fu & Chuan Fa
Beginner / Open: 12:30-1:30PM
Intermediate: 12:30-2PM
Advanced: 12:30-3PM

Beginner / Open: 7-8PM
Intermediate: 7-8:30PM
Advanced: 7-10PM

Internal Chinese Martial Arts
Pa Kua Chang, Hsing-I Chuan, Lu Ho Ba Fa
By appointment only

Pay For Your Classes

If you would like to pay for your classes at the Taoist Institute, please click the button below and then enter your class fee on the next screen and pay securely with your credit card using PayPal.