Our School

About Tai Chi and the Mind Body Shen School

Tai Chi ( or Taiji, short for Taiji Quan or T'ai Chi Ch’uan, meaning “supreme ultimate fist”) is a Chinese martial art practiced for both self defense and health benefits.  Most modern styles of Tai Chi stem from one of five traditional schools:  Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun.  Mind Body Shen practices the Yang style under the leadership of Grandmaster Derrick Trent.


Tai Chi practice can lead to improved physical and mental well-being. It can be practiced by individuals in any physical condition: young or old, strong or weak.


The Mind Body Shen school teaches short forms, weapons forms, qigong, and push hands.  Students learn about the circulation of qi (or "chi" – life force/energy) through the body meridians and the martial arts applications of the form movements. 

Students have an opportunity to participate in the broader Tai Chi/martial arts community at events such as World Tai Chi Day and the Wong People Kung Fu Tournament.

Our Teachers

Dr. Derrick Trent

Dr. Derrick Trent is the founder of the Mind Body Shen System and the Mind Body Shen Network.  Dr. trent is a Grandmaster,  Head Tai Chi instructor of MBS, a Qigong therapist, and a Recreational Consultant.  Dr. Trent is certified by the NYC International Federation Division of Training, the Tai Chi International Federation, and the United Warrior Association.  In addition to being a Tai Chi instructor, Grandmaster Trent has Doctorate Degree in Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine , is a Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist,  and holds a rank of 8th degree black belt with over 30 years of experience.

Special Achievements

  • Master Instructor Mind Body Shen Taiji Wholistic Academy

  • Mind Body Shen Taiji Network

  • Editor of Mind, Body, Shen Sanbao Magazine

  • Recreational Consultant and Qi-Gong Therapist

  • Featured in overseas magazines

  • Certified 8th Degree Black Belt

  • Founder of the Harbor Teen Physical Education Tournament

  • Founder of the Martial Artist against Drugs College Scholarship

  • Founder of Martial Artists Join in Unity Invitational Tournament

  • Founder of The Martial Arts Escort Service under the Mayor David Dinkins stop the violence program

  • Lifetime member of the United Warriors Associates & Tai Ji Federation

  • Action Martial Arts magazine Hall of Honor 2005 inductee

  • 2019 AMA Magazine Hall of Honors inductee Past & Present Who's Who Member Directory

As a Martial Arts Competitor

  • Member of the NYC International Federation Division of Training

  • Member of the United Warrior Association

  • Grand Champion fighter, forms, and weapons competitor

  • Grandmaster Dick Vidas UNCOON Tournament of Hope

  • Grand Champion fighter and forms competitor

  • Grand National Tournament (hosted by Grand Master Aaron banks)

  • Numerous awards and first place titles on local level from 1979 to present

Grand Master Theodore J. Vick

Grand Master Vick is a 7th degree black belt with over 50 years of martial arts experience and has been with Mind, Body Shen since conception.


Special Achievements

      Diamond Lifetime contributions/ 50 years

      Lifetime member of United Warriors Unified Martial Federation

  • AMA Magazine Hall of Honors inductee Past & Present Who's Who Member Directory 2019

  • Action Martial Arts Magazine's Hall of Honors 2009 inductee

  • American Shotokan Appreciation Award 2008

  • Lifetime Appreciation Award Mind Body & Shen 2005 and 2007

  • Tai Ji Hall of Fame certificate of Martial Arts Dedication 2007

  • National Youth Sports Program Appreciation Award 2002

Master Craig Adams

Master Craig Adams is director of the MBS youth department. With over 30 years of training in martial arts, he holds a black belt ranking in various martial arts include Chinese Kung Fu and Karate. Master Adams also coordinates events and has shown dedication to his students by supporting them not only as a martial arts instructor but as a mentor to many of his students outside of the martial arts world. He is deeply committed to helping students better themselves as martial artist and as people, in general.

Special Achievements

  • Action Martial Arts Magazine's Hall of Honors 2010 Inductee

  • 1st Place ranking in various Tournaments

  • Member of the United Warriors Federation of Taiji

  • Worked with ACDP

  • Worked with Derek Jeter Foundation

  • Worked with Pathways For Youth Foundation

Sifu Jorge Perez

Sifu Jorge Perez is the head instructor of the MBS youth department at the ACDP Beacon @ MS 117 under Master Craig Adams. He has been with the school for over nine years and was promoted to Sifu on Novermber 10, 2007.  After his promotion and upon graduation from Morrisville State College, he became head instructor of the youth department.  Sifu Perez has participated in various tournaments, events and performances. Sifu Perez also has a varied background in different martials arts: Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate-Do, Kwon Kido Ryo Judo, and Capoeira.

Special Achievements

  • Action Martial Arts magazine Hall of Honor 2011 inductee

  • United Fellowship of Martial Artist Hall of Fame 2010 inductee

Sifu Pedro Molano

Sifu Molano has been with MBS for over 20 years and is one of our graduates who recieved his black sash under Sigung Derrick Trent on November 10, 2007. He also has a diverse taiji background, varying from Chen style to Yang Style. He has studied under Master C.K. Chu (Yang), Great Grand Master William C.C. Chen (Yang), Master Ren Guan Yi, and Sifu Jose Figueroa (Chen).

Previous to his taiji career, Sifu Molano also practiced Shotokan, Goyu Ryu and Ishin Ryu karate as well as Judo, as a member of the Puerto Rico/Japan Kodokan association and the Puerto Rican Federation of Judo for seven years. He earned a first degree brown belt and first place in the All Puerto Rico Judo competition at age 16.

Special Achievements

  • Action Martial Arts magazine Hall of Honor 2011 inductee

  • Tai Chi Sifu of the Year on May 9, 2015. Given by: United Fellowship of Martial Artists (UFOMA)

Sifu Daughn Thomas

Sifu Daugn Thomas is one of our instructors for the adult classes. She teaches a class for Lincoln Hospital employees and is also an assistant instructor for the MBS Saturday classes in Manhattan. She has practiced with MBS for eight years. Outside of martial arts, Sifu Thomas is a retired Master Sergeant USAR and is now a Professional Dental Hygienist and Professor at Eugena Maria Hostos College.

Special Achievements

  • Action Martial Arts magazine Hall of Honor 2011 inductee

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