Sifu Guerman Atanassov, Yang Family Tai Chi, Wing Tsun
Sifu Guerman began his journey in studying Martial Arts and Eastern philosophies in 1982 with Judo in his home town Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
During next 8 years he had participated in numerous competitions not only in Bulgaria but in Riga, Latvia (former USSR) where he studied for Aerospace Engineering degree.
During his stay in Latvia he had also training in Karate and attended Wu-Shu classes, school Choi.After he returned back home in Plovdiv in 1994 he signed in newly opened Tai Chi school “White Dragon” led by Sifu Stanislav Bagalev. That is how his study of Tai Chi has begun.
Through the years he have practiced and studied simplified 24 position form, 103 Hand Form, simplified Sword Form and Push Hands. In 1997 he won first place in Bulgarian National Wu-Shu competition in 103 Hand Form and simplified Sword Form Yang Style.
In 1997 he became the instructor of Tai Chi in the same school in Plovdiv. Together with school students he did many public demonstrations, including TV programs where we were presenting Tai Chi Chuan and Chinese martial art.In 1999 Sifu Guerman and his family moved to Chicago, USA.
Here he continues to search for further study and development in art of Tai Chi. In 2001 together with his students Aaron and Valeri he participated for the first time in Tai Chi seminar with Master Yang Jun, 5th Generation Yang Family Tai Chi. The seminar was held in Troy, Michigan. There Sifu Guerman had great chance to personally meet Yang Jun Laoshi and every year since then he has been attending his seminars and has been flying to Seattle for private sessions with him.
In 2002 Sifu Guerman became a member of International Yang Family Tai Chi Association and he has begun to teach and spread Yang Family Tai Chi in Chicago Metro area by organizing classes, monthly courses and seminars.In 2012 after successfully passing special exam Sifu Guerman was awarded 4 Rang – “Golden Tiger” and in 2013 he was approved for Director of Authorized Affiliated School within International Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association. In 2006, together with his first teacher Stanislav Bagalev, Sifu Guerman founded Bulgarian Yang Tai Chi Chuan Association with the idea to bring together everyone who practices Yang Family Style Tai Chi.
Since than he has been conducting Tai Chi seminars every year in Bulgaria helping the promotion and popularization of the style there.Along with Tai Chi Sifu Guerman teaches and practices Leung Ting Wing Tsun. His journey in Wing Tsun has begun in 1998 after an amazing presentation and demonstration by Grand Master Keith Kernshpeht, leader of European Wing Tsun Organiztion and his instructor’s team in Plovdiv, Bulgaria when he signed in the Sifu Stanisalv Bagalev’s School in the town.
After he moved to Chicago in 2000 he joined North American Organization – IWTA-NAS and continue his study of Wing Tsun in Wheeling, IL under Master Mike Adams.In 2006 Sifu Guerman has become certified Wing Tsun instructor after successfully passing the test for Primary Level Technician.
In 2008 he officially obtained the title Sifu in Wing Tsun and currently he is Third Level Technician and teaches in his schools in Chicago area suburbs, Wheeling, Des Plaines and Glenview.