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My Experiences

I’m grateful to have had a life filled with interesting experiences. Here are some of the professional and personal highlights of my journey.

PersonaL

2019

WEB CONTENT SPECIALIST

KAPIʻOLANI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
HONOLULU, HAWAIʻI, U.S.A.
Jul 2018 ~ Jul 2019

The Web and Mobile App Development Team at Kapi‘olani Community College’s (KCC) Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Technology (CELTT) maintains the websites and mobile applications for KCC and several other of the University of Hawaiʻi 10 campuses.

+ Student @ UHWO
+ Blogger / Vlogger / Podcaster

2018

Digital Marketing Manager

And You Creations, Inc.
HONOLULU, HAWAIʻI, U.S.A.
Jan 2018 ~ Jun 2018

Waikiki-based tour agency providing tours across the island of Oʻahu, including Dolphins and You, an open-ocean swim with dolphins in the wild, Island and You, a circle-island tour of Oʻahu, and Nature and You, a walking tour of Manoa Falls.

+ Owner @ Akamai Websites LLC
+ Student @ UHWO
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2017

+ Owner @ Akamai Websites LLC

Head Wushu Coach

Hawaii Wushu Center
HONOLULU, HAWAIʻI, U.S.A.
Jan 2017 ~ Sep 2017

Served as the Head External Wushu (Chinese Martial Arts) Coach (主教练) for the Hawaii Wushu Center, teaching the fundamentals, techniques and forms of wushu.

Molokai to Oʻahu

Moved from the island of Molokai to the island of Oʻahu.

+ Student @ UHWO
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2016

Digital Marketing Consultant

Molokai Kuhaʻo Business Center
Kaunakakai, HAWAIʻI, U.S.A.
Mar 2016 ~ Nov 2016

Served as a volunteer consultant to local small businesses. Provided guidance in areas of digital marketing, website design, and online business strategy.

+ Owner @ Akamai Websites LLC

Guest Wushu Coach

Pacific NW Martial Arts Academy
Mount Vernon, Washington, U.S.A.
Summer 2016

Taught a one month intensive Wushu (Chinese Martial Arts: 武术) seminar. Also provided teacher training in techniques and forms.

+ Student @ UHWO
+ Martial Arts Instructor @ Molokai
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2015

Photography : Mongolia

Mona Foundation
Ulan Batar, Mongolia
Sep 2015

Photography for Seattle-based non profit educational foundation at various schools and learning centers in and around Ulan Batar, Mongolia

+ Owner @ Akamai Websites LLC

Creative Media

University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu
Sep 2015 ~ Jun 2021

Part-time student at the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu, studying in the Academy of Creative Media (ACM) with a focus on interactive design. Expected graduation in June 2021. Current GPA: 4.0

+ Martial Arts Instructor @ Molokai
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2014

+ Owner @ Akamai Websites LLC

Martial Arts Instructor

Molokai Wushu
Molokai, HAWAIʻI, U.S.A.
Jan 2014 ~ Dec 2016

Taught an ongoing Taiji Quan (太极拳) course for the community for two years.  Also taught Wushu (external Chinese martial arts: 武术) and Taiji Quan as a part of a 21st Century education grant program at Molokai High School for 6 months.

+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2013

Owner

Akamai Websites LLC
HAWAIʻI, U.S.A.
2013 ~ Present

Design agency providing services in website design, mobile application UI/UX design,  digital marketing, brand development, e-commerce, video marketing, podcast production and copywriting.

Xiʻan to Molokai

October 2013

Moved from Xiʻan, Shaanxi, China (中国陕西神西安市)  to the island of Molokai in Hawaiʻi.

Visiting Coach

Imperial College
London, England, U.K.
September 2013

Taught wushu (Chinese martial arts: 武术) for the Imperial College Wushu Club, providing instruction in basics, techniques and forms.

Writers Retreat

Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford, Ireland
September 2013

Attended a two week writerʻs retreat and workshop in Morriscastle, Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford, Ireland.

Wushu Training

North Shaolin Temple
Hebei Province, China
May 2013

Attended an intensive Chinese martial arts training camp at the North Shaolin Temple near Baoding City in Hebei Province.  Received instruction in external wushu as well as 心意六合拳 (6 Harmony Mind and Will Boxing).

