Bob began study of
martial arts in the mid 1970's, starting with Chito Ryu Karate and Toi
Gar Southern Shaolin. In 1976, he included study of Yang Style Taiji.
Around 1980 he changed his focus to Wu style taijiquan and studied with
direct disciples of Wu Chien Chuan and Wu Kong Yi, lineage holders of
Wu taijiquan. In the mid 1990's, Bob made connections with some of the
best Chen stylists in the country, Ren Guang-yi and Zhang Xue Xin. He
brought them to Rochester to teach at seminars and also studied with
them in other settings. He later brought Chen Xiao Wang, lineage holder
of Chen style, to Rochester and also participated in his seminars around
the country. In addition to attending many martial art seminars and
camps from a variety of disciplines, Bob also studied jujitsu and judo,
and is currently studying Ba Gua.
Nigro practices and teaches Chen and Wu style taiji in Rochester, New
York. He has been involved in the martial arts since the early 1960’s.
His experience includes Chito Ryu Karate, multiple kung fu styles, and
training in Yang, Wu, and Chen styles of taiji. His teachers include
lineage holders in both Wu and Chen styles. Ron draws on his experience
as a teacher and former school principal to present lessons that emphasize
correct internal body mechanics, physical conditioning, precise forms,
and effective training. He establishes a relaxed yet focused atmosphere
that promotes skill development and clear understanding and practice
of the underlying principles. He continues to pursue his studies by
attending seminars with a variety of recognized Chen style practitioners,
including Chen Xiao Wang, the 19 generation lineage holder and current
head of Chen style; Chen Xiao Xing, headmaster in Chen Village, Ren
Guang Yi, and others.
George Has studied
Wu and Chen Style Taijiquan, and qigong for over 20 years. His
Wu style study included instruction from disciples of Wu Chien Chuan
and Wu Kong Yi, lineage holders of Wu taijiquan. George's primary interest
is in taijiquan for health, and to further his understanding he has
been studying anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and exercise science.
He also has first
aid and CPR certification.