Bobby's first exploration of the healing path came with his 6 years working in the field of emergency medicine as an EMT. More recently, his desire to serve the public had him graduating as Valedictorian of his Del Mar Regional Police Academy class in 2013. Bobby began his martial arts education in 1988 with Okinawan Karate, Taekwondo, and Western Boxing. In 1996 he went on to study Judo, Ju-Jitsu (Japanese and Brazilian) and Aikido. Additional training came in the arts of Modern Arnis and Escrima, Kendo, and Kobudo (traditional Okinawan weaponry). He began his teaching career in 2000.

In the summer of 2001, everything changed. Bobby fractured his pelvis and nearly lost his leg in a serious motorcycle accident. Doctors told him that he may never walk normally again. While recovering, he read about a martial art called “Tai Chi” and its associated therapeutic and health benefits. In 2002, with physical therapy completed, he still had limited mobility and decided to begin training in Yang Style Tai Chi. Noticing dramatic improvements in his mobility and strength, Tai Chi / Kung Fu quickly warranted all his attention. He discontinued other training paths to focus on Kung Fu training which included Yang Style Tai Chi, Yin Style Baguazhang and Northern Praying Mantis.

This focus on traditional Chinese martial arts and associated health exercises (Neigong and Qigong) picked up where physical therapy left off. Using these tools, Bobby has been able to recover from his accident and continues to cultivate his personal healing path.

In 2005 Bobby began teaching the traditional Chinese martial arts to both children and adults. In 2014, he was welcomed into the SimplyAware family to continue developing his skill as a Therapeutic Tai Chi and Qigong Instructor.

Mr. Garcia teaches the martial as well as health aspects of the traditional Chinese martial arts, viewing them as two sides to the same whole. He has served as both an adult and youth tournament judge, and attended numerous and varied workshops and seminars to expand knowledge and ability.

Therapeutic Tai Chi & Qigong Instructor

Martial Arts, Self Defense & Tactical Awareness Instructor

Professional Educator – Public Speaker

As a martial arts practitioner and instructor since 1988, Bobby has strived for both a philosophical as well as physical understanding and training methodology which seeks the balance between the theoretical and the practical, the martial and the holistic. He is task oriented, reliable, and professional and possess excellent interpersonal skills. Bobby enjoys working with children, adults, and seniors alike. He loves to network with other martial artists and welcomes the opportunity to exchange techniques, philosophies, and explore new methods.

Demonstrated Strengths/Skills

  • Tai Chi for Health – Therapeutic Qigong – Acupressure – Basic Massage
  • Yang Style Tai Chi & Chen Style Tai Chi for Combat – Northern Praying Mantis - Baguazhang
  • Chinese Martial Theory – Power Training – Pressure Point Fighting
  • Standing Grappling – Ground Fighting – Submission Grappling – 
  • Knife Fighting – Stick Fighting – Weapons Combat – Special Situations


Teaching Experience

  • Martial Arts Student since 1988
  • Martial Arts Instructor since 2002

Private Contractor, Trainer, & Instructor

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX  - (05/2006 – Present) 

Operating as a private contractor has helped me to incorporate all of my different skill sets and cater to my client’s needs while providing a superior product and service. 


Dallas/Fort Worth, TX - (01/2014 – Present)

  • Therapeutic Tai Chi and Qigong Instructor / private contractor
  • Smiling Heart Qigong
  • Therapeutic Qigong For Seniors (Fall prevention, pain management)
  • Therapeutic Qigong
  • Chen Style Tai Chi
  • Yang Style Tai Chi


Premier Martial Arts

North Richland Hills - (05/2013 – Present)

  • Lead and help manage classes at Premier Martial Arts of North Richland Hills
  • Worked with Premier staff to develop and refine children's education programs
    • “The ABC’s of Success”
    • “Kid Safe”
    • “Bully Proof”
  • Extensive work with K thru 5th grade through elementary schools, private lessons, and community events
    •  “The ABC’s of Success”
    • “Kid Safe”
    • “Bully Proof”


Authentic Kung Fu Dallas

Dallas, TX - (07/2008 – 04/2011)

Working with the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department I continued to refine my communication skills and learned to connect with, and add to, a community and the residents therein
Teaching primarily in recreation centers, I composed my own curriculums, held summer camps, and learned the basics of business (to include managing a small staff).

Authentic Kung Fu Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX - (05/2006 – 05/2010)

Received assistant and instructor training while refining teaching and communication abilities by running classes, seminars, private lessons, and tending the school in the owner's absence.

