About Gary Giamboi
Gary Giamboi is a published author, martial artist, Qigong practitioner, Yogi and a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified personal trainer.
He is the founder and owner of the Genbukan Harukaze Dojo, The Institute of Asian Arts™ and Training by Gary.
He has taught privately and at large seminars in the USA, China, Japan and Europe.
He has been studying the Eastern Arts since 1969 has attained many ranks and titles along the way.
Association with Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura:
Gary started studying with Soke (Grandmaster) Shoto Tanemura at a New York Taikai in 1988. He went on to become a personal student and Genbukan World Ninpo Bugei Federation Dojo-Cho (owner of a school).
He has spent cumulatively almost three years studying at Honbu dojo in Saitama, Japan. He was also heavily mentored by Genbukan Shihan Roy Ron, especially in the early 1990’s.
- Genbukan Kyoshi (teaching Master) and Shibucho (Regional Director)
- Ryokudan (6th Degree Black Belt) in Genbukan Ninpo and the Kokusai jujutsu Renmei
- Okuden level in Asayama Ichiden Ryu under Soke Tanemura
- Chuden level in Bikenjutsu
- Shoden level in Bojutsu, Koto Ryu, Shiden Tatara Ryu, Gyokko Ryu, Shinden Fudo Ryu, Gikan Ryu Koppo Jutsu
Association with Master Chen Weigun
After a New York Taikai in which Soke Tanemura’s teacher, Sato Kinbei Sensei, taught Taijiquan, Gary received permission from Soke Tanemura to study Taijiquan.
After almost one year of searching, Gary found Master Chen Weigun in New York’s Chinatown shortly after he emigrated from Taishan, China.
He study with him from then until his death in 1994 and received full Shifu level certification in Taijiquan and Qigong from him
Association with Grandmaster Sam Chin:
While Shifu Chen was near the end of his life, Gary received permission from him to continue his study of Taijiquan. Gary picked master Sam Chin of I Liq Chuan to study with.
He was accepted as a disciple by Master Chin in 1994 at the Chuang Yen Chan Buddhist Monestary.
Gary’s Association with these masters lead to his being awarded a Level IV (their highest) Qigong Instructor Certification from the National Qigong Association.
Association with Yogiraj Swami Bua, Maharaja of Hatha Yoga:
Gary began his study of Yoga in 1979 in Brooklyn, NY at New York’s first Kundalini Yoga Ashram.
Over the years, he dabbled in Yoga while searching for a Yoga instructor of the same caliber as his martial arts’ instructors. He kept looking until he found Yogiraj Swami Bua in 1998. Gary knew after his very first class with Swami Bua that he had found his Guru.
He was formally accepted as a personal student by Swami Bua in 1999 and was initiated as a disciple and given the fortuitous Hindu name of Gajendranathan (King of the Elephants) on January 17, 2001.
Swami Bua personally recommended Gary to the Yoga Alliance for his E-500RYT certification.
Several times Swami Bua asked Gary to escort him to the opening Invocation ceremony of the United Nations, including the huge, momentous celebration in September, 2000. These events enable Gary to meet and talk with religious leaders of many faiths from all over the world.
Evolution into Fitness:
Even with all of the training Gary received in martial arts and Yoga, Gary found it hard to train many of the people who wished to learn from him because they lacked the physical skills and ability needed to safely learn and perform what they wanted to know.
Gary soon found himself training people in fitness and athleticism. He soon deiced to offer this kind of training to the general public. Gary chose to become certified by the NASM because it’s concept of the kinetic chain is very closely related to the Eastern Internal concept of ‘moving from your center.”
Of course, putting the two of these disciples together meant that gary also learned how to train with kettlebells and he earned his instructor certification through Kettlebell Concepts.
Living in south Florida meant that Gary worked with many seniors. Since respects everyone’s personal limitations, he did not treat seniors differently than anyone else. This is probably the basis for the strong bond that he formed with this demographic group.
He became a Healthways certified Silversneaker I, II, III and Yoga-Stretch I & II instructor; and, has a large, loyal local following.
Gary was always interested in health and healing. He was the first student to convince Master Chen to teach his knowledge of healing with Traditional Chinese Medical theory.
Gary learned the basics of Chinese medicine and An Mor (Chinese massage). This led him to want to learn more about massage. He studied Shiastu with Ohashi and Thai Yoga with Jonas Westring.; and became certified in Ohashiatsu and Thai Yoga to level II.
His first book, The Spirit of Smiling: Perfecting the Art of Surrendering to The Way is published by The Institute of Asian Arts™ and has received high praise from members of the Yoga, Qigong, Daoist, Buddhist and Spiritual communities.