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Robert Chu, L.Ac., QME, MSOM, Ph.D.
Chinese/Ayurvedic Herbalist - Licensed Acupuncturist

Picture: Robert Chu, SigungRobert Chu (Chu Sau Lei) began practicing the martial and Chinese healing arts since childhood. Robert is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, specializing in the Master Tung Acupuncture and Optimal Acupuncture methods in which he effectively treats pain, industrial injuries, sports injuries, and neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Chu also treats a wide variety of internal diseases including hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, psoriasis, thyroid disorders, gynecological disorders and side-effects from cancer treatments. He is appointed by the Industrial Medical Council as a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME).

Dr. Chu was formerly affiliated with the St. Vincent Medical Center, Center for Health and Healing, as the first fulltime Acupuncturist on staff and treated cancer patients with Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy Qigong and Tai Chi.

Dr. Chu is a former faculty member of Samra University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles, where he taught acupuncture. He has also taught Tai Chi and Qigong at Loyola Law School. Dr. Chu volunteers at Pasadena's Wellness Community, where he does monthly lectures on Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy for Cancer Patients and a weekly lifestyle/nutrition and Qi Gong class for cancer patients. In July of 2004, Dr. Chu was selected as the Acupuncturist to Olympic athletes at the Olympic Trials held in Sacramento, CA.

Dr. Chu also lectures nationally and internationally on Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to provide continuing education to MD's and Acupuncturists. In 2003, he founded the International Association of Optimal Acupuncture and Clinical Chinese Medicine to spread his effective clinical system.

He also serves as President of the ITARA - International Tung's Acupuncture Research Association, which he founded in 2005, to preserve, standardize, educate, and research new applications of the Tung family system of Acupuncture with integrity, open sharing, and a goal to help end suffering in fellow beings.

Dr. Chu also follows the tradition of Chen Chao, the founder of I Ching Acupuncture. He has been decorated as an honorary member of the Finnish Traditional Chinese Medicine Society of Acupuncture and Herbs and a Therapist member of the National Register of Acupuncture Therapists in Finland. Dr. Chu is also listed as a Master Practitioner of Oriental Bodywork Therapy and Master Practitioner of Tui-Na Manipulations, awarded by the International Association of Tui-Na Therapies in London, England. He has lectured at Emperor's College of TCM, CSOMA, and other functions as a dynamic and entertaining speaker.

In the martial arts world, he specializes in combat application and health aspects with a focus on the Yip Man Wing Chun Kuen system as taught to him by Hawkins Cheung and the Yuen Kay-San and Gulao Wing Chun Kuen systems as taught to him by Kwan Jong-Yuen. Robert teaches at his school in Los Angeles, where he is the chief instructor of the Dragon Gate Martial Arts Academy, and is head of the International Chu Sau Lei Wing Chun Kuen Association , which has branch schools throughout the USA, Europe and South East Asia. He is the co-author of Complete Wing Chun, (Charles E. Tuttle Co, Inc, 1998) and has written numerous articles for Inside Kung Fu, Martial Arts Legends, Inside Martial Arts, Martial Arts Combat Sports, CJOM, Acupuncture Today and featured in other publications. He has also been featured in the book, Kung Fu Masters (Unique Publications, 2002). Dr. Chu is also proficient in Tai Chi, Xing Yi, Ba Gua and Shaolin systems of martial arts.

A Chinese Buddhist medicine healer in the tradition of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, in 2004, Robert was awarded a Ph.D. in Buddhist Ayurveda from the non-profit college Ayurveda Healing Arts Institute ( in Berkeley, California. Always seeking to better himself, he is a dedicated scholar and has continued his studies with other great masters of Acupuncture and Herbology.

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Robert Chu, L.Ac., QME, MSOM, PhD


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