Damir Tenodi, a master of therapeutic and martial arts, has been teaching
since 1968, starting with karate, then Tai Chi Chuan and
Chi Kung, initially in Zagreb, Croatia, and since 1983 in Sydney,
Australia, through his Therapeutic and Martial Arts Centre. In 2000,
he established the Anan-Do Centre in Sydney, teaching Anan-Do integrated
forms. He also teaches in Zagreb on a regular basis.
After many years of studying karate, in 1980 he started practising Yang
style Tai Chi Chuan with Dr. Tsao De Tsong, a medical practitioner
and Tai Chi master from China who spent several years in Zagreb.
On moving to Sydney, Shifu Tenodi began practising a variety of disciplines
with some of the finest masters of the internal martial arts. In 1984,
he began studying Chi Kung (18 Lohan Kung, Sil Lohan, Dai Lohan and
Wu Chi) with Sifu Chen Yong Fa, the keeper of the Choy Lee
Fut Kung Fu style, (who arrived from China and settled in Sydney in
1983) and in 1990 was made a Lohan Kung Instructor. In 1996, he passed
the Examination of the Curriculum and was awarded a diploma from the
Shaolin Luohan Therapeutic Qigong Centre in Sydney for 18 Luohan and
Siu Lohan – Qigong Medical Exercises.
Since 1988, Shifu Tenodi has also been practising another style of Tai
Chi, Chen style, and since 1991 he has been training with Sifu
Chen Xiaowang, the keeper of the style, who arrived from China and
settled in Sydney in 1990.
Shifu Tenodi has continued developing his study of Yang style
Tai Chi practising, from 1995 to 2002, with one of the best representatives
of the style, a former disciple of master Huang Sheng Shyan.
From 2000 to 2004, he has practised Hsing-I, with an excellent Taoist
master of the internal martial arts.
this continuous work with these masters of internal arts, Shifu Tenodi
defined and established a framework, a structure, that formed a foundation
for the next level of his work, which included integrating the forms.
This next level is inseparable from the Teachings of Master Ananda,
under whose guidance since 1987 Shifu Tenodi has been formulating his
Anan-Do teaching method.
* Shifu = a master’s
degree, a title in Kempo or traditional karate
Tenodi visits Zagreb, Croatia, on more or less regular basis, conducting
seminars for more advanced students.