Since 1976, Marc has been—and still is—a student of the martial arts. He earned a black belt in Chinese Kempo from Sifu Al Thomas at the School of the White Tiger in Oakland, CA. He was awarded a second black belt in Chinese Ch’uan Fa from Sifu John Wong at the Wu Shing Tai Chi School in Fairfield, CA. He trained in Serrada Escrima with grandmaster Angel Cabales from whom he obtained the rank of Guro. His study of Taijiquan began under the tutelage of John Wong beginning in 1985. He continued his studies with Bill Chin at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park Tai Chi Ch'uan starting in 1992. He studied in semi-private classes with Bruce Frantzis in San Anselmo, CA. Then in 1996, he met Patrick Lee who opened the door to Chen Taijiquan. Throughout his career he has met and learned from a variety of masters including, Chen Zhonghua, Chen Qing Zhou, Chen Youze, Stuart Alve Olson, Wally Jay, Master Ha, and Professor Lieh. As a martial arts instructor, Marc has been teaching since 1980. He was the chief instructor at Vortex Taijiquan in New York City from 1998 until 2007. He ran the program at the 92nd Street Y, the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute as well as conducting classes throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn New York. He is currently teaching Taijiquan at Hudson Valley Tai Chi in Cold Spring, Beacon, and NYC.
Healing and Ministerial Works
One of the great honors Marc is granted is to perform weddings, provides counseling, and giving inspirational talks. In 2004 Marc was ordained as an interfaith minister. His turn into being a spiritual leader came about quite naturally from Marc’s approach to his work in the martial arts. Perceiving that conflict and fear govern much human interaction, he has investigated the psychological and emotional consequences of untrained and instinctual behaviors. Conflict resolution requires both presence of mind and the ability to think critically in the midst of stressful situations. As a healer, Marc has helped to guide his clients through major life transitions by contextualizing the past, helping to resolve traumas, and guiding people into a productive acceptance of their lives. His work is based upon linking spiritual practice with Taijiquan.
Marc has served in leadership and management roles throughout his working career. He possesses a unique combination of skills he uses to synthesize complex ideas into digestible communications. He applies a variety of presentational skills and esthetic sensitivities in service of his client’s business objectives. Marc distills a comprehensive understanding of clients’ operations into concise, relevant communications necessary for their customers and/or investors.
At MKTworks, Inc., (Marketing Works), a full-service advertising and marketing firm, Marc heads up project management, client relations, and media relations, as well as the development and execution of marketing communications for established clients and start-up ventures. Since joining the company's management team in 2005 to help implement their trademarked offering: Risk Managed Marketing.™ Marc has been instrumental in facilitating venture development for several disruptive technology companies. He is instrumental in formulating strategic plans for technology innovators, and in facilitating their implementation into the marketplace and helping the firm expand its client base. With a background as marketing research project manager, real estate manager, and international theatre producer, Marc has led several entrepreneurial enterprises in California, London, and New York.
His theatrical career began with the founding of the not-for-profit Prysm Theater Company in Berkeley, California in 1976. Since that time his original productions have played at festivals in theaters in the United States and Great Britain. Most recently he has had the pleasure of directing his eldest daughter Sophie original one act play “Snow Day” by Patrick Lennon. Marc was an adjunct faculty member of the Pratt Institute where he instructed courses in screenwriting and acting.
Marc earned his Baccalaureate degree from Sonoma State University and his Masters of Fine Arts from San Francisco State. After moving to New York City, he completed the Seminary course at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary and was ordained in 2004 where he delivered the commencement address at Saint John the Divine.
Marc lives with his wife and two daughters in Cold Spring New York. His eclectic interests have guided his life in both his career and his commitment to serve the greater good for the community, environment, and the world. Bearing in mind that contributions happen one person at a time, Marc has spent his life in service and continues to pursue excellence in all his endeavors.