+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2012

Speaker

Dazzling Spark Arts
Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
December 2012

Presenter at the Dazzling Spark Artist Retreat. Spoke on the topic of digital nomadism, cross-platform cultural arts and the intersection of technology, art, travel, language and culture.

+ Freelance Designer
+ Visual Designer @ Active Network
+ Wushu and Taiji Quan Coach @ Xi'an
+ Wushu Training @ China
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2011

Visual Designer

Active Network
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Aug 2011 ~ Oct 2012

Active Network runs some of the largest active lifestyle brands on the internet.  I worked on visual UI/UX designs for web and mobile applications, as well as some internal branding projects and event promotions.

+ English Teacher
+ Freelance Designer

Wushu and Taiji Quan Coach

Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
2011 ~ 2012

Taught Chinese martial arts to both private and corporate group classes in various locations around Xi’an, China.

+ Wushu Training @ China
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2010

English Teacher & Lecturer

Xi'an Int'l Studies University
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
Aug 2010 ~ Aug 2011

Taught courses in English language oral communication, IELTS test preparation to university students.  Also taught group lessons at hotels and tech companies and lectured on cultural communication and awareness.

+ Freelance Designer

Chinese Language

Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
September 2010

Attended private Chinese language course and received private tutoring to improve spoken language skills and understanding of Chinese grammar.

+ Wushu Training @ China
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2009

Photography: Haiti

Mona Foundation
Port Au Prince, Haiti
Sep 2009

Photography for Seattle-based non profit educational foundation at various schools and learning centers in and around Port Au Prince, Haiti

+ Freelance Designer

U.S.A. to Xi'an

Oct 2009

Relocated from the United States to Xi’an, Shaanxi, China after getting married in September 2009.

+ Wushu Training @ China
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2008

Freelance Designer

Oct 2008 ~ 2012

Freelance design services for clients in North America, Asia and Europe.  Services included web design, print design, digital marketing, branding, graphic design and copywriting.

+ Senior Designer @ Alive Not Dead
+ Webmaster @ Jet Li

Hong Kong to U.S.A.

Nov 2008

Short term relocation to the United States, traveling across California, Idaho and Washington States.

+ Wushu Training @ China
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2007

Senior Designer

Alive Not Dead
Hong Kong, China S.A.R.
Jan 2007 ~ Nov 2008

Worked with artists to build customized profile templates and promote projects through our custom-built social media platform.

+ Webmaster @ Jet Li

Cantonese Language

Hong Kong, China S.A.R.
Summer 2008

Short term private instruction in the Cantonese dialect of the Chinese Language

Shanghai to Hong Kong

January 2007

Moved from Shanghai to Hong Kong.

+ Wushu Training @ China
+ Blogger / Vlogger

2006

+ Project Manager @ Edko Films
+ Webmaster @ Jet Li
+ Wushu Training @ China
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2005

Project Manager

Edko Films, Ltd
Shanghai, China
Aug 2005 ~ Jun 2006

Oversaw development and design production for the Hong Kong website for Jet Li’s film “Fearless” (a.k.a. Huo Yuan Jia).

+ Manager @ Rotten Tomatoes
+ Webmaster @ Jet Li

Bay Area to Shanghai

August 2005

Moved abroad to Shanghai, China.

+ Wushu Training @ China
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2004

Critics & Community Manager

Rotten Tomatoes
Emeryville, California, USA
Jan 2004 ~ Aug 2005

Content editor, critics onboarding liaison and community manager for popular film review aggregation website.

+ Webmaster @ Jet Li

Los Angeles to Bay Area

Jan 2004

Moved back to the Bay Area

+ Wushu Training @ USA & China
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2003

+ Webmaster @ Jet Li
+ Wushu Training @ USA
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2002

+ Webmaster @ Jet Li
+ Wushu Training @ USA
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2001

Webmaster & Assistant

Jet Li
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Jan 2001 ~ Dec 2003

Served as Jet Li’s webmaster, designer and second assistant, working out of his home office and overseeing a team of 24 designers and developers spread across 15 countries. All together I maintained and managed Jet Li’s official website for ten years from 1998 to 2008.

