6th Degree Shaolin Master Michael Reid is the Founder and Chief Instructor of Reid's Premier Martial Arts. The Marietta Branch was established in 1993 and has proudly served Cobb County and metropolitan Atlanta for more than two decades. Master Reid has trained 5 students who have reached the rank of 5th Degree Associate Master - Master Tremayne Brown, Master Diane Davis, Master Diana Rixom, Master Darryl Wight, and Master Kenneth Zielinski. He has also served as Shixing, or "teacher older brother" to 4 students that have also reached the same distinction - Master David Montgomery, Master Robert Joiner, Master Agustine Aguirre and Master Kofi Smith. Master Reid is the ranking practitioner and head of operations for all Reid's Premier Martial Arts Schools and it affiliates through out the USA and on August 1, 2014 he was inducted into the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame.
Master Reid has extensive training in many Shaolin styles and several complete Shaolin Systems. He has been featured nationally in Inside Kung Fu Magazine (September 2004 ), on Metropolitan Atlanta television and radio and has written articles for local newspapers. Before becoming a full-time martial artist, Master Reid played six years of professional football with the Atlanta Falcons as an inside and outside linebacker. He has been involved in organized athletics for more than four decades. In conjunction with numerous athletic awards, Master Reid also excelled in his academic studies. He is one of few players to be named to both the All Big Ten Football & Academic teams. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in the spring of 1987 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in computer science and in the spring of 2000 he was elected to the Albany, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
His training began under 8th Degree Shaolin Elder Master Gary Grooms. He became Master Grooms senior and ranking Student and was the first student of Master Grooms to open a school.
On the Shaolin side of things Master Reid trained privately with Shaolin Grandmaster Sin Kwang The' and his "Uncles" 8th Degree Elder Master Garry Mullins & 8th Degree Elder Master Tim Nance. He spent considerable time with his "Older Brother", Sifu Steve Johnson, refining body mechanics and studying concept based martial arts principles.
He trained 6 years privately with Guru Bruce Jolly focusing on weapons application and empty hand combative techniques.
In addition, he worked for about a year and a half with Master Ji Jian Cheng, the director of Wu Shu at Hangzou University in China and a direct lineage descendent of Sun Lu-t'ang, in the study of Swimming Dragon Ba Gua and Hsing-I.
He met and was afforded the opportunity to train with Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming regarding Tai Chi principles and Chin Na and
he was a close friend of Sifu Terrance Walker (deceased) who exposed and trained him in many exotic arts such as African stick play, African Ground Snake, traditional Northern Shaolin and Preying Mantis.
Currently, in conjunction with his Shaolin studies, he is a private student of Pendekar Bahati Mershant (direct student of Bapak Willem DeThouars, Guru Besar Pendekar Herman Suwanda and Pendekar Jim Ingram)
and Guru Phillip Ghee in the Art of Kuntao/Silat.
He is under the guidance of Guru Daniel Prasetya in the study of Inti Ombak Silat Principals and Pusaka Sakti Mataram Lakutama.
In October 2015, Master Reid joined the Premier Martial Arts Group that is under the guidance of its founder Master Barry VanOver and he trains Krav Maga under the guidance of Krav Maga Universal Lead Instructor Erni Kirk.
In March of 2016 Master Reid hosted "The Blue Dragon" Dr. George Love a 300 year Chinese Qi Gong Family Lineage Holder and now works with him privately to deepen his understanding of Chinese Qi Gong for health and martial usage.
Master Reid has had the blessed privilege to have worked with thousands of students since 1993. He is proud to have trained many skilled martial artists and to have positively influenced the growth and personal development of his students. Because of the Shaolin Martial Arts rich history, lineage and his personal network, you will be afforded the opportunity to work with many high level instructors while training at the Reid's Premier Martial Arts.
