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.
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. In 2011 he met Pendekar Bahati Mershant and was introduced to Tenaga Dalam and the healing practices of Southeast Asia. In 2012 he was introduced to 10th Degree Guru Besar Daniel Prasetya of Inti Ombak and in 2015 he traveled with Pendekar Bahati and Guru Daniel to Indonesia where he was introduced to the Lakutama, Tama Yoga and additional healing practices of the archipelago. Master Reid is currently a private student of both instructors.
In 2015 Master Reid met Dr. George Love, the lineage holder for Blue Dragon 8 Immortal Qigong, and began in-depth studies of Dr. Love's system. Currently Sr. Master Reid is a ranking private student of Dr. Lover with regards to the study of Qigong.