Senior Master Michael Reid began his martial arts journey in 1988, under the guidance of Elder Master Gary Grooms. As the senior student of Master Grooms, Master Reid established the Chinese Shaolin Center Marietta in 1993, a school which has proudly served Cobb County and metropolitan Atlanta for more than two decades.
In his progression to 7th Degree Shaolin Senior Master, Michael Reid has trained with a number of high-level martial artists and healers. Within Shaolin, Master Reid has trained privately with Shaolin Grandmaster Sin Kwang The'. He has also spent a considerable amount of time with 8th Degree Elder Masters Garry Mullins and Tim Nance. Master Reid considers both men to be his martial “uncles” and credits them with freely sharing information and advice about training.
Finally, Master Reid credits his "older brother", Sifu Steve Johnson for introducing him to a concept-based approach to martial arts which focuses on principles and refined body mechanics.