About Chris Dewey

Chris is a professional personal life coach with more than thirty years of coaching and advising experience. Chris is also a martial artist, an acupuncturist, herbalist and practitioner of Asian body work focusing on tuina and medical qigong. Chris is a graduate of Traditional Chinese Medicine from AOMA and a board-certified Diplomate in Oriental Medicine through NCCAOM. Chris is also a published author and poet, an award-winning nature photographer, entrepreneur, Reiki master,  geologist, and retired university professor.
 
By way of background, Chris began training as a martial artist in 1969.  He began taking photographs at about the same time, as a boy on holiday in the New Forest of Hampshire, and along the Dorset coastline, England. It was only a couple of years later that Chris wrote his first poem. Coincidentally, it was in 1969 that Chris decided that he was going to become a geologist and a university professor when he grew up. Later, he decided not to grow up. Chris followed his dreams and passions, reached many of his goals and was a university professor for almost thirty years. Chris retired from his faculty positions as a geologist in Geosciences and as a martial artist in Kinesiology in the summer of 2012. After retiring, Chris enrolled at AOMA Graduate School for Integrative Medicine to study Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and graduated in 2016.  While he was at AOMA, Chris was a member of the adjunct faculty and taught the Practice Management class. Chris still hasn't grown up.
 
Chris is an avid reader, has a deep love for the universe, the environment, for life and for understanding the place of man in the world. It was the driving passion to understand life, the meaning of the universe and the nature of the world around him that has led Chris to follow the life of a geologist and live in the world of the martial artist. It is from the confluence of these two passions that Chris has journeyed into coaching, poetry, photography and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  
 
His desire to build synergy in the world around him has led Chris to the world of  Oriental medicine, holistic healing and professional personal coaching. Both as a practitioner of TCM and as a professional personal coach, Chris seeks to work with people who are committed to personal growth and who embrace the challenge of living a life of awe-filled discovery. Consequently, Chris resonates most strongly with clients who seek life-long learning opportunities, and who strive for understanding not just about themselves, but about their sense of place and their sense of belonging and being in the world.
 
Chris is an entrepreneur and owned his own successful martial arts school from 1996 until he sold it in 2012 (when he retired from the University). Chris is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Akayama Ryu Ju Jutsu, and holds seventh degree black belt in Ju Jutsu, sixth in Judo, fourth in Taekwondo and third in Hapkido. Chris has been a national-level competitor, coach and referee in Judo. From 2000-2005 he was Chair of the United States Judo Association Coach Education Committee. Chris has distilled the experiences of a lifetime in the martial arts into a highly focused,  broadly-based, and very popular masterclass text. He was also monthly featured columnist in Martial Arts Professional Magazine from 2004-2007. Several of the articles he published can be seen on the Business Articles page.
 
His desire to study, understand, document and express the world in which he moves has led him to the pen, the camera and the computer keyboard. It is through the lens created by all of these experiences that Chris writes the Pathways newsletter. It is through the crucible of these experiences that Chris has acquired the deeply compassionate and penetrative skills of an expert Life Coach as well as a practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.