Ann Marie Palmieri, also known as “Si Gu” to many, has been a student at Praying Mantis & Tai Chi Center since 2005. She was first drawn to Praying Mantis after having studied Shaolin Kung Fu (Wushu) in Albuquerque, New Mexico from 2001-2004. In 2007, she began studying Tai Chi Chuan, which has gradually taken over as her primary focus. She reached the advanced level at the end of 2011, and was accepted as a disciple in July of 2012. In 2013, she began teaching classes more regularly and is thoroughly enjoying the continuously growing internal health benefits of the practice, as well as the joy of passing the practice on to others. In 2016 Ann Marie joins KO Martial Arts Academy, and continues to Teach Yang Tai Chi to Students at the Academy. Outside of KO Martial Arts Academy, Ann Marie is an active vocalist and musician, participating in acoustic singer/songwriter performance circles as well as rock and blues cover bands all over Westchester County. She also plays the guitar, bass guitar, and viola. Ann Marie thanks Sifu Pilossoph and all of her fellow students for making her study in Yang Tai Chi such a wonderful addition to her life!