Master, 2021 Orlando
Michael Aronson has studied Chinese martial arts since 1997. Prior to that, he trained in wrestling, winning two state championships. His areas of study include Northern Eagle Claw Kung Fu under Grandmaster Leung Shum in New York, as well Northern Shaolin Family Style Nine Birds and Northern Long Fist/Southern White Crane/Yang Style Tai Chi under Jeff Bolt (senior student of Dr. Yang Jwing Ming). Aronson competed for 20 years and now serves as a national judge and referee at martial arts tournaments. Aronson’s specific area of expertise, which he has honed over many years, is his ability to apply the Chinese art of Chin Na, or seizing, grabbing, and controlling the opponent in real-life situations. He also earned an MBA in Finance. He teaches martial arts at his Birds of Prey school in Houston, Texas.