Jonathan began his practice of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts at the age of five at Yang's Martial Arts in Andover, MA. Under the guidance of Mr. Chris Fazzio, Jonathan progressed in the YMAA Shaolin curriculum for 15 years.
Beginning his teaching career in 2000, Jonathan has since aided and instructed at numerous seminars and training camps in the United States and worldwide. He has also judged and competed since 2008 in various tournaments around the nation, winning Grand Champion in both Shaolin and Tai Chi
In March 2008, Jonathan was accepted as a disciple in the intensive 10-year training program at the YMAA California Retreat Center to train under the direct supervision of renowned martial arts teacher and author, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. He graduated June 2018 as the only Retreat Center student to earn YMAA Instructor certifications in the Shaolin and Taijiquan curriculums.
At the Center, Jonathan also began the study of media production under Prof. Rii Kanzaki. Through Prof. Kanzaki's instruction, he began to develop an interest and passion for photography and videography, and has participated in front of and behind camera in many YMAA productions. In November 2013, Jonathan co-founded Barking Rabbit Media with Michelle Lin. Since then, the duo have spearheaded many productions for Dr. Yang, YMAA Retreat Center, YMAA Publication Center, and Newendao (YMAA Chile).
Jonathan plans to help preserve the traditional Chinese martial arts through continued practice, teaching classes and workshops, writing articles and books, and producing instructional videos.
Fundamental Martial Arts Conditioning: Jumping (Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine, May/June 2009)
Fundamental Martial Arts Conditioning: Speed (Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine, March/April 2010)
YMAA Media Production
Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu, Advanced Sequences 1 (YMAA Publication Center, December 2010)
Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu, Advanced Sequences 2 (YMAA Publication Center, October 2012)
Kung Fu Body Conditioning 1 (YMAA Publication Center, March 2011)
Kung Fu Body Conditioning 2 (YMAA Publication Center, June 2012)
Camera Operator, Talent
Yang Tai Chi for Beginners (YMAA Publication Center, January 2012)
Meridian Qigong (YMAA Publication Center, August 2014)
Production Manager, Director of Photography, Camera Operator
Neigong: Martial Qigong for Internal Power (YMAA Publication Center, October 2014)
Tai Chi Sword for Beginners (YMAA Publication Center, July 2015)
Production Manager, Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Photographs
Sai Fundamental Training (YMAA Publication Center, January 2016)
Production Manager, Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Talent, Photographs