Texas Christian University - (1999 – 2001)

 Assistant instructor, TCU Jujitsu Club

Training Experience & Primary Instructors

Began martial training in 1988 and have studied with numerous teachers in formal classes, workshops, and seminars

Mike Martello Laoshi – Chief Instructor, Wu Tan Federation of Belgium

Intensive training at seminars and in private lessons beginning 2007 until Martello Laoshi’s death in 2009

Instruction in the styles of 8 Step Praying Mantis, Yin Style Baguazhang, and Yang Style Tai Chi

Sifu Steve Cottrell – Chief Instructor, Authentic Kung Fu, Inc

Trained with Cottrell Laoshi and senior students from Fort Worth, TX 2002 – 2010

Instructorship in the styles of Yang Tai Chi & Northern Praying Mantis under Sifu Cottrell

Workshops, seminars, and supplemental training:

  • Basic Accupressure and Massage
  • Dian Xue (pressure point fighting) and Tactical Applications
  • Various Traditional Chinese Weapons
  • Conversational Mandarin Chinese
  • Park Bok Nam’s Baguazhang – since 2006
  • Xu Shi Xi’s Yin style Baguazhang – since 2010

Chen Bing Laoshi – 20th generation Chen Taijiquan Master

direct descendant of Chen Wangting

Chen style Tai Chi training, various workshops and seminars from 2007 – Present

  • Silk Reeling I and II
  • Push Hands Levels I, II, and III
  • Martial Applications
  • Chin Na (joint locking techniques)

Michael Rosario-Graycar Laoshi – Chief Instructor, Phoenix Martial Arts Center

One of Ren Guang-Yi’s senior students in Chen Style Taijquan

One week of seminar and private lesson training in 2008

  • Push Hands Levels I – IV
  • Martial Applications, Formwork, and San Shou

Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang – 19th generation Chen Style Taijiquan Standard Bearer

Multiple seminar instruction 2008, New York and Philadelphia

  • Chen Tai Chi Short Form Instruction and Applications
  • Push Hands and Fajin Training

Master Tim Cartmell – Chief Instructor, ShenWu Martial Arts - Various workshops (2006–2008)

  • Utilizing Taiji Principles in Joint Manipulation
  • Applied Power Generation in the Martial Arts
  • Taijiquan Theory, Body Method, and Applications
  • Xing Yi Fighting Theories

Grandmaster Hu Xi-Lin and his disciple, Sifu Jake Burrows - Seminars in 2005

  • Six Harmony Praying Mantis (Liu He Tanglang) Theory
  • Six Harmony Praying Mantis (Liu He Tanglang) Free Fighting Applications

Grandmaster Dr.Yang Jwing-Ming, Chief Instructor, Yang’s Martial Arts Association, and his student, Sifu Jeff Bolt - Seminars in 2004

  • Tai Chi Push Hands
  • Northern Kung Fu and Tai Chi Staff and Spear Techniques

Grandmaster Deng Shih-Hai and his student, Sifu Ho Chin-Han

  • Yang style Tai Chi Long Form
  • Push Hands and Fajin Training

Previous instruction and exposure to multiple empty-hand styles, including:

Goshin Jujitsu, Myama Ryu Jujitsu, Brazilian Jujitsu, traditional Okinawan Karate, Taekwondo, Western Boxing, Judo, & Aikido (with Bill Sosa and the International Aikido Association)

Instruction in the weapons arts of:

  • Kobudo (Prior certifications in single stick, double stick, & single knife vs knife fighting)
  • Kendo
  • Modern Arnis

Special Situations Training:

  • Confined spaces and corner drills
  • Car and automobile fighting
  • Chair fighting
  • Improvised weapons and tactics
  • Multiple opponent tactics
  • Multiple opponent ground fighting
  • Weapons fighting on the ground

Demonstrated Weapons Proficiency

Traditional Chinese Weapons

  • Staff
  • Saber
  • Spear
  • Strait Sword
  • Miao Dao (Chinese Samurai Sword)
  • Military Big Saber
  • Double Sabers
  • Short Stick
  • 3 Section Staff
  • Chain Whip

Contemporary Weapons

  • Knife Fighting (Single & Double) – standing, on ground, special situations
  • Stick & Club Defense
  • Handgun Defense
  • Rifle Defense

Professional Activities/Other Qualifications

  • Chief Instructor, True Wushu Martial Arts – 
  • Instructor for SimplyAware –
  • Tournament judge, Legends of Kungfu Martial Arts Championship (formerly known as Taiji Legacy)
  • Valedictorian of Academic Achievement, Del Mar Regional Police Academy
  • DSHS Certified Emergency Medical Technician – Basic Certification
  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support (CPR) Certification
  • Fluent in English, conversational in Mandarin Chinese

Bobby Garcia, Instructor


  • Smiling Heart Qigong
  • Therapeutic Qigong For Seniors (Fall prevention, pain management)
  • SimplyAware Qigong
  • Chen Style Tai Chi
  • Yang Style Tai Chi
  • Children's Qigong, Tai Chi, Kung Fu Programs
  •  Martial Arts, Self Defense & Tactical Awareness Instructor