Timeline of Significant Events
1988 - Master Reid Began Training Martial Arts At the Chinese Shaolin Center
1993 - Master Reid Originally Opened As The Marietta Branch of The Chinese Shaolin Center For The Martial Arts Under The Direction & Guidance Of Master Gary Grooms
- Shaolin Grandmaster Sin Kwang The' Awards Sifu Michael Reid His Teaching Certification
- Shaolin Grandmaster Sin Kwang The', Sifu Michael Reid and Master Gary Grooms
- Sifu Michael Reid and his teacher Master Gary Grooms
- Opening Day Dignitaries - Rey Cerezo - Chief Instructor Norcross, Nate Odoms - Cornerback Buffalo Bills & Atlanta Falcons (Teamate of Sifu Reid at U.Wisconis), Jessie "The Hammer Tuggle" - Linbacker with Atlanta Falcons, Sifu Michael Reid - former Atlanta Falcon Linebacker & owner of CSC-Marietta, Michael Haynes - Wide Receiver Atlanta Falcons & New Orleans Saints (Teammate with Falcons), Elbert Shelly - Saftey Atlanta Falcons (Teammate with Falcons), Joel Williams - Former Linebacker Atlanta Falcons & Philadelphia Eagles (Teammate with Falcons), Master Gary Grooms - Sifu Reid's Instructor
1995 - First Chinese Shaolin Center Marietta Black Belt Class
1998 - Georgia Tech Program Reopens
Sifu Stewart Little, Master Reid's Senior student at this time, reopens the Georgia Tech Shaolin Kung Fu & Tai Chi Club Program
2000 - Albany Georgia Sports Hall Of Fame
In April of 2000 Master Reid is inducted into his home towns Sports Hall Of Fame
2001 - Chinese Shaolin Center Atlanta 15 Year Celebration Demo
Sifu Michael Reid Performing Drunken Spear at 15 Year
2001 - China/Tibet Trip
- Master Reid in 2001 was part of a group of 83 Shaolin Students from the USA led by Grandmaster Sin Kwang The’s and his instructor Elder Master Gary Grooms to travel to China. The group traveled to Beijing, Chen Village, Shaolin Temple, Xian and Tibet and were afforded the opportunity study Chinese Culture and see demonstrations of both Wu Shu and Chinese Traditional Martial Arts.
- Master Reid was privileged to perform at Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing at Liang Yi Quan’s Shaolin school in the town of DengFeng and finally few days later at the school of Zhao Zhang Jun in Xian
- Performance of Hua 2 Man Set by Master Gary Grooms and Sifu Michael Reid
2003 - Promotion To 5th Degree Associate Master
2003 - Opening Of Chinese Shaolin Center Northwest Georgia
Sifu Vince Vickers began training with Master Reid in 1995. In 2003 he opened the Chinese Shaolin Center of Rome Georgia Club Program
2004 Article In Inside Kung Fu Magazine
- In September 2004 Master Reid was featured in Inside Kung Fu’s September 2004. The article “Reiding The Defense” was written by Mark Malcolm
2008 - Chinese Shaolin Center Atlanta Teams with High Museum to "Bring The Terracotta Warriors To Life"
2008 - Demonstration at the Fox Theater
2008 - 1st Kung Fu Student To Reach 5th Degree Associate Master
2009 - Senior Ladies Reach 5th Degree Associate Master
2010 - Promotion To 6th Degree Master
2012 - Guru Bahati Holds First Kuntao/Silat Atlanta Gathering With Master Reid
2013 - 1st Atlanta Students To Test To 5th Degree Associate Masters In Internal Arts
- Master Reid's first students to earn promotions to 5th Degree Black Sash in Internal Arts
- Associate Master Diana Rixom
- Associate Master Darryl Wright
- Associate Master Kenneth Zielinski
2013 - 20 Year Celebration Chinese Shaolin Center Marietta/Reid's Shaolin Martial Arts
2013 - Change To Reid's Shaolin Martial Arts
October 2016 Chinese Shaolin Center Marietta becomes an independent school and the business name becomes Reid's Shaolin Martial Arts
2014 - Hawaii Trip
In 2014 Master Reid lead a group of 10 Atlanta students to a Southeast Asian Martial Arts Gathering held by his Kuntao Silat Instructor Pendekar Bahati Mershant. The group studied Silat and Tenaga Delam with Guru Bahati hist training brothers Guru Bernard Chong, Guru Leo Sues, Grandmaster Billy White and his senior students Guru Gordon Buck, Guru Bobby King and Guru Bryan Dasilva. They were also given the opportunity to inhale the traditional culture of Hawaii and were blessed to train components of “Lua”, the Traditional Hawaiian martial arts, Ali'i" Miner who not only taught martial arts training techniques, he shared the history and culture of his people along with the mentality that the warriors bring not only martial arts, but how they live their life. As a special bonus his teacher Oloh'e (Lua master) Jerry Walker, who has over 60 years of training not only in the deadly family art of Lua, but also through a huge variety of Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Hawaiian systems.
