Michael Rosario-Graycar

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Rachel Tomlinson





Aretha Knight













David Dixon

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Michael Rosario-Graycar, is the founder of the Phoenix Martial Arts Center and "Head Instructor". He has been studying martial arts for more than 20 years. He was introduced to boxing and Karate-do at a very early age. It became is his life, as his father and uncle were avid fans of Light-weight Champion Edwin "Chapo" Rosario; cousin to Michael's father. Michael learned all about the sport and street usage of boxing. At around 6 years of age, his brother started training him in Karate-do and further enhanced his training in boxing. His father taught him knife and stick-fighting. He later learned about the foundation of high school and collegiate wrestling.

In 1996, Michael started training in Wing Chun. Several months later he met with and began training Taijiquan (Taiji/Tai Chi Chuan) under Master Ren Guang Yi, senior disciple of Grandmaster Chen, Xiaowang. (Master Ren lived in Chen village for 10 years and has over 30 years devoted to Chen style Taijiquan.) After 3 1/2 years of practicing Wing Chun, he stopped training with his Wing Chun Sifu (but not the style) and devoted himself full-time to Chen style Taijiquan.

Through Master Ren, Michael learned qigong (chi kung), Chan Si Gong (silk-reeling routines), Lao Jia Style Yi & Er Lu, Xin Jia Style Yi Lu & Er Lu, Straight Sword, Broadsword, Spear, Double Straight Swords, Kwan Dao, Double Maces, 38-form, 19-form, Master Ren's Compact Taiji forms (21-form and Cannon Fist), 5 levels of push hands, and application work. He also trained privately with Grandmaster Chen, Xiaowang, Grandmaster Chen, Xiaoxing and Master Chen, Bing.

To add to his martial arts repertoire, Michael slowly began learning the Gao System of Baguazhang as taught by Master Luo, De Xiu since 2005. Since he was a kid Baguazhang has always intrigued him. He was fortunate to have trained with Master Luo, one of the rare Masters of the style with a clear understanding of practice and usage. From Master Luo he has learned a lot of the basic training methods, circle-walking training, footwork, single palm change and its many variations, the core 8 palms, and 10 of the 64 houtian (straight line) forms.

From his commitment to traditional internal martial arts in 2002, Michael opened the Phoenix Martial Arts Center in Norristown. In 2010, Michael started the Gracie Garage where he taught the Gracie Combatives Program (Gracie Jiu-Jitsu). He traveled to LA annually to train Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at the Gracie Academy under Rener and Ryon Gracie.

Michael, well on his way to earning the title of Master, was diagnosed with a serious illness in 2012. He passed away on June 22, 2014.



Rachel Tomlinson is the senior instructor at the Phoenix Martial Arts Center. She has trained in Chen style taijiquan for over ten years with Master Ren, Guangyi and Michael Rosario-Graycar. Through Master Ren and Michael she has learned qigong (chi kung), Chan Si Gong (silk-reeling routines), Lao Jia Style Yi Lu, Straight Sword, Broadsword, 38-form, 19-form, Master Ren's Compact Taiji forms (21-form and Cannon Fist), 5 levels of push hands, and application work.

Rachel has regularly attended and hosted workshops with Grandmaster Chen, Xiaowang, Gandmaster Chen, Xiaoxing and Master Chen, Bing, among others. Rachel is a senior instructor at the Phoenix Martial Arts Center. She teaches Chen style taijiquan to beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. Rachel also offers private lessons.




Aretha Knight is one of Michael Rosario-Graycar's senior students and certified instructor at the Phoenix Martial Arts Center. She also teaches taiji to senior citizens at assisted living facilities. Aretha has been studying Chen style taijiquan under Michael (and Rachel Tomlison) for several years. She has regularly attended workshops with Gandmaster Chen, Xiaoxing; Master Ren Guanyi; Master Chen, Bing and Chen, Ziqiang among others.

Aretha also studies Jiu-Jitsu. She trained under Michael Rosario-Graycar (Gracie Combatives Program) and Alexandre Britto (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and ground fighting. Like taijiquan it teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person.

Aretha has participated in and won many Karate, Kungfu, and Jiu-Jitsu tournaments (currently undefeated in weight class). She is dedicated to improving her martial skills. Her goal is to educate and teach others to protect themselves from senseless crimes and abuse.




David Dixon is one of Michael Rosario-Graycar's senior students at the Phoenix Martial Arts Center. He is certified to instruct the Phoenix Self Protection System, leads Chen Taijiquan group training at the Phoenix Martial Arts Center, and teaches private lessons. He has regularly attended Chen Taijiquan workshops with Master Ren Guanyi, Master Chen Ziqiang and others.

David has over 10 years of martial experience. He has participated in many martial arts tournaments in free/point sparring, fixed/free step push hands, open hand forms, and weapon forms. He is dedicated to improving his martial skill and imparting his knowledge to students.