Chris began his martial journey at the age of 12, starting with wrestling. As a college student in the early 1980’s, he began studying Hwa Rang Do. After nearly 10 years of intensive training, he received his black belt from the Grand Master himself, Dr. Joo Bang Lee, in 1994. He currently holds a 3rd degree black belt.
After a number of fights over the years, Chris began to realize that most techniques taught in traditional martial arts just aren’t effective in real street fights. In early 2007, after a few more altercations, Chris followed his dream and ventured to the Gracie World HQ in Torrance, CA and began his journey with the Gracie family. After being fully exposed to the simplicity, efficiency and effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Chris stopped training in other martial arts altogether, and dedicated all of his efforts to learning the Gracie Way. Soon thereafter, he retired his black belt. Seeing his dedication and potential, his teacher, Ryron Gracie, recruited Chris into the Instructor Certification Program, held at the Gracie Academy. Chris graduated from the 2nd ICP, in 2008. He now focuses 100% of his time and energies on learning, and teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the world.
Chris has been teaching for over 25 years, and currently teaches full time at his CTC, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Scottsdale. He also teaches law enforcement on a regular basis. He holds a BS in Psychology from Northern Arizona University (1988) and began working on his Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine, in 1990. He is also a 5th generation Reiki Master Teacher.
The application of traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu transcends the application of immobilization, chokes, joint locks, throws, and strikes. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a way of life. Beyond the mat, members of the Gracie family live balanced, healthy lives based on the same philosophy that governs their unique self-defense system. Grand Masters Carlos and Helio Gracie believed that the principles of efficiency, patience, and control held the key to success in all aspects of life.