Master Chisholm is a 65th Generation student of Tien Shan Pai and a direct disciple of Grandmaster Huang, Chien-Liang. He started his training with Grandmaster Huang in 1989 and, under Grandmaster Huang’s supervision, has studied traditional Tien Shan Pai, including lei tai fighting, Qi Gong, Nei Gong, tie sha zhang (iron palm), cao long zhuang (grass dragon pole), and Qin Na, as well as Yang Style Tai Ji Quan.
Master Chisholm is a 3rd degree Black Sash in Tien Shan Pai under Grandmaster Huang and a 4th degree Black Sash under the certification standards of The World Kuoshu Federation (TWKSF). He is also an internationally certified level B referee. Master Chisholm served as Director for the 2005 United States Chinese Kuoshu Federation (USCKF) International Tournament and as Assistant Director for the USCKF tournaments in 1999 and 2001 through 2004. He has also been the United States Kuo Shu Federation (USKSF) Secretary General since 2007.
Master Chisholm was a member of the United States national team at the 7th and 8th World Kuoshu Championship tournaments, held in Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C. in 1992 and 1996. In 1992, at the 7th World Kuoshu Championships, he won 1st place in empty hand two person sets and 3rd place in weapon two person sets. In 1996, at the 8th World Kuoshu Championships, he won 1st place in empty hand two person sets and 2nd place in weapon two person sets. Master Chisholm received the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame’s “Outstanding Achievement of the Year” award with his induction into the hall in 1992 following his championship title in Taiwan. Master Chisholm has competed, demonstrated, and judged at events in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has also been a member of several Tien Shan Pai demonstration teams which raised funds for September 11th relief efforts, the Maryland Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the St. Jude Children’s Research Center, and The Children’s Home. Master Chisholm’s efforts to help promote Chinese Kuoshu and Tien Shan Pai have been recognized by citations from Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich, Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley, and Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, in addition to Inside Kung-Fu magazine, Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall of Fame awards, and the Owings Mills Times.
As a sixteen year public school teacher, Master Chisholm was also named Baltimore County’s Elementary Educator of the Year in 2003. He feels privileged and honored to be a student of Grandmaster Huang and strives to propagate Tien Shan Pai and help pass the torch to the next generation at the US Kuoshu Academy.