+ Webmaster @ Jet Li

Bay Area to Los Angeles

Jan 2001

Moved to Southern California for 3 years.

+ Wushu Training @ USA
+ BLOGGER / VLOGGER / PODCASTER​

2000

+ Senior Producer @ Design Reactor

Wushu Grand Champion

Western Regional USAWKF Chinese Martial Arts Tournament
U.C. Berkeley, California, USA
April 2000

Won a gold medal in Southern Fist (南拳) and the title of Wushu Grand Champion at the 2000 USAWKF Regional Chinese Martial Arts Tournament.

+ Blogger / Vlogger / Podcaster
+ Wushu Training @ USA & China

1999

+ Senior Producer @ Design Reactor

Wushu Training

Various Schools and Teachers
China
1999 ~ 2013

Over the course of 14 years I have trained in Chinese Martial Arts with several different professional training centers, universities and sports schools across China. these include the Beijing Wushu Team, The Shanghai Wushu Team, the Shandong Wushu Team and the Shaanxi Wushu Team.

I have also trained at Beijing Sports University (北京体育大学), People’s University of China (中国人民大学), Beijing Language and Culture University (北京语言大学), The North Shaolin Temple (北少林寺) and The Shanghai Wushu Center (上海武术院).

My list of coaches and instructors include Wu Bin, Zhang Xian Ming, Cao Wei Ming, Yang Rong Kuan, Li De Hua, Jian Zeng Jiao, Qiu Dong Xing, Li Qiang, Yang Bei Bei, Li Neng Miao, Yang Yu Hong, Xie Fu Yan, Zhu Wen Jun, Wei Jian and Wang Peng Sheng. 

+ Blogger / Vlogger / Podcaster
+ Wushu Training @ USA & China

1998

Senior Producer

Design Reactor
Berkeley, California,USA
May 1998 ~ Dec 2000

Produced and designed websites for clients in the entertainment industry including Disney Channel, ABC.com, Warner Brothers, Artisan Entertainment, RKO Pictures, Kelly Hu, and Jet Li, 

+ Web Design Self-Study

Wushu Blogger

wushu.net | Wushu Adventures | Wushuzilla.com
Jan 1998 ~ Present

Since 1998 I’ve run some of the most successful and popular wushu-related blogs and vlogs on the internet.  I am currently in the process of consolidating all of my wushu content on markcmoran.com.

+ Blogger / Vlogger / Podcaster
+ Wushu Training @ USA

1997

Web Design Self-Study

Sep 1997 ~ May 1998

Started a self-study of web design technologies including HTML and Photoshop. Began program of creating websites as learning projects.

Gold Medalist

USAWKF Nationals
September 1997

Received a gold medal in Intermediate Southern Fist (南拳) at the USAWKF National competition.

+ Blogger / Vlogger / Podcaster
+ Wushu Training @ USA

1996

+ Wushu Training @ USA

1995

Wushu Training

Various Schools and Teachers
United States
1995 ~ 2016

In 1995 I started training in Chinese Martial Arts with Hao Zhi Hua (Patti Li) in Berkeley, California.  Since then I have trained with several coaches at several schools across the U.S. such as Wushu West, Cal Wushu, TCWR, The National Wushu Training Center, Wushu Star, The Southern California Wushu Academy, Wushu Unlimited, Wushu Link, Northwest Wushu, and Wushu Action Star.

I have trained with such notable coaches as Hao Zhi Hua, Bryant Fong, Li Jing, Chris Ho, Woody Wong, He Jing De, Qiu Dong Xing, and Eric Chen.

Styles I’ve learned include Long Fist (长拳), Broadsword (刀术), Staff (棍术), Straightsword (剑术), Double Sabers (双刀), Horse Chopper (朴刀), Chen Taiji Quan (陈氏太极拳), Yang Taiji Quan (杨氏太极拳), Bagua Zhang (八卦掌) and Eagle Claw (鹰爪拳).  My specialties are Southern Fist (南拳), Southern Saber (南刀) and Southern Staff (南棍).

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