Scott Phillips

Over the last four decades Scott Park Phillips has been changing the way people comprehend human movement. His insatiable enthusiasm for creating new models for the transmission of traditional Chinese movement arts has had a profound influence on other innovators and teachers. From traditional Chinese martial arts, to daredevil skateboarding, to world dance, to the golden elixir practices of Daoist moving meditation, his vision of theatricality expressed inside of Daoist cosmology is seamlessly intertwined with insights into healing, self-defense, emotional maturity, and the unfolding of interpersonal empowerment. 

His influential 2016 book Possible Origins has changed the way people think about the deep connections between martial arts, theater and religions worldwide. Scott taught kungfu as improvisational musical-theater to thousands of children over two decades with Performing Arts Workshop in San Francisco. As a professor working with American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine he innovated a vocabulary for conceptualizing the human body that is transforming the way advanced bodywork is being practiced today. He is a fast thinker, a disruptor of convention, and deeply open to collaborative, spontaneous learning. Scott’s articles on Daoism in America, Daoyin, and the theatrical history of Tai Chi have been published by the prestigious Journal of Daoist Studies. He is wrapping up his next book, which blows the lid off of the history of internal martial arts as a path to enlightenment and will be published later this year.

Scott Park Phillips began studying Chinese martial arts as a child with Bing Gong and has had a life long relationship with Chinese Martial arts innovator George Xu. He was a professional Modern dancer in his twenties, and was mentored in Indian dance by Chitresh Das and Congolese dance by Malonga Casquelourd. In 1996 he began a nine year intensive study relationship with Daoist teacher Liu Ming. He now lives in Boulder, Colorado.