Chris (sandan) began his aikido practice at the University of Kansas in 1989. His enthusiasm for the art later inspired him to grow the University of Kansas aikido club into one of the largest student-run organizations on campus.
In 2000, after living in Germany for a year, Chris moved to Irvine and began studying under Matsuoka Sensei. Chris holds the rank of sandan in Ki Society aikido, and also received the rank of sandan from Matsuoka Sensei in 2017.
Chris has an excellent sense of body structure and dynamics. In addition to over 20 years of martial arts training, Chris has actively practiced gymnastics for 20 years.