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Martin - Martial Arts - Richmond, VA, USA

Michael Martin

Richmond, VA, USA


Martial Arts

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I have been involved in martial arts for over 30 years. I began my training in Shoto Kan Karate and reached the rank of 3rd Dan. My primary art is Tien Hu Ba Gua Zhang in which I hold a 7th degree Black Sash. I also hold a 4th degree Black Sash in Ba Men Tai Chi Chuan. I also have extensive training in Hsing I Chuan and Chin Na.

Work History

Seminars on Ba Gua Zhang

Michael J. Martin Martial Arts Resume ___Pg2

Career Overview:
I began training at the age of 15 in the art of Shotokan Karate -Do, under Shihan F.V. Romano. I was promoted to 1st Dan in August of 1984. Shihan Romano passed away that year, Shihan Ho had moved to the area and I began to train with him. I joined the Air Force in 1988, before I left Shihan Ho promoted me to 3rd Dan in Shotokan Karate-Do. While in the Air Force I was stationed at Wright- Patterson AFB in Dayton OH. I began training with Sifu Tim Norman in Shaolin Tiger Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan. While training with Sifu Norman, I participated in the Sabaki Challenge and was mentioned in Black Belt Magazine for my performance. After getting out the Air Force in 1991, I returned to my home area and opened a full time school in Hanover PA, teaching Shaolin Tiger Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan. At this time I began to train regularly under Soke Clement Riedner in the art of Ba Men Chuan Fa. Ba Men Chuan Fa is a Tai Chi Chuan based Chin na system. In 1993, I began studying Chiang Shan Ba Gua Zhang with Bok Nam Park in Baltimore MD. In 1995, I was able to take advantage of an opportunity to train at the Shaolin Temple in China. In 1996, I moved to Richmond VA to train full time with Sifu Bok Nam Park. In 1998 I began to work for American Family Fitness, my work schedule conflicted with my training schedule and I began studying with Sifu Wilson Pitts.
While with Sifu Pitts, I studied several arts to include 3 styles of Ba Gua Zhang, Cheng Tai Chi Chuan and Hsing I Chuan. While working in the fitness industry I obtained many fitness certifications to include; Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Consultant, and Specialist in Martial Arts Conditioning. After leaving the fitness industry, I began a 10 year career in Law Enforcement. The whole time I was in law enforcement, I to train with Sifu Pitts and I ran my school Living Waters Martial Arts. I have also written a self published book for my...

3rd Dan by age 22

I opened Living Waters Martial Arts

Time school in Hanover PA. I ran this school for 5 years. In 1996
I closed the school to move to Richmond VA to train full time with Bok Nam Park. In 2001, I opened Living Waters Martial Arts to teach Ba Gua Zhang and Tai Chi Chuan.

Career Highlights:
Began training at the age of 15. Promoted to 3rd Dan by age 22.
Fought in the bare knuckle full contact tournament, The Sabaki Challenge in 1990. Although I did not win my performance was praised in Black Belt Magazine. In 1995, went to China and trained at the Shaolin Temple. In 2001, was the Taste of China
Tournament Ba Gua Zhang Champion. The Taste of China was the premier internal arts tournament in the US. Asked to teach

After getting out of the Air Force

I became Sifu Tim Norman's only assistant instructor,
He spent many hours with me teaching me how to teach. After getting out of the Air Force, I returned home and opened up a full

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