Allen began studying Yang style tai chi in 1982 with Joshua Grant. He was attracted both to the study itself and the immediate increase in overall aliveness in his life and has continued since. He studied extensively with Bruce Frantzis and, since 2003, with Don Ethan Miller. Other important teachers have been Ha Fong, Zhiliang Duan, Robert Tangora and Peter Wayne. In 2007 he suffered a life threatening illness. Since then tai chi has been his primary commitment to enhancing his health and well-being while aging. He loves the training methods, push hands, and especially the spiritual and meditative aspects of the art. Allen has been teaching since 2010.