Martial arts grandmaster, doctor of Oriental medicine, Inter-faith Minister, Holistic Healer, Teacher, Mentor, Author, Screenwriter, Editor, book publisher, and Film Producer on the path to actualize his greatest self.
He was born into this world turbulently, coming forth from the womb in only six months, lungs underdeveloped, and placed in an incubator for three months before feeling his mother’s embrace. It is believed that this early trauma led to his underdevelopment causing him severe chronic pain, muscle stiffness, and hampered cardiovascular development.
Since 1994, Mark has been conducting extensive training and research in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Japan. During that time, he lived in Tokyo and made an impressive 20 visits to the Philippines. In 2000, Mark was the first person to conduct martial art research among the MatigSalog tribe of Mindanao, Philippines. At The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology he examined and identified a portion of the museum’s extensive martial artifacts from the Philippines.
His research has not been as a mere scholar reporting on ethnographic martial, traditional healing and spiritual practices around The United States, Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, but as an expert and researcher, a true participant-observer, both experiencing the training, treatment, and rituals via direct participation in them, as well as observing them from the side while recording, taking photos and interviewing the masters and participants for a well-rounded perspective – matched with tracking down and collecting direct reference materials. The press and his peers have called him a modern Renaissance Man, an Omega Man, and a Trail Blazer for the breadth and depth of his education, research, practices, and publications.
For the past 20 years he has worked in the US and Asia in the publishing and marketing fields, specifically related to the areas of health, wellness and martial arts. He is a prolific non-fiction writer.