Matthew Stampe is both a LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) with Virginia Department of Health’s Board of Nursing, and and LAc (Licensed Acupuncturist) with Virginia Department of Health’s Board of Medicine. He has been nationally certified under the National Certification Board for Massage Therapy and Bodywork (NCBTMB) since 2006. He has completed his National acupuncture certification with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in 2019.
While living as student at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond Virginia, Matthew’s lifestyle was deeply involved in Chinese martial arts, Chinese diet therapy and herbs, acupuncture, tui-na (Chinese massage), Cheng Man Ching’s Yang short form, qigong, and Taoist mountain practices since 1990 through the Tao Experience Foundation and Tidewater Tai Chi. Hatha Yoga, TM (Transcendental meditation), Taoist neigong, Japanese Rinzai Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism (Bon Dzogchen) meditative disciplines were learned and practiced under strict guidance to explore the nature of the mind and the true source of well-being.
“I believe acupuncture works best with a series of treatments with dietary and lifestyle adjustments, along with teaching patients some basic acupressure and qigong.” Matt often says.
In 1992, Matthew was eventually introduced to Coach He Weiqi and her husband Coach Xu Jengheng from Shanghai China, and began learning the Traditional Yang long form and Taijiquan (T’ai Chi Chuan) curriculum. Coach He, a disciple of Fu Zhongwen, was the President of the U.S. Chapter of the Yongnian Taijiquan Association. Through Coach He, Matthew was able to train with Taiji legends like Fu Zhongwen, Fu Shengyuan, and James Fu. Coach He also brought Shanghai team member Coach Zhou Jianhua to help the Richmond wushu team and host seminars for Xia Baihua, Cai Hong Xiang, Madame Zhu Ru, Liang Shouyu, Sam Masich and Nick Gracenin. Matt took interest in traveling masters like Chen Xiaowang, Chen Zhenglei, Ben Lo, and William CC Chen over the years as well.
Since moving to Northern Virginia, and training under Coach Lu Xiaoling, he holds a Black sash level 3 from Omei Shaolin kung fu school (1997-2002). Chinese Martial Arts Institute (CMAI) and United States Wushu Academy (USWA) are other Chinese schools Matt has attended. Matt spent 7 years at Northern Virginia Mixed Martial arts (Novamma) with Coaches Jeff Ruth, Dave Carter, Derek Sierra, Brooks Miller, Shin Kim, Seph Smith and Ryan Hall to deepen his training and sport combat experiance. Matt stays true to Taijiquan as he stays in contact with several local and international martial art masters, events, and national/international competitons. He is a member of the “International Yang Family Taijiquan Association“ since 2003, and ranked level 3 “Gold Eagle“.
Image below: International Yang Family Taijiquan Association. Coach Xu Taijiquan Institute, and International Wushu participant for COVID-19 online event 2020.
Matthew graduated from Qi Elements school of Massage and Tai Chi in Herndon Virginia in 2005.
He has trained at professional Chinese martial art schools (in China and USA), MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Muay Thai (in Thailand and USA), and Boxing schools under professional fight coaches and with professional athletes and fighters. He did much of his body work at various MMA, Crossfit gyms, and martial arts schools helping athletes, coaches, and fighters for competition events. Matt competed in combat sports like Taiji tui shou (mid-range grappling) and full contact fight events in the ring and lei tai, a raised platform used in Chinese martial arts.
To further his deep interest in Oriental medicine, Matthew devoted 4 years toward a degree in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine. He graduated with a MSA (Masters of Science in Acupuncture) in December 2018 from Virginia University of Integrative Medicine in Fairfax Virginia. Integrative medicine is both western medicine at the level of a registered nurse and Oriental medicine.
Matt has taught both public classes in Qigong and Taijiquan (Tai Chi) since 1994, and currently public and didactic classes at Virginia University of Integrative Medicine since 2014.
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