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Academic Martial Art Resume

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LAN TRAN
4919 Monument Road, Philadelphia, PA 19131
lan.tran@iliqchuan.com / 215-868-0419

Internal Fusion Martial Art Founder and Group Leader for ZXD/ILC Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA 19131
With 40 years of training and 30 years of teaching shares his wealth of knowledge in classroom, seminar, and workshop settings K-16+ . Train students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds in concepts of movement and awareness of universal internal principles as conveyed through the Zhong Xin Dao approach to neutral standpoint, viewpoint of I Liq Chuan: the Martial Art of Awareness. Design and teach regular classes, private tutorials, corporate seminars, and academic courses tailored to meet participants’ needs. 2013- present.

Academic Courses Taught
Adjunct professor. Cabrini University. Dept. of History and Political Science. Radnor, PA
Teach AST 324 Martial Arts and the Diaspora: Arts of Awareness, Ways of Life. Undergraduate elective course in American Studies major offered through the Department of History and Political Science. Adjunct lecturer. (2014– present).

Adjunct Lecturer. University of Pennsylvania. University of Liberal & Professional Studies. Philadelphia, PA
Teach Folk 579 Moved to Learn—Martial Arts, Ethnography, & the Arts of Awareness in Everyday Life Graduate-level seminar offered as part of the Master of Liberal Arts Program (Spring terms 2016; 2015).

Secondary Reader for Interdisciplinary Master’s Capstone Thesis. Philadelphia, PA
University of Pennsylvania Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) Program. Thesis: Polyglot Yourself and Others: A Creative Analysis and Exploration of Accelerated Language Acquisition through Reflections on Learning How to Learn, summer 2016.

Academic Presentations, Grants, Conferences, Activities
Presenter. International Martial Arts Studies Conference at Cardiff University. Wales, UK. Co-presenting with Dr. Nancy Watterson: “Mindfulness, Metacognition, and Martial Arts: I Liq Chuan and Arts of Awareness.” July 2016.

The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE) Conference: “Learning How to Learn through Learning How to Move: Using Zhong Xin Dao / I Liq Chuan: The Martial Art of Awareness in Academic Contexts. Poster Presentation related to Conference theme:: “Transforming Higher Education: Fostering Contemplative Inquiry, Community and Social Action”. Upcoming October 2016

Project Co-Director. Submitted National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) Humanities grant as part of the NEH Summer Programs in the Humanities for School and University Educators. Proposed a 2017 Summer Institute titled Mindful Movement Meets Martial Arts & Meta-cognition (pending decision: will be announced in August 2016)

SEPCHE (South Eastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education) Poster Presentation. Celebration of Scholarship. Presented with my co-investigator, Nancy L. Watterson, Ph.D.. Grant awarded as part of the initiative “Building Faculty Capacity for 21st Century Teaching.” Poster presentation, “Moved to Learn: Assessing Students' Awareness of Learning Processes through Mindful Martial Arts,” highlighted the use of metacognitive strategies that combine movement and stillness, mindfulness and martial arts. 12 May 2015

Annual Faculty Research and Scholarship Celebration. "AST 324: Martial Arts & The Diaspora: Learning About Learning, Learning The Process of Learning. ” Cabrini University. May 2016; May 2015

History Forum: “Where Body-based Learning Meets Mindful Martial Arts.” Co-presented with Nancy Watterson, Associate Professor of American Studies. Cabrini University. Department of History and Political Science. 1 Nov. 2014.

Grants Awarded
Externally Funded
Co-Director of Academic Initiative for the Zhong Xin Dao/I Liq Chuan Federation of I Liq Chuan (The Martial Art of Awareness). Spring 2016. Appointed by Grand Master Sam F.S. Chin to co-direct with Nancy Watterson, PhD, the international development of the Zhong Xin Dao Academic Approach, beginning with higher education initiatives.

SEPCHE (South Eastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education) Initiative. Co-author/co-investigator. Grant awarded as part of the initiative “Building Faculty Capacity for 21st Century Teaching.” Research proposal, titled “Moved to Learn: Assessing Students' Awareness of Learning Processes through Mindful Martial Arts,” explores the use of metacognitive strategies that combine movement and stillness, mindfulness and martial arts.” (Grant received September 2014)

Internally Funded
Cabrini University Faculty Summer Development Grant. Partnered with Dr. Nancy Watterson on “Moved to Learn: Ongoing Training in I Liq Chuan: Improving Students' Awareness of Learning Processes through Mindful Martial Arts.” May 2015.
Cabrini University Faculty Summer Development Grant. Partnered with Dr. Nancy Watterson on “Moved to Learn: Internal Fusion and AST 400—Martial Arts and the Diaspora: Ways of Life.” 2014.

Co-Administrator of Online Forums – A selective on-line forum comprised of master martial arts teachers for the exchange and study of internal arts from various systems. Mission: “Group members speak plainly of internal arts practices with the hope that all may find common understanding or learn something new. Through polite discourse we seek ways to improve ourselves and share with the spirit ” Also contribute regularly to other prominent martial arts fora, keeping abreast of most current translations of Tai Chi classics, best practices in teaching, and on-going debates, thereby fostering international dialogue. Also serves as online advocate for the no kill animal rights movement and as a co-director of the Recycled Purrs Shelter (a non-profit organization).

Tournament Judge
• Wong People Tournament. Washington, D.C., 2004 - present
• International Chinese Martial Arts Competition. Washington, D.C., 2011- 2012
• Gift of Tai Chi Tournament. Baltimore, MD, 2009-2011
• Siu Lum Academy of South Philadelphia Annual Tournament. Philadelphia, PA, 1998-2001

Seminar Organizer, Master Teacher
Mindfulness Movements and Energetics Chi Movement Arts Center, S. Philadelphia, PA 19147
• Movement Energetics, Part I, June 2013
• Peng, Lu, Ji, An: Movement Energetics Part II, September 2013

Selected Public Presentations / Demonstrations
• Youth Empowerment “Save Our Kids Thru Martial Arts” at University City High School, Philadelphia, PA, 2011
• Chinese New Year Celebration, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology & Anthropology. 2010
• Wong People Master’s Demonstration Washington, D.C., 2000-2013

Other Work Experience: Information Technology Specialist -Service-oriented Senior Helpdesk analyst with over 15 years background in Helpdesk/Desktop/Network environments. Adaptive Solutions LLC Remote helpdesk analyst, assisting 50 global law firms. (Nov 2015-present) . Allegis Systems @ Morgan Lewis & Bockius Senior Helpdesk Analyst (Nov 2006 – Nov 2015).

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