Tai Chi Arts Association
Shi fu Robert P. Goodman
I have been blessed to be a student and friend with two 'old world' masters. For over twenty years I have studied the internal arts of Tai Chi, Bagua and Xingyi privately with Grandmaster Bow Sim Mark. In my classes I teach a complete system of Taiji to students of all ages and physical conditions for health, stress reduction, personal enjoyment and to improve their equestrian experience.
I also continue my Equestrian Dressage training under the tutelage of Jean Pierre Guiotat from the Cadre Noir de Saumur, the French Riding School. Over the years Jean Pierre and I have discussed the similarities between proper equestrian riding and proper Taiji; hence with his encouragement I began teaching Tai-questrian method of riding to my students with great success.
For fourteen years, Shi fu (pronounced Shur foo or teacher) formally studied with masters from a Shaolin-Kempo martial arts system. During that time I had a studio to teach men, women and children`s classes while continuing with my own Taiji studies. I then closed my martial arts studio to concentrate all of my energies on Wudang, the internal style of Wushu, which includes the study of Taiji, Bagua, Xingyi.
I studied Tai Chi Chuan with a variety of instructors until 1994 when I became a private student of Grandmaster Bow Sim Mark. This is when I began my studies in earnest in the internal and healing arts of the Wudang style. I received authorization from Grandmaster Bow Sim Mark to begin teaching Wushu and Tai Chi Chuan, and today I continue to instruct my students to honor Master Mark and her teachings.
In May of 2000, as a member of the Bow Sim Mark Wushu Theater Performing Art Troupe, I traveled with Grandmaster Mark and a special group of her students to Shanghai to perform Wushu Theater. The performance was televised throughout China and our troupe was very well received and awarded 2nd place. It was at this 5th World Wushu Festival in Shanghai that I received the 'Best Demonstration Award' for my performance of Taiji.
" In America we are fortunate to have Master Bow Sim Mark as our Teacher and trainer for proper Wushu training. She brings her many years of dedication to the authentic practice of this ancient art, with a modern understanding of what her students require to grow and become more flexible and healthy. "
Robert is also an equestrian instructor and trainer, utilitizing Tai-questrian method to integrate horseback riding lessons and training with Tai Chi principles - Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org