Who ARE These Guys?

Who am I?

img_0262Katrina began training with me first as a Taiji student and then later as a Kung Fu student back in 2010. She was one of the first handful of students to walk in the door, and her own life experience is vastly different from my own. Where I might come across as a bit of a drill sergeant at times, she has a very playful and open-minded approach to both teaching and learning martial arts. She is constantly concocting training exercises and new ways of understanding what she studies.

You will rarely find a more loyal, stalwart, intrepid, and yet gentle person.

But what about HER teacher?

Sifu Robert in Monkey poseWell, my name’s Robert Gardner. Fair question. In most aspects, I’d guess that I’m pretty much just like you – someone choosing to walk the path of the warrior in a quest for true mastery.

In 1988, my parents desperately threw me into a Karate class, hoping it would help my coordination and temper my temper. I was 8 years old at the time. They certainly got what they wanted, but that one act also created a martial arts nerd of epic proportions.

Since then, I have trained to some degree or another in Karate, Taekwondo, Judo, Jujitsu, Wing Chun, Systema, Krav Maga, Tai Chi, Bagua, Xingyi, and – for the past 2 decades – a vast array of Kung Fu styles (animals, weapons, northern shaolin, southern, drunken, etc.). I’ve traipsed across the United States in search of legitimate masters to teach me their skills. I’ve taught seminars and classes in various locations. I’ve run my own local Kung Fu school. I’ve connected with yogis, qigong practitioners, and energy healers of all sorts. I’ve learned both Eastern and Western energy healing practices. I’ve even visited the ancient martial sites in China and done joint demonstrations with the monks at the Shaolin and Wudang temples.

Some of my teachers include Grandmaster Chang Sin Kwang, Garry Mullins, Scott Meredith, Waysun Liao, Scott Phillips, Richard Clear, Gordon Feng, Al Simon, Marcus Santer, Joyce Harader, Ravi Shankar, and others.

But none of that name dropping makes me any better as a martial artist, as a teacher, or as a healer – let alone as a person. Whatever merit I have has come from striving to embody the principles and attributes that I have trained for so long. I still fancy myself as a warrior-seeker on an epic quest for true personal mastery. In my 25+ years of experience, I have learned some remarkable, mind-boggling, and out-of-the-way things that quite simply need to be passed on. These I gladly offer to teach to any honest seeker.

My Energy Healing Practice: BCST and Chi Kung Healer

During my years of training, I often heard things like this:

As did the immortals, we must learn to destroy so that we may preserve. It is a way of truth.

I have absolutely no wish to detract from the wisdom of statements like this. However, some years ago, I realized that if I was going to be teaching others how to destroy, then I had also better learn how to put things back together again – a yin for all that yang.

That search led me to training both as a Fa Kung Qigong Healer and as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. Both approaches have given me new eyes for working with the body’s natural capacity to heal itself. And I’ve been able to participate in some pretty amazing – almost miraculous – results as well. I’ve worked on everything from minor and major bumps and bruises (concussions, bone breaks, sprains, and other martial artsy issues) to chronic emotional and physical challenges that people have been dealing with for years (child abuse, major accidents, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, others).

I’ve even done sessions over the phone from hundreds of miles away!

So if this is something you’re interested in exploring for yourself, contact me here

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