Dr. Totton has taught at five colleges and universities, including two schools of Traditional Oriental Medicine. His Doctoral Dissertation in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University examined meditation as an altered state of consciousness, and looked at ways to maximize the therapeutic benefits of meditation and mindfulness.
Dr. Totton is the M.S.U. Clinical Psychologist, Professor, Taoist Priest, Martial Arts Grandmaster, and Shamanic energy healer. He is also the Founder and Director of the Taoist Institute in North Hollywood where he teaches many traditional Chinese martial, healing, meditative, and spiritual arts. He has trained in the Martial Arts since 1963 and taught in the same location since 1981. He is the co-editor of the book Kenpo Continuum, volume 2.
Dr. Totton was inducted into the Martial Arts History Museum and United States Martial Arts Halls of Fame, and is listed in over twenty volumes of Who’s Who biographies, including Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
His martial arts background includes training in Chinese, Ed Parker Lineage Kenpo, Kung Fu, Limalama, Kajukenbo, Tai Chi Chuan, Hsing-I, Pa Kua, Lu Ho Ba Fa, Aikido, and Arnis. He received direct private instruction from the pioneering Martial Arts Instructors Ark Yuey Wong, Share K. Lew, Edmund K. Parker Sr., Haumea Lefiti, Tino Tuiolosega, John Leoning, Remy Presas, Doo Wai, John Fey, Ralph Shun, York Why Loo, and Chen Xiaowang, among others.
Dr. Totton is the founder of “The Core System,” a new method of integrating the ancient roots of the traditional healing, spiritual, and martial arts and transforming them for contemporary applications. His favorite quotation comes from Dr. Charles Richet, winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine: “I didn’t say it was possible. I only said it was true.”