Background and Experience                      for class info click here

When I was a child, I wanted to be a superhero to fight evil and be a force for good.  Today, I am not a superhero in the comic book sense, but I have developed the ability to be a positive force for change.  I have learned that we all have battles we fight in our lives.  We fight stress.  We battle disease.  We wrestle to gain balance in our lives.  Through T’ai Chi, I can help my students gain the upper hand.  It makes me happy to see my students gain power and become better prepared for life with skills and knowledge gained from T’ai Chi principles and practice.  It gives me great joy to watch them triumph through both small skirmishes and great victories.

  • 1987 BS Applied Physics , Columbia University
  • 1991  Certified  Instructor Master Nick Scrima
  • 1996  Taste of China Level 1 Judge 
  • 1997 Taste of China  Women’s Push hands Grand Champion
  • 1998 Taste of China Women’s Push hands Grand Champion
  • 2000 Taste of China Forms Grand Champion.
  • 2000 USAWKF Women’s Internal Forms Grand Champion
  • 3rd Degree Black-Belt Kung Fu Master Nick Scrima
  • 5th Degree Black-Belt  Wushu Sanshou Dao Association
  • 5th Degree Black Belt Master José Johnson
  • Book and Media Reviewer Journal of Chinese Martial Arts 2011-2014

    Sara began studying martial arts at the age of 8.  She began her formal, mentored training in both internal and external styles under Master Nick Scrima (OH/FL), coach to numerous national and international martial arts champions.  Since 1996, Sara has been training with her mentor Master José Johnson (PA) who has been internationally recognized as one of the top 100 extraordinary Chinese Martial Artists in the world.  She has also studied with Master Peter Warr (UK). Sara has been influenced by Master Pat Rice (VA), Master Nick Gracenin(DC), Dr. Jay Dunbar (NC), Master Su Zifang (CA), Master Sam Masich (Canada/Europe), Master Liang Shouyu (Canada), and Professor Li Deyin (China).  Sara continues to study with many other leading T’ai Chi Masters and Grandmasters from the US, China, Asia, Europe, and Canada.

    with Master José Johnson  

    with Master Peter Warr

    with Dr. Jay Dunbarwith Masters Pat Rice, Nick Gracenin, Liang Shouyuwith Master Nick Scrima