I was born in New York City, went to college in Oklahoma, and was a combat Marine in Vietnam. After active duty, I became a CIA clandestine operations officer, serving undercover in seven field assignments and in three of the Agency’s four directorates. Studying Chinese medicine after retiring from the Agency, I’M now a nationally certified and Virginia Medical Board licensed acupuncturist. When not practicing medicine, I practic martial arts, having co-founded a school that teaches kung fu, taijiquan and qigong. I’m married, Have two daughters, and enjoy living and working in Northern Virginia.
I published a memoir, “Paths less travelled of a scholar warrior (Spy) teacher Healer.” My story begins with me as a scrawny runt in a Chinese immigrant family. I get bullied so often I yearn to be like the kung fu heroes I see in the movies. I become a Marine to prove himself, but the futility of war makes me wonder what it would take to achieve peace. I join the CIA’s clandestine service, only to see my career threatened in an ordeal that makes him reevaluate my life purpose, leading me to chase my dream to study Chinese medicine. Along the way, I apprentice with top martial arts masters, and open a school to pass on what I’ve learned.
While my journey seems to take divergence paths, those familiar with stories about the knights of ancient China will recognize I’ve been travelling a singular path — a four-fold one of Scholar Warrior Teacher Healer, with Spy thrown in.
Here’s a link short video clip, “I suck at pingpong,” I posted on youtube to explain why I wrote the memoir: http://youtu.be/YyoirUXMrm8