2014 - Sifu Wes Otto, A Senior 4th Degree Student Of Master Reid, Opens Reid's Shaolin Martial Arts At North Point which also transitions to Reid's Premier Martial Arts North Point
2014 - Masters Hall Of Fame Induction
Congratulations to Master Michael Reid on his induction into the Masters Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Master Reid, a 6th Degree Shaolin Master and private student in the art of Kuntao/Silat began his training in 1988 and opened his first school - "The Chinese Shaolin Center for the Martial Arts - Marietta" in 1993. Master Reid, the founder of "Michael Reid's Shaolin Martial Arts", believes in all traditional disciplines of martial arts - such as Karate, Kung Fu, Judo, Ju Jit Su, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Kuntao, Silat, Capiero, Tai Chi, Pa Kua, Hsing-I, Southeast Asian System, etc, He believes that they all have value with regards to self defense but where their true power lie is as instruments of physical, mental and spiritual personal development.
Master Reid has worked selflessly over the last 22 years as a Senior and Master level instructor to help individual students grow and learn to use the discipline of martial arts training in their everyday life's. Master Reid's induction into the Master Hall of Fame took place on Friday August 1, 2014 in at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach California!
Congratulations Master Reid from all of your students, teachers and your extended family of martial artist and martial arts organizations on a well deserved honor and all of the accolades and recognition that comes with it. You have been an example of what it means to be a martial arts practitioner, teacher and student.
2015 - Indonesia Trip
In May/June 2015 Master Reid along with his students Sifu Wes Otto, Sifu Taylor Nichols and Mr. Kireeti Sangadala travel with Guru Bahati to study Silat and experience the culture of Indonesia.
The group flew into Jakarta and traveled to Bandung, Indonesia where they trained with several well respected Silat experts - Abah Gending of Garis Paksi. Guru Besar Muhamad Rafijen Maenpo Peupeuhan Adung Rais (MPAR) and Ky Yudha Winata a flag bearer of the Chimande system. After this they traveled to Central Java, and Budorbudo with Guru Bahati Mershant, Mas Siget, Guru Daniel Prasetya of Lakutama and Inti Ombak and Bali where they trained with Guru Besar Bambang Suwanda of Mande Muda Tri Suwanda.
2015 - "The Silk Warrior" Kumu Michelle Manu
In 2015 Master Reid invited Kumu Michelle Manu - “The Silk Warrior”, to Atlanta to teach a major woman’s self-defense course and to share Kaihewalu Hawaiian Lua and Hula. He looks forward to having Kumu Michelle back for future event.
2015 Temple Underground Radio Interview
Gurjot Singh of Temple Underground Radio Interviews Master Reid with regards to his background in martial arts, teachers and influences, study of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Ba Gua and Internal Training, his commitment to working with and teaching personal development for kids and much more!!!
2015 - Reid's Shaolin Martial Arts Joins Premier Martial Art
- After consulting with Martial Arts Management Group for a year and a half the decision is made and Reid's Shaolin Martial Arts-Marietta joins the Premier Martial Arts Family and becomes Reid's Premier Martial Arts of Marietta
2016 - Dr. George Love Visit Premier Martial Arts Marietta
March 2016 Master Reid invited Dr. George Love “The Blue Dragon” a 300 year old Chinese Family Qi Gong Lineage holder to share his thoughts regarding Chinese Qi Gong and he is now also working privately with Dr. Love to expand his personal knowledge and understanding of Chinese Qi Gong.