Robert Amacker has spent over half a century in pursuit of the deepest secrets of Taijiquan.

Robert was born in Texas in 1944. He began practicing martial arts with self-study of Judo at the age of eleven. For ten years, he studied Karate and Aikido with some of its foremost exponents (Bobby Lowe, Peter Urban, Yoshimitsu Yamada). Robert studied Zen meditation with Hakuun Yasutani Roshi and Katsuki Sekida.

At the age of twenty-one, he took up the study of Taijiquan in New York City with Zheng Manqing (Cheng, Man-ch’ing), a student of Yang Chengfu, and later with two of his students, William Chen and Ben Lo.

From 1969 to 1974 Robert Amacker studied with Chu Chufang, another student of Yang Chengfu, from whom he learned the advanced techniques of the Yang family (Three-step, Da Lu, Sanshou).

For a year as an addition to learning Taijiquan Robert studied Monkey Style Boxing with Quan Sai-hung.

Zheng Manqing. Photo © Ken Van Sickle
Chu Chufang and Robert Amacker, 1972
Chu Chufang, doing Yang Style Solo Form