Your Host:  Christopher Reed, CMT, CPPS

Martial Arts Accomplishments:

White Belt – Gracie Jiu Jitsu – Gracie University® 
Purple Belt – Shotokan Karate – Northern Karate Schools
Use Of Force / Defensive Tactics Instructor – Humber College
Pressure Point Control Tactics Instructor – The Control Institute™
Black Belt Candidate – Goju Ryu Karate – Port Credit Academy Of Martial Arts

Christopher is a lifelong martial artist with 3 decades of experience in various styles; most recently: Gracie Jiu-Jitsu®.  Christopher credits many of the life-lessons learned, while training in the dojo, as having helped him to form the foundation of his philosophy on: Strength & Performance Coaching and his approach to clinical treatment as an Certified Manual Therapist—his two chosen professions. 

Since seeing the Karate Kid at age 6, Christopher became obsessed with Martial Arts & Martial Arts Cinema.  Despite a steady diet of martial arts action movies he wouldn't actually set foot in a dojo until age 14.  It was then that Christopher began his lifelong studies in the martial arts with Goju Ryu Karate, under the expert instruction of Hanshi Christopher Doyle, of the Port Credit Academy of Martial Arts in Mississauga, Ontario Canada.  Over the course of the next 5 years Christopher would progress from kids classes to adult classes—all while advancing in rank to become a Black Belt Candidate and grading for his Black Belt.

During the next 6 years Christopher would shift his focus to earning a Bachelor's Degree from York University in Toronto, Ontario Canada while concurrently training to compete as a member of the Men's Varsity Football Team and, ultimately, earn a chance to play Professional Football in the Canadian Football League.

After graduating University and entering into the work force (as a Residential Services Division – Mobile Operative) Christopher would become accredited as a Pressure Point Control Tactics Instructor under Doug Ashton, founding President of The Control Institute Inc.™ and an expert witness in the use of force across Canada.  For the next two years, Christopher was an Assistant to the Instructor Cadre at the Training Centre of Intercon Security—a reputable commercial and residential security firm in Toronto, Ontario Canada— where he was tasked with the responsibility of helping teach: Canadian Use Of Force Curriculum, Pressure Point Control Tactics, Tactical Ground Defence, Use Of Intermediate Force Options—including: Baton and application of restraints and Spontaneous Knife and Edged Weapon Defence to each new class of Security Guards entering the work force for Intercon.

Christopher would then take this teaching experience and parlay it into a 3 year contract-faculty position with Humber College, Lakeshore Campus—in the Department of Community Justice and Social Services & the Police Foundations Program, respectively—as a subject matter expert on: Canadian Use Of Force content, Defensive Tactics and Pressure Point Control Techniques.  

After teaching at Humber College, Christopher would serendipitously reconnect with Dominic Moscone—formerly, his University Athletic Therapist and a Kyoshi in Shotokan Karate with Northern Karate Schools—while working as a Strength & Performance Coach in Thornhill, Ontario Canada.  Christopher would spend the next two years working with Kyoshi Moscone and attain his purple belt ranking before moving to the West Coast of Canada.

Although Christopher had been exposed to elements of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® while training at The Port Credit Academy Of Martial Arts all those years ago and again through Tactical Ground Defence training during his Accreditation process as a Pressure Point Control Tactics Instructor with The Control Institute Inc.™, it wasn't until he was exposed to the Combat Veritas® Program at Northern Karate—Thornhill, under the instruction of Kyoshi Moscone, that he was bit by the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu® bug and would decide to pursue studies in the art full-time.

Seeking out in-person instruction, Christopher started his jiu-jitsu journey through the Sportive branch of the discipline.  However, with consistent conflicts in scheduling Christopher would find himself inspired to take a more exhaustive look at the full scope of what the Gracie University® online platform was all about.  In looking at the scope, breadth, depth, detail and undeniable passion contained within the content offered by Ryron, Rener and Eve Gracie, through the Gracie University® online platform, Christopher instantaneously registered with Gracie University® and immediately enrolled in the: Gracie Combatives® Program, Street Proofing Seminar Series and Women's Empowered® Program (a gift for his wife: Jen) respectively and made the simultaneous decision to apply to become affiliated with Gracie University HQ as a Gracie Garage®.

When not working as either: a Certified Physical Preparation Specialist™ or Certified Manual Therapist, Christopher can be found training Gracie Jiu Jitsu® with his family: wife: Jen, son: Mackenzie, Mother-In-Law: Rica—and the rest of the 0530am crew; reading, writing, weight training, riding his motorcycle or enjoying all the beauty of the outdoors that life on the West Coast has to offer.  

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