Instructor

Chris DeTora began formal training in Chinese martial arts in 1994. Over the years he has studied several systems of Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Chi Gung. Outside of his formal training he explores these subjects through practice, secondary sources and application. These arts have become a way of life for him. Seeking to create the maximum benefit of training while still retaining quality and the essential character of the art, he has established 4-10 Training Systems in 2006 and created several novel programs for groups with specific needs. Over the years he has worked with at-risk youth, addiction treatment facilities, mental health programs, addiction counselors, athletes and coaches. He has a grasp of these arts, their benefits and how to apply them to the needs and goals of the student.

  • Martial Arts Background
    Current student of Sifu James Ran

    Past Instructors:

    Kwan Sai Hung

    Karl Romain

    Linda Morrissey

     

    Shaolin Kung Fu– Various styles with an emphasis on Northern Systems including Chang Chuan, Shuai Chiao and Shandong Black Tiger

    Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan– Various Long forms including Yang Family style, Short form, Tui Shou, Da Lu, San Shou, Sword form

    Ba Gua Zhang

    Hsing Yi Chuan

    Chi Gung– Various sets including 8 Brocades, 6 Healing Sounds, 5 Animals of Hua Tou, Taoist Rejuventations, Mind/Body Internal set, Tai Chi Ball, Tai Chi Ruler, 18 Postures of Tai Chi, and Various medical chi gung

  • Professional Background
    Zhen Xun Kung Fu

    2012

    Founder and Instructor

    4-10 Training Systems                                                        

    2006 – Present

    President

    Certified Recovery Coach and Recovery Coach Trainer

    V.C.S.                                                                                              

    2009

    Instructor N.Y. Model for Batterer Programs

    S.T.A.R. Kids                                                                          

    2006 – 2008

    Director of Prevention and Training

    Daytop Village                                                                                   

    2006

    Addictions Counselor/Case Manager

    Rockland Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Dependence

    2005

    Information and Referral Counselor

    Camp Venture, Inc

    1994 – 2005

    Residence Counselor

  • Programs Developed
    Tai Chi for Fall Prevention

    2011-Present

    Developed for in-patient mental health populations to reduce falls among residents, this program consists of exercises to increase strength, improve proprioception, increase balance and educate the residents about the physical mechanisms of equilibrium in their bodies. The exercises are adapted from Tai Chi and Chi Gung sets for ease of use and instruction to the needs of those in in-patient treatment.

     

    Kung Fu and Tai Chi as an Adjunctive Therapy in Addictions Treatment

    2009 – Present

    Created to illustrate the benefits and theoretical foundations of traditional Chinese martial and health exercises as adjuncts to Addiction Treatment for the benefit of Addiction Treatment Professionals. It includes basic information on addiction theory and process as well as martial and health theories from the Chinese perspective. The training includes an experience of the exercises as well as meditation. The counselors are taught how these exercises and philosophies are applicable to treatment.

     

    Counselor Wellness

    2007 – Present

    Counselors in any area can benefit from this program designed to decrease stress and tend their own well-being. It consists of some basic Chi Gung and Meditation techniques. There are also educational components on physical manifestations of stress, basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a foundation to Chi Gung and the theoretical foundations of the meditations learned.

     

    Tai Chi for Mental Health

    2006 – Present

    Tai Chi exercises are used to develop relaxation and increase health benefits for individuals in mental health treatment. The skills developed bolster treatment as well as being applicable to daily life. Breath work and meditation are large components of this program.

     

    M.A.S.T.E.R. Program

    Martial arts system to enhance recovery

    2006 – 2009

    MASTER was the original Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan program for people in drug treatment to enhance the services they receive. The martial arts and meditation exercises are given real world application with emphasis on the personal development aspects of training. The participants learned a variety of exercises and principles which improved life skills and enhanced the effects of drug treatment.

     

    Athletic Club Series

    2007 – 2008

    This educational series was a collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension and STAR Kids to discuss the prevention value of sports and activities in the lives of young people with coaches in the community.