Patricia Cutrara
Patricia Cutrara is an instructor with the Magic Tortoise school. She began her study of martial arts at age 11, with a hard style: Korean Tae Kwon Do. She earned the rank of third degree black belt and eventually taught all classes at a school in Raleigh NC. In college she became interested in Japanese Karate and rose to the rank of high-brown belt and assistant instructor. She practiced both staff and nunchaku in both styles. Starting a family and not wanting to stop training, she began Taijiquan in 2007, and fell in love with the art. Studying primarily with Dr. Jay Dunbar, she has learned the Shiba Luohan Gong and Magic Tortoise Taiji Heavy Ball. Tricia also studies the Chen Long Form, 5 Animal Frolics, Qigong, push hands, and Yang Style. She is adapting her weapons to Taiji principles. She has taught ages 4-100 and does seated versions of many of the forms for those with mobility issues.

The Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School
c/o Dr. Jay Dunbar, Director
15 Timberlyne Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-1522