Sensei Chris Peterson
Chris began his martial career in 1999, training Shoshin Ryu under Sensei Jesse Bair. The training and philosophy of the martial arts was immediately appealing to Chris. He received his shodan in Shoshin Ryu in 2004. Around this same time he began to train more ne waza, tonfa and Iai, all of which he still enjoys training regularly today. He is well versed in nage having trained for many years with the BSU Judo group and continues to refine his atemi under high level mentors in Shoshin Ryu. Chris’ teaching also continues to evolve as he studies in areas such as communication, public speaking, and methods of training/teaching.
Chris has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Boise State University and continues to study the likes of Takuan, Munenori, Musashi, and Tesshu. He firmly believes that it is not one’s natural talents and abilities that determine success in martial arts, but rather that anyone can achieve the highest levels if only they have the persistence. Chris currently holds the rank of Sandan in Shoshin Ryu and is a member of the Executive Board. He teaches many classes throughout the week and enjoys teaching all levels and age groups.