I was very lucky when I was young, my grandfather was good friends with a Tai Chi grand master and was able to convince him that I would be a good student. Because of my asthma it was the only style that my grandfather thought would help. He was right! I was nine years old at the time and have not stopped studying the martial arts to date.
I feel that martial arts is the reason I am here in this world so that I might be able to help others in some way just as my instructors have helped me.
I am blesses by God to have a wonderful wife (Myra) who completely supports me in all my efforts and I have two fantastic children (Meagan and Charles Lee) who are my pride and joy in life. I can't think of anything in life that I would rather do than teach martial arts other than being a student.
Charles R. Chi Timeline
1965-1968 Trained with Tsai Tzu Xian in the art of Tai Chi Chuen
1968-1970 Trained with Kam Song Yen in Northern Praying Mantis
1969 began training with Chen Yuen Fa in Wing Chun Kung Fu
1974 Enlisted in the US Marine corp.
1975-1976 East Coast Military Boxing Team
1978 Senior Instructor Rank under Sigung Chen Yuen Fa in Wing Chun Kung-Fu
1979 Entered Saint Thomas University in Philippines
1979-1983 Trained with Tatang Illustrisimo, Master Cabernay, Master Jose Lima-Lima, The Sinday Bros., Master Porfilio Lanada & other Filipino Martial Arts Masters daily in Lunetta park.
1983 Graduated Masters Degree of Philosophy of Education
1984-1985 Trained at the Inosanto Kali Academy
1986 Trained at the Sankurrat Gym in Thailand in Muay Thai Kickboxing under Arjan Kittrannaporn.
1986 Moved to New York & began training with Shihan Herman â€œBudâ€ HahnÂ·1990 Trained United States Navel Intelligence in Hand to Hand Combat 1992 Licensed Instructor Pencak Silat Mande Muda under Guru Besar Herman Suwanda 1993 4th Degree Black Belt in AikidoÂ·1994 4th Degree Black Belt in Aiki-Jiu Jitsu 1995 4th Degree Black Belt in Jiu Jitsu
2004 5th Degree Black Belt in Karate (Endless Circle Ryu- Kiokushin-Kai)
1997 Membership in the American Sombo Federation
1998 Membership in the US Amateur Boxing Association
1998 Senior Instructor Pencak Silat Mande Muda under Guru Besar/Pendekar Herman Suwanda
2002 Instructor Jun Fan Gung Fu under Sifu/Guru Rick Tucci
2002 Guru Filipino Martial Arts under Guru Rick Tucci
2003 Instructor Jun Fan Gung Fu under Sifu/Guru Daniel A. Inosanto
2003 Guru Filipino Martial Arts under Magulong Na Guru Daniel A. Inosanto
2003 Guro Maphinlindo Silat & Madjapahit Martial Arts under Magulang Na Guro Daniel A. Inosanto
2003 Agent Grade First Level National Security Alliance- Kid Safe Network Division from National Director Edward Copley.
2004 completed 137th Child safety seminar in Public Schools
2004 Inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame
2005 Graduate Ultimate Black Belt Test
2007 National Security Alliance Agent Grade 3
2007 Doctorate of Philosophy (Epistemology)
2008 Certified Instructor Keysi Fighting Method (KFM)
2008 Certified Trainer Krav Maga Worldwide
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