Sifu Kenneth Jones began his training in 1999 in Shaolin KungFu (an "External" Martial Art) under Master Michael Reid with the Shaolin Centers of Atlanta in Marietta, GA. There was a requirement for anyone wanting test through to black belt to take the 1st level of the Internal Martial Arts program. (This is the same Yang style Tai Chi that Sifu Kenneth now teaches in Level 1 of the program offered by the Tai Chi Center of North Georgia.) It was at that time Kenneth’s passion and love for Tai Chi began. He switched focus from the “External” program to the “Internal”.
2000 under Master Reid he began his study of classical BaGuaZhang and was first introduced to long form Chen style Tai Chi.
2002 Kenneth began studying under Sifu John Judd in Roswell, GA, during this time he studied yin/yang dagger, modified Chen 18 movement form, and began exploring meditation breathing techniques from seated/standing postures and while in movement of the Tai Chi forms along with further application on the martial aspects of Tai Chi. In 2004 while training in Roswell he was introduced to Sifu Katherine Myrick.
2005 Kenneth started studying in Norcross, GA as a private student of Sifu Katherine. He and began to assist in teaching beginning level classes, at her request and under her guidance. During his studies with Sifu Katherine they worked on Hsing-I 5 roads and 12 animals, various Tai Chi weapons Straight Sword, Broad Sword, and Iron Fan, and delved further into BaGua and Qigong.
2008 Under recommendation of Sifu Katherine, Kenneth was awarded his teaching certification from her teacher, Elder Master Gary Grooms. 2009 Associate Master Kofi Smith took over the day to day running of the Norcross school and Kenneth began his training with him.
2010 Under recommendation of Sifu Katherine, Master Kofi, and Master Reid, Kenneth was awarded the title of Sifu by Elder Master Gary Grooms.
2011 Sifu Kenneth brought his passion for teaching and martial arts closer to home and began teaching Tai Chi in Dawsonville where he lives with his wife and children. He continues his studies under Master Michael Reid of Reid’s Premier Martial Arts.
2013 Sifu Kenneth started his training in Tenaga Dalam under Guru Bahatti Merchant and attending his annual seminars hosted by Master Reid.
2014 Sifu Kenneth started training with Guru Daniel Prasetya, one of the world’s elite teachers and founder of Inti Ombak USA, in the study of Pusaka Sakti Mataram Lakutama. In 2016 Kenneth was conferred the rank of Tingkat 1 in Daya Batin Inti Ombak. Sifu Kenneth continues his training with Guru Daniel annually in the workshops hosted by Master Reid.
2015 Sifu Kenneth met and trained with Kumu Michelle Manu, Senior Black Belt in Kaihewalu Hawaiian Lua, in traditional Hawaiian Weapons.
Sifu Kenneth's first interactions with TBMAG (Tampa Bay Martial Arts Group) some of the most humble Martial Artists around no titles in this group just friends working for the same goal. Fall of 2015 he began attending the semi-annual Push Hands retreats.
From his connection with TBMAG he was introduced to and afforded the opportuinity to train with Master Joe Lok founder of Phoenix in Graceful Clouds of Blessing Tai Chi Qigong, and trained in the Taoist Breathing set Open Door Five.
2016 Master Reid introduced Sifu Kenneth to Dr. George Xavier Love of the Blue Dragon Qigong system. In 2018 Kenneth was one of 11 new Blue Dragon Medical Qigong Certified Instructors, earning 3 certifications: 50 Hrs. Qi Fitness Trainer, 100 hrs. Qigong Physiotherapy, and Medical Qigong Trainier.
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