dennis bussell (11/26/1959 - 4/2/2009)


Dennis Bussell was the President and Director of Integrated World Arts Inc, a non-profit cultural arts organization. He studied Taijiquan, Qigong, Wing Tsung, Acupressure and Acupuncture. Later in life he trained in the martial arts of Jeet Kune Do, Kali Escrima, and Tae Kwon Do.

Dennis Bussell was renowned for his teaching of the Ting Family Style of Taijiquan. Dennis met the Tings as a late adolescent and trained with them for several years, the last of which he lived with the family. Dennis held their teachings in reverence and shared it to help people. One of his favorite moments occurred when he discovered one of his elderly students walked away from his class and left his cane.


Dennis Bussell was of Cherokee descent and was raised around Native American Culture. He had a great understanding and knowledge of Native American art forms, customs and ceremonies and enjoyed sharing the traditions with others. Dennis was also awarded the distinction of pipe carrier for the Cherokee people.

Dennis was a compassionate teacher, brother, father, friend to all and always acted to make the world and those he came in contact with a little better in some way. 
He is missed.

This biographical video of Ting Family Taijiquan (tai chi chuan) teacher, Dennis Bussell, is compiled from old, archival footage from as early as 1992. In the video Dennis briefly talks about Ting Taijiquan and his experiences in learning. He ends with the advice to continue practicing for the rest of one's life.



Josh Eaves began studying martial arts at five years old. In his childhood, he studied primarily Tae Kwon Do. As Josh grew, so did his interest in martial arts. By the time he was in his teens, he studied kungfu, Lee Tzun Gin, Silat, and Jeet Kune Do. Josh met Dennis Bussell as a young teenager. Soon thereafter, taijiquan became Josh’s primary style of martial art. He found that not only did taijiquan excel as a fighting style, borrowing the best devastating attacks from the other styles he studied, but taijiquan also provided the conceptual framework to improve on and combine those skills. 

Dennis Bussell approved Josh to teach Ting Taijiquan in 1999. For the next 10 years, Dennis continued to challenge and train Josh. Shortly before his death in 2009, Dennis awarded Josh full instructor privileges for the Ting Family System. Since Dennis’ passing, Josh dedicated his energy to preserving and promoting the Ting Family System. This website and companion youtube channel are a part of this endeavor. 

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