Chris Richardson began training in the martial arts in 1999 under Grandmaster
Laurie Shover. In August of 2017 Chris earned his 5th degree black
belt and became a master in the art of Shoalin Kempo Karate. He credits the
martial arts for making him a better person in many ways.
his journey Master Richardson competed in many martial arts tournaments. At the
rank of white belt he competed in his first martial arts tournament in New
York. After his first tournament he became hooked on competing and entered numerous
tournaments that spanned many states including New York, Vermont, Massachusetts,
and Connecticut. Some he would win, some he would lose. Every time he learned
something and became a better martial artist and person. Competing was always
scary for him. Regardless he went out there and did his best with hundreds of
eyeballs watching his every move. After achieving higher ranks over the years
Master Richardson transitioned from competing in tournaments to being a judge
at local Villari’s tournaments. He has been a judge for dozens of students over
Richardson began teaching kids and helping out with the dojo at the rank of
green belt. In 2008 he began teaching kids at his own satellite location in
Richmond VT. Currently he teaches kids in Essex and Richmond. With years under
his belt Master Richardson has become an experienced instructor for both kids
and adults. He aims to teach in the way he was taught by Grandmaster Laurie Shover.
He knows the benefits of martial arts first hand and wants to extend the
opportunity to others through his teachings.