Stephen Atkinson is the Head Instructor of Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts and is presently ranked as 5th degree Black Belt in both Kung Fu and Taekwondo. He began his training in 1974 in the art of Judo. This was followed in 1978 with Taekwondo and in 1984 began Chinese martial arts in the form of Tai Chi Chuan and later Emei Chuan and Sanshou. He has continually sought out the best of all martial arts and has trained with many great masters such as Chen Xiao Wang, Chong Chul Rhee, Chong Yoon Rhee, Chan Cheuk Fai, Peter Yu, Howard Choy, Erle Montaigue and Yang Zhen Hua. He began his teaching career in Martial Arts in 1988. Ta Mo Tao Martial Arts was established in 2000 and moved into its full-time training centre in Mittagong in 2006.