About Us

The SMAC combines the depth and tradition of Chinese martial arts with the intensity and modern training techniques of MMA to work towards the common goals of fitness, health and personal excellence.

We utilize a modern, scientific understanding of the human body and state-of-the-art training equipment fused with traditional, time-tested training methods.

We are a safe, friendly, and family-oriented school. We utilize light contact sparring with appropriate protective gear. "Aliveness" is taught with practical application in mind. Nothing we do is for show; everything has intent.

We are not affiliated with the Shaolin Monastery in China; however, we do teach, study and practice forms of training that have been passed down as part of the Shaolin tradition for hundreds of years.

Using Shaolin philosophy, we have developed an integrated and comprehensive school of training which provides all the essential ingredients for anyone to become a master of Shaolin Kung Fu or a master of life.

We are not a religious organization; however, we do use Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist principles to explain the traditions behind the arts we teach.

About Our Founder

Sifu Mark Wright is our head instructor and the owner of the SMAC with over 30 years experience and Black Belts in Judo/ Jujitsu, Karate/Tae Kwon Do, and Shaolin/Chinese Kung Fu . The last 23 years have been dedicated specifically to the Chinese Martial Arts.

Sifu Wright is member of the Ching Yi Kung Fu Association, Black Belt Certificate #102 and a member in good standing with these organizations:

Sifu Wright also works as a personal fitness trainer and massage therapist and is studying to earn his doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is certified by the American Red Cross in First Aid and CPR.

He studies and practices the eastern philosophies of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism and is a member of the Dao Li Jiao School of Reason, Certificate #119

Sifu Mark Wright can be contacted by phone at 805-657-3353 or by email at mark@thewayofshaolin.com