6th Degree Master Michael Reid is the Founder and Chief Instructor 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 Reidhas 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 and 4 students that he served as Shixing, "teacher older brother", that have also reached that 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 three 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.
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 join 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.
Master Reid has had the blessed privledge to have worked with thousands of students since 1993. He is proud to have trained many skilled martial artist 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.