Tai Chi Chuan

T’ai-Chi Chuan (太极拳 / tàijíquán) is an internal Chinese martial art 武術 practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits.  Tai Chi Chuan was one a great fighting art–unfortunately most only know how to use it for health.

However, Flowing Combat maintains the full combat viable art of Taijiquan within it.

Taught from Taijiquan are numerous two person drills, several versions of push hands  along with the slow smooth movements, and explosive “fajing” self-defense methods, sparring, and adrenal stress response reality based drills.  All movements are taught with combat viable applications.

Xing Yi Quan

Xing Yi Quan ( 形意拳; Hsing I Ch’üan) is classified as one of the Wudang styles of Chinese martial arts. The name of the art translates approximately to “Form-Intention Fist”, or “Shape-Will Fist”.

Xing Yi is characterized by aggressive, seemingly linear movements and explosive power that’s often applied from a short range. A practitioner of Xing Yi uses coordinated movements to generate bursts of power intended to overwhelm the opponent, simultaneously attacking and defending.

Xing Yi from multiple world class instructors are included in Flowing Combat.

Bagua Zhang

Bāguà Zhǎng (八卦掌) literally means “eight trigram palm,” referring to the trigrams of the I Ching (Yijing), one of the canons of Taoism.  Bagua Zhang is a brutal martial system the employs circles, spirals, throws, strikes, and is likened to “Aikido with more teeth”.

Flowing Combat includes the system of Gao Style Baguazhang (高氏八卦掌).  Gao Bagua is the style of Baguazhang descended from Gao Yisheng (高義盛), a student of Cheng Tinghua.  Gao style is one of the most widely practiced Baguazhang styles in the West; there are also many practitioners in Tianjin and Taiwan.

Military / LEO Combat

Military combat teaches weapons use, retention, and disarming.  It also incorporates hand-to-hand, throwing, joint manipulation / breaks, and improvised weapon methods.

Domestic Law Enforcement Officers:  De-escalation and arrest methods which result in minimal possible harm to all parties are taught in accordance with the law. (Gary holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Loyola Law School)

Adrenal stress response training is included with all methods.

Military, LEO, and Civilian ROE covered and differentiated for applicable students and jurisdictions.


Trained by world class instructors in the Kung-Fu arts of BaguaZhang, Xingyiquan, Taijiquan, and Military Armed / Unarmed Combat.

Gary has synthesized the Kung-fu arts for modern day Self-Defense training, including: Adrenal Stress Training, Flowing Motion Drills, Tactile Sensitivity two person drills, weapons defense–use, and retention.

Gary served with distinction flying on AWACS –a Command, Control, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Recognizance Aircraft. Gary was a 9-11 first responder, and flew in both the Iraq and Afghanistan Campaigns.


The Complete System:

Volume 1-Key Principles and Methods (2002)

Free now on YouTube — https://youtu.be/SIwxmITk4fA

The Complete System:

Volume 1-Key Principles and Methods

The Complete System:

Volume 1-Key Principles and Methods


 Online Lessons

Learn online.

Gary has been teaching this material (and putting things on Film/DVD) for over 15 years.  Instructors in other arts have found this information useful to combine with their current combat systems.  Moreover, people from all walks of life from operator to accountant have found these methods helped keep them safe.Read More

Soon lessons will be posted weekly, taking the student from white-black sash level, (testing must be in person). For new students, online lessons are not a full substitute for hands-on instruction. However, adequate combatives instruction is not often locally available.  Thus, arming yourself with online instruction and a partner willing least throw punches at you is better than Mal-training yourself elsewhere. This material will be low cost or free online, but you are encouraged to find a partner, local adequate school, and/or attend seminars.



Seminars will be available on a very limited basis in Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Pebble Beach California.

Other Instructors will also be co-hosted occasionally.  If you are a combat instructor of any discipline or mix of disciplines–get in touch if you are interested in  training students with us at this location.  

Private lessons

Limited private lessons available.

Contact for availability and details.

Find a Recommended Instructor Near You

Recommendations are not style loyal.

Contact us to ask if there is an instructor we can recommend in your area.

In the future we will have a list posted.


Lesson 1

To be updated with lessons in the future.

Go here for demos / brief instructional clips –https://www.youtube.com/user/FlowingCombat/videos.

Lesson 2

To be updated with lessons in the future

Lesson 3

To be updated with lessons in the future

Lesson 4

To be updated with lessons in the future


I been a friend of Mr. Romel for quite a while and can attest to the speed, fluidity, and power of this dynamic fighting technique. As a U.S. Federal Agent, I’ve learned a lot of different fighting styles and techniques namely, pressure points and submissions, however, when Mr. Romel provided me a demonstration, I realized that flowing combat could offer me increased safety should I need it out on the job.

Special Agent Berry

The modern emphasis upon mixed martial arts systems has produced a new breed of young and upcoming martial combatants. Gary Romel belongs to this new genre of teacher and practitioner. Hitting, locking, throwing, and blinding speed. Gary’s got it all. His system of Flowing Combat combines the best of China’s three internal arts. Stay tuned to Flowing Combat …. There’s a lot more to come!

Marcus Brinkman OMD, Baguazhang instructor-www.gaostylebagua.com

I have been friends with Gary Romel for the past four years. I have grown to respect and admire his ability to teach and demonstrate the many martial arts skills he has mastered. Not only do his teachings add valuable insight to anyone’s current martial arts capability, he adds a certain charisma and confidence never seen before in other “every day” teachers. I am just an early beginner in my thirst for the skills of martial arts. I find myself to be extremely honored to have Gary Romel as my best friend and one of the greatest teachers, in any realm, I have ever known.

Staff Sergeant David Bace-USAF



Address: Monterey CA
Phone: 310-594-1748