Mr. Chris Walsh
My name is Chris Walsh and the first athletic experience I remember was a Tae Kwon Do studio I went to in Los Angeles, CA back in 3rd grade Through Junior High and High School in Georgia, my athletic focus was on sports where I played soccer and baseball. In college in Sacramento, CA, I again experimented with Tae Kwon Do and Judo at the same time I maintained my physical condition with Tennis. While these pursuits all brought me physical training, there was no emphasis on character or a balance of mind-body-spirit.
Then, after college, I moved to Fremont, CA, entered the high-tech industry and worked my way up to a Director position in a major technology company. I focused on work to the exclusion of most exercise, only occasionally carving out time to hike or play volleyball or softball. In 1997 I quit my job and started training at the First Tang Soo Do of Fremont, where I was introduced to the “whole person” concept of a traditional martial art. While training, I was also lucky enough to participate in the birth and growth process of the “David Bell Tang Soo Do Show” on cable access, where I served as Editor and Director for 4 years.
Also during this time, I ventured into starting my own company and grew it to 15 employees. In 2002, the economic downturn in the Silicon Valley economy and subsequent loss of business made me rethink my venture and eventually shut down the company. I am currently an IT Director at Polycom, Inc. – the leading manufacturer of Audio and Video conferencing equipment.
I have been married since 1989 to a wonderful woman, Maureen, who is also a student at First Tang Soo Do of Fremont and about to test for Cho Dan Bo. In addition to working and training in Tang Soo Do, we both participate in a historical re-creation society that focuses on life in the Middle Ages.