Dr. Mark ChengDr. Mark Cheng had the unusual privilege of training directly with StrongFirst founder & chairman, Pavel Tsatsouline, for a number of years starting in 2004. Along with legendary Bruce Lee disciple and martial arts luminary Dan Inosanto, Cheng was part of the semi-private group that Pavel taught either at the Inosanto Academy or at the old Muscle Beach quad in Santa Monica.
Through an introduction from Tsatsouline, Cheng would go on to study extensively with Functional Movement Screen (FMS) founder Gray Cook. Eventually, Cheng would travel abroad to China & Korea to teach the FMS level 1 & 2 courses along with the RKC and later the SFG courses upon the establishment of the StrongFirst organization.
As a medical professional with a doctorate in Chinese medicine and post degree training almost exclusively with western sports medical physicians and therapists, Dr. Cheng's training methods center around the Hippocratic Oath of "Do no harm." Using the StrongFirst training methods, he has successfully rehabbed and trained patients and clients ranging from professional athletes and tactical operators to children & senior citizens. His lifelong study of martial arts and combatives, combined with the training from SF & FMS, has given him a unique perspective on the workings of the human body and how best to shore up liabilities before they become injuries.
Beachbody, the production company behind the wildly successful P90X, reached out to Dr. Cheng to develop Tai Cheng, a Tai Chi based exercise program that Cheng incorporated movement screening concepts from FMS and strength development concepts from Pavel Tsatsouline into. With SFG Team Leader & best friend, Dr. Jimmy Yuan, Cheng also produced both the Prehab-Rehab 101 instructional DVD/video for On Target Publications and the K3 Combat Movement Systems certification workshops.
To learn more about the instructional resources, clinical services, workshop/seminars, or private training opportunities in the Santa Monica or Diamond Bar areas with Dr. Cheng, please follow him on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @DrMarkCheng.
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