Writer, Reviewer, Researcher, Martial Artist
My first published article was “Sun Toi: The Kung Fu Ancestral Altar” (Inside Kung-Fu Sep 1992). I have been publishing articles ever since. As freelancer, I wrote for all the major martial arts magazines, as well as for magazines on film and Amer-AZN culture. In 1999, I began full-time work on Kung Fu Tai Chi, and served as Publisher until it went out of print in May 2020. During this period, the bulk of my writing was dedicated to the magazine and the website KungFuMagazine.com, however I also did a few pieces that were outside of the martial arts world, such as a review of The Acid Diaries: A Psychonaut’s Guide to the History and Use of LSD by Christopher Gray in the scholarly Journal of Psychoactive Drugs (Volume 42 (4) December 2010)
I work Drug Harm Reduction, supervising a specialized team to resolve psychiatric crisis issues at concerts, events and festivals. Since 1987, I’ve been working for Rock Medicine (part of HealthRight360) and am a founding member of JAH Med since 1996. I hold a seat on the Advisory Board of both organizations. I have given Drug Harm Reduction talks to students from elementary level through college and have toured with bands like the Grateful Dead and Phish as a consultant.
I am a 32-generation disciple of the original Shaolin Temple since 1996 and am a Military Provost at Arms (ROTC) and a Prevost D’Arms D’Escrime (U.S. Fencing Coaches Assn). I made swords as a fulltime job during the late 80s, early 90s and taught Fencing, Kung Fu and Tai Chi professionally for years. I also served as a Producer on the documentary Shaolin Ulysses: Kung Fu Monks in America (PBS Independent Lens 2003) and as a weapons expert and demonstrator for Man at Arms: Art of War, costarring with Danny Trejo (El Rey Network 2017-2018)