Pat Rice has been involved in Chinese martial arts and health practices since 1975 and has studied extensively in the U.S. and abroad from well-known masters. She has studied taijiquan, qigong, and other arts privately in China and in Europe, having traveled for that purpose to China nine times.
She was an athlete member of the 1988 U.S. Wushu Team and competed in taijiquan at the International Wushu Invitational Tournament in Hangzhou, China, where she met Master Yang Zhen-duo.
She earned a diploma at the Wushu International Judges Course in Shanghai in 1988 and is certified by the China Wushu Association to judge in international tournaments. She has sponsored, directed, and judged at numerous tournaments, and has taught courses in tournament management and judges training.
She has been an administrative member of several Chinese martial arts organizations, and served four years (1985-1999) as a member of the Technical Committee of the International Wushu Federation and attended three World Wushu Tournaments (Baltimore, Rome, Hong Kong) as an administrator.
She has published several articles on taijiquan, wushu, and self defense.
She is Director of “A Taste of China,” an organization that since 1983 has presented taijiquan training seminars featuring many notable masters and has taken several student groups to China, and which from 1988-1985 organized the “U.S.A. All-Taijiquan Championships.” She was named in 1999 by Inside Kung Fu magazine as one of the 100 most influential persons in martial arts in the U.S. in the past 100 years. She was inducted into Inside Kung Fu’s 2001 Hall of Fame for “Outstanding Contribution to Martial Arts.”
She has conducted workshops in the U.S. and abroad for more than 25 years. She has taught at Shenandoah University and Lord Fairfax Community College in Virginia. She has been Director and Instructor at the Yang Chang-fu Center/Shenandoah Taijiquan Center in Winchester, Virginia since 1992.