Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons has over 20 years of acrobatic experience. During his time as an elite level gymnast, Taqiy was on the USA National team for 4 years where he competed internationally against some of the world’s best gymnasts. In 2004 Taqiy received a full scholarship to the University of Oklahoma for gymnastics. While competing at OU, Taqiy was part of three National Championship winning teams, nine time All-American (5th All-Time at the University), and the 2007 NCAA All-Around Champion, becoming the first ever African American All-Around Champion.
After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2008 Taqiy soon began his performance career with “The Festival of the Lion King” at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. In 2010 Taqiy became a National gymnastics judge where he judged competitions that hosted over 1,000 competitors. In 2014 Taqiy started performing with Cirque Du Soleil’s “La Nouba” in Orlando Florida. After sustaining a substantial injury to his neck which required emergency surgery, Taqiy turned his attention from performing to writing and directing a play. “Rise: An Acrobatic Play” would closely resemble in character, performers who had been trained by Taqiy and Gymcrew for two years previously leading up to his injury. “Rise: An Acrobatic Play” debuted in January of 2016. In August of 2015 Taqiy became employed by the University of Oklahoma as the Men’s Gymnastics Assistant Coach. In Taqiy’s first season as assistant at the university, the Oklahoma Sooners won their second consecutive National Championship and Taqiy was awarded 2016 National Assistant Coach of the year.