About Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy has been studying martial arts since 1971. His first training was in Tae Kwon Do. His first teacher was Wesley Doi, who taught an intro to TKD as an inter-mural class at Schmucker Middle School, Mishawaka, IN.. Mr. Doi was one of Mikes teachers.

He earned his first Black Belt, in Judo at the Kodokan in Japan, in 1979. He returned home from the Military where he began studying Juko Ryu Aki Jujitsu, and Kempo Jitsu with Randy Harvell, while continuing his training in Judo with Charlie Hooks in 1981.

1983 – 1987 he traveled for work a lot, and trained where and with whoever he could.

In 1987 he moved to Chicago and began studying  and teaching Shaolin Kempo Karate.

In 1991 he left a career in telecommunications in Chicago for Madison, WI. where he became a full time Martial Arts instructor/owner of a Martial Arts school. There he studied and taught many martial arts from China, Japan, Korea, Philippines, and Indonesia. From 1987 to 1994 Mike was with Fred Villari’s organization, Mikes primary Teacher was Hugh McLaughlin. He also trained with other Villari masters such as  Fred Bagley, John Fritz, and Joan Richert.

In 1994 Mike left the Villari organization.

In 1994 Mike began to teach Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo at his school under Bruce Juchnik. During this time frame learning the healing arts became an important part of  training. He began training Cheng Man Ching style Tai Chi, and Chi Kung.

In 1996 Mike Murphy stopped teaching anyone that wasn’t at least Black Belt level in one system of another, and began a search down his own path. He left the Sei Kosho Shorei Kai at that time.

In 1996 Mike moved back to Chicago and trained Liu Ho Pa Fa , Hsing-I, and Chi Kung with Master Wai Lun Choi. Mike trained with Master Choi through the 1996-1997 time frame.

In 2002 Mike began training with Sifu James McNeil. His main training with Master McNeil is Tzu Men Chuan, Pa Kua, Iron Hand, Shih Shui, Physic Healing, Xiao Jiu Tian Wu Tao, Chen Style Tai Chi, and Hsing I. 

Though Mike had been training Chen style taijiquan since 2002, in 2004 Mike began training “Chen Practical Method Taijiquan” as well. 

Mike has added Reiki to his studies, and has become a Master of Gendai Reiki, Tibetan Reiki, and Karuna Reiki (trademark) under Pam Jones. Holy Fire Reiki and Holy Fire Karuna Reiki under William Lee Rand.

Mike is once again teaching all levels students publicly. From beginners with no experience that just need to quickly learn self-defense, to those with decades of training seeking deeper understanding.

  1. Doug Melanson
    July 3, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Is this the Mike Murphy that has all the great YouTube videos of Shaolin Kempo forms? If so thank you for putting great videos on there for all to see. I for one appreciate it. I also feel good because my material is almost exactly like yours so it shows much hasn’t been watered down. Thank you!!!

    • mwmurphy59
      July 5, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Yes Doug I am one and the same. Good to hear from you.

  2. Bob Paczwa
    March 16, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Greetings Mr. Murphy
    Bob Paczwa here.
    I assume you are my old sensei from the Middleton WI International Martial Arts Academy. I am sorry we lost track. My health was at it’s best back when. I have since lost my ankle cartilege and hobble in braces. Lost track of everyone outside of family.

    Are you still in Chicago area? I am on 5 acres near Verona WI. Love to hear from you.

    • mwmurphy59
      March 16, 2019 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Bob,

      It is great to hear from you. I’m in Mishawaka, IN. these days. I hear from a few guys once in a while. Are you still working full time? Are you doing any form of training? I have found that meditation, chi kung/nei kung, yoga, reiki, along with practicing the Internal martial arts systems are doing wonders for healing all the old injuries i have from external systems. My personal email is mwmurphy59@gmail.com if you would like to talk more. By the way here is my youtube channel with forms, seminars, etc. on it You might find some things of interest. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOfd7l0wKRhfFwYXCKEp1cw?view_as=subscriber

  3. Kyle
    December 1, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Hi Mike,

    Did you happen to do any Kung Fu and/or Tai Chi in Brisbane, Australia around 1988 at all?


    • mwmurphy59
      December 2, 2022 at 6:58 pm

      Hi Kyle,

      No I didn’t. I have always wanted to visit though.


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