Tom Kao

Biographical Information
Mr. Kao is a native to Albuquerque, New Mexico
His parents were originally from Mainland, China and eventually immigrated to the United States
His studies of Kenpo Karate began in New Mexico since 1975

Since 1987 Mr. Kao’s instruction of the Yang Style Tai Chi has been developed through the teachings of Doc Fei Wong, Terence Dunn and Dr. Yang Jwing Ming
His foundation of training is in Kenpo Karate; an eclectic Southern Chinese System derived from several Kung Fu styles, and has studied for over 35 years
He is also a senior member of Hung Gar Kung Fu, a traditional Southern Chinese System and has been active in this style since 1993
Mr. Kao also trained in the Filipino Martial Arts known as Escrima since 1994 and has knowledge in the Derobio, Serrada and Lamenco Systems

Teaching History:
Mr. Kao opened his martial arts school in 1984 and subsequently founded his own system (Karate Institute of Chinese Kenpo).  Although the primary roots taught in his system are based on the Kenpo structure, he incorporates all disciplines in his teachings at his school.  He teaches both private and group classes
He currently instructs Tai Chi Chuan at Defined Fitness for beginner and advanced students
He also held Tai Chi sessions at Old Town Plaza which was contracted through the City of Albuquerque
Mr. Kao taught after school martial arts programs to APS schools

Volunteer Work:
He taught Tai Chi seminars for the Multiple Sclerosis Society
His martial arts school participated and donated to special fund raising events for both the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Muscular Dystrophy Association
He volunteered at the Annual Wheelchair Summer Camp by offering classes for handicapped children
He offered Women’s Self Defense Classes through the City of Albuquerque
Mr. Kao is well known in the Martial Arts Community and has participated in martial arts tournaments as head judge and also the director for the Chinese Martial Arts Division at the NM Games
He is currently the Volunteer Coordinator for the LBJ Coyoyte Safety Patrols through APS, a program that provides student security and safety initiatives
Mr. Kao is also a Mentor for APS through the YDI program
He is recognized for his valued commitment, time, and support to the United States Probation and Pretrial Services, Wellness Program

Currently holds a 7th Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate
Obtained a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Derobio Escrima
Has Senior ranking in Hung Gar Kung Fu
Currently holds a security clearance through APS
He is also currently CPR and AED certified

He is an active member of the American Chuan Fa Society
And of the Chin Wu Athletic Association of the Philippines