BIO

Rik Zak

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Rik Zak is the Chairman of the Calgary branch of the Honan Shaolin Association. He was born in 1951, and in 1976 he and his wife Rita moved to New York City, where he met Shifu Woo Chia Meng and began his decades-long journey as one of his senior disciples. Rik is also a creative director at Schroeder Inc., a New York brand development firm, a filmmaker, and a Professor Emeritus at the Alberta University of the Arts, where he served for years as Chair and Head of the Visual Communications Program.

Martial Arts 
Résumé 

1984-Present

Honan Shaolin (Cultural & Historical) Association, Calgary, Canada

Chief Instructor, Chairman

1982 - 1983

Honan Shaolin Association, Golden Dragon Team,

New York, USA

Instructor and Association President

Published books and Articles

 

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture

Routledge Press; 2008. Contributing author

The Dragons of Shanghai's Henan Shaolin Association, Published 2003 by the Honan Shaolin Association,​ author; ISBN-10: 0973368209

Shaolin Kung-Fu vs. Armed Attackers

Inside Kung-Fu Magazine, January, 1983, author

Shaolin Training: The First Decades of the 20th Century

Inside Kung-Fu Magazine, July 1982, author

Selected Seminars and Courses

1997 Professional Knife Combat and Defense Course: Part I:

Instructor: Former Green Beret, US Special Forces, Sergeant Gregory A. Walker.

1998 Professional Knife Combat and Defense Course: Part II: 

Instructor: Former Green Beret, US Special Forces, Sergeant Gregory A. Walker.

2000 Psychology of Combat:

The physiology and psychology of deadly conflict situations.

​Instructor: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, former US Airborne Ranger, Former Professor of Military Science at West Point.

2001 Psychology of Combat:

The physiology and psychology of deadly conflict situations.

​Instructor: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, former US Airborne Ranger, Former Professor of Military Science at West Point.

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