About the Instructor

Instructor Chris Marshall is a life-long advocate for the benefits of martial arts. He studied directly under world-class masters of Chinese Kung Fu and Tai Chi for over twenty years.

Chris traveled across the United States and abroad, in pursuit of these legendary skills. Today, he loves to share his passion and experience, and to help others enjoy the benefits of Tai Chi Chuan.

On the Healing Power of Kung Fu

Lineage and credits

Chris Marshall is a sixth-generation inheritor of Yang style Taijiquan. His Tai Chi lineage can be traced back to its original founders.

Grandmaster Yang Chengfu

Chris has also received instruction from renowned Tai Chi masters Sam Tam, Fong Ha, and many others.

Before his initiation into Taijiquan, Chris spent years learning and teaching other martial arts. His instructors included:

  • Bruce Bookman
  • Mallory Graham
    • ← Paul Sylvain ← T.K. Chiba ← Morihei Ueshiba
  • David Parks
    • ← Minoru Kurita ← Morihei Ueshiba
  • Stephen Elaimy
    • ← Carl Dechiara ← Kenneth Chung ← Leung Sheung ← Ip Man
Grandmaster Ip Man

Kung Fu is best experienced through a mix of personal coaching, independent study, and competitive evaluation.  Chris is deeply grateful to have met, crossed hands and learned from dozens of other experts in Taiji, Qigong, and other arts.

A partial list includes Tim Cartmell, Ben Der, Mike Martello, Li Tai-Liang,  Emin Boztepe, Jack Ling, Wong Siu, Ellis Amdur, Wu Wenhan, Chen Zhenglei, Chen Bing, Kumar Frantzis, Xu Mingtang, Chunyi Lin, Jan Diepersloot, Motomichi Anno, Masatoshi Yasuno, Henry Wang, Jeff Crosland, Kris Wilder, Nicholas Yang, Iain Abernethy, Marc MacYoung, and Rory Miller. (Any omissions from this list are purely accidental.)

Practicing outdoors between classes

Tournament and Competition Record

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(Private lessons also available.)

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