Zochi has a long history of practice with martial arts. He practices, studies and teaches Yang style taijiquan and is a Pushing for Peace Ambassador. He has brought the Peace Games to two countries in Africa and teaches them in ongoing after-school programs to youth in Oakland, California.
He holds black belts in both Aikido and Kenpo, which he also uses as a transformative practice for social change. Zochi has an ongoing focus on the welfare and well-being of young people who have been cast aside by our current social paradigm.
Alonzo (his given name) Young began his somatic training early as a youth in dance (later becoming a professional dancer with the Clifford Fears Dance Company) and as a martial artist in Kenpo and White Crane Styles. While living in Detroit, MI., Alonzo became a member of the Golden Fist (an international martial arts association) where he studied with various martial artists, learning styles under the umbrella of brotherhood and friendship.
Zochi began Yang Taiji with T.Y. Pang in Honolulu, HI in 1978 and continues to study under him to this day. He has also studied with Master Share Lew (San Diego) and Master Chiang (Hong Kong).
Alonzo Young has studied, practiced and taught the martial arts for over 35 years throughout Asia and the United States. He has received various accolades and recognitions. Mr. Young has Black Belts and instructor certifications in Aikido, Tai Chi, Kenpo and White Lotus Gung Fu. In addition to his martial arts training, he is a certified IMPACT Bay Area (personal self defense) instructor, leadership/management development trainer, as well as, a Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and Conscious Embodiment Leadership coach.