My name is Colman Fink. I was born and raised in South Africa. As part of the Chinese community, it wasn't unusual for me during the sixties in my early youth to watch Kungfu movies. This was my first interest in the martial arts.
When I was in high school, Master Tchoung Ta-chen (Zhong Dashen) came to South Africa to teach Tai Chi to the Chinese community in Johannesburg. This resulted in the formation of the S. A. Chinese Tai Chi Chuan Club which I had joined, commencing my first active participation in the martial arts. When I entered the University of the Witwatersrand, I joined the local JKA Shotokan club on campus. This club was run by Sensei Stan Schmidt. This was to be my prime martial arts training for the next four years.
When I graduated, I joined my current teacher Shifu/Shihan Edward Jardine at his International Tai Chi Society and Yuishinkai Kobujutsu South Africa studio. Shihan Jardine introduced me to the Karate Jutsu (Inoue/Konishi lineage) and the Ryukyu Kobujutsu (Inoue/Taira/Yabiku lineage) of the Yuishinkai and Ryukyu Kobujutsu Hozon Shinko Kai systems. I've attained yondan level (4th dan) in these systems. At the same time, Master Jardine brought me back to the Tai Chi (Taiji) and Qigong systems as primarily taught to him by Grandmaster Duan Yu-chang.
In 1984, I relocated to Massachusetts in the USA. Currently I teach Tai Chi & Qigong at the Wareham Multi-Service Center in Wareham, at Oak Point in Middleborough and at Open Space Studio in Plymouth. I also teach Karate Jutsu and Ryukyu Kobujutsu (Kobudo) at the Wareham Multi-Service Center.
Currently I'm the Chief Instructor at Yuishinkai Kobujutsu USA and a Branch Chief in the USA for both Yuishinkai and Ryukyu Kobujutsu Hozon Shinko Kai.
I'm extremely grateful to my current and past teachers who have guided me on my martial art journey.