The Controversial Paulie Zink

Paulie Zink is an influential and controversial figure in both yoga and martial arts. He is the force behind Yin Yoga, for which he receives little to no credit, and is the master of Monkey Kung Fu, though accused of being a fake. Good for him. Simultaneously pissing off and exciting so many people is a remarkable accomplishment.


Part of the problem with Paulie is that his initial impact on people is disconcerting. The way he stands, sits, and speaks doesn’t fit into a category established for a teacher or even a human. Watching him do mundane things is mesmerizing. Not knowing where to place him confuses people and they try to fill in the blanks by making up a bunch of shit; either mythologizing or belittling, depending on what they wanted from him. He is unambitious about joining the world and unconcerned about fitting in - basically a recluse.

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Craig Balcom has devoted the bulk of his life to the study, practice, and teaching of traditional martial arts and yoga. Holding black belts in several styles, Craig is also an instructor of multiple styles of Tai Ji and Kung Fu and was an international champion on the martial arts circuit. Craig is the highest ranking instructor of Yin Yoga in the world, having studied directly under the founder for over ten years. Craig has authored a book and instructional video on Tai Ji and has several...Read more