Dr. Mark Cheng is a rarity in the fields of acupuncture & Chinese manual medicine (TCM), clinical pain management & rehabilitation, traditional martial arts & combative sciences, and functional movement-based sports training. Recognized as one of StrongFirst’s Senior SFG ranked kettlebell instructors, Cheng had the rare opportunity to study intensively and directly for years under the personal guidance of legendary kettlebell training pioneer and strength coach, Pavel Tsatsouline. In addition to his teaching duties for StrongFirst, Dr. Cheng also serves as part of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) teaching faculty for Functional Movement Systems. He has taught extensively in Asia representing these two complimentary bodies of knowledge. In addition to serving over a decade as a contributing editor to Black Belt Magazine, his martial arts background, including instructor certifications in Jeet Kune Do & Filipino martial arts under legendary Bruce Lee protege Dan Inosanto, Combat Shuai-Chiao under Masters David CK Lin and James Lin, and Sil Lum Fut Ga under Master Harlan Lee, has helped him to cross reference uniquely and deliver training concepts to a wide variety of athletes and coaches seeking to find the edge for themselves and their clientele
As a Ph.D. in Chinese medicine & acupuncture, a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the State of California, and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) certified clinician, Dr. Cheng is in private practice in Santa Monica, California, and regularly consults for professional athletes & those whose livelihoods depend on the optimal pain-free functioning of their bodies. He has taught Chinese Tui-Na manual medical therapies for the two most prominent acupuncture colleges in the Los Angeles area. In addition to his clinical and seminar work, Dr. Cheng has also appeared in numerous video instructional resources with Gray Cook, Dr. Jimmy Yuan, Dr. Charlie Weingroff, as well as having created Beachbody’s Tai-Chi based “Tai Cheng” program and his own Prehab-Rehab 101 system with On Target Publications.
Most recently, Dr. Cheng has created K3 Combat Movement Systems, which draws on concepts from his different fields of research and experience to create a holistic means of developing, optimizing, and restoring the body to achieve top performance under stress using clinical, aesthetic, conditioning, and combative training methods. www.drmarkcheng.com
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