Chinese Martial Arts Center

More than just kicking and striking …
A pathway to self mastery and fulfillment.™

Established 1981

Serving Western North Carolina and North Georgia

Master Nick Scrima

Master Nick Scrima

Welcome to the Chinese Martial Arts Center!

Dear Neighbors: For nearly 50 years I have been involved in the practice of martial arts.

With an early background in Karate, Judo and Ju-Jitsu, in my late teens I started my journey in Chinese martial arts.

In December of 1981, when only 25 years old, I opened my first school in Parma, Ohio, where I lived at the time. I have been teaching professionally and on a fulltime basis ever since.

I have been fortunate to have found and trained with some of the finest masters in the world in several different traditional Chinese martial arts styles, and I continue to follow my teachers to this day.

In the 80’s, I was operating schools in the greater Cleveland area and had branch schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.

In 1992 I promoted one of the first all-Chinese martial arts tournaments in North America.

In 1993 I relocated to Clearwater, Florida, where I operated several schools.

Over the years our family has vacationed in North Carolina countless times. We especially love the mountains and the western North Carolina area and are happy to now be living in the Franklin area.

After nearly 40 years of teaching, I plan to continue to pass on the knowledge I have acquired from my teachers to the community in Western North Carolina; however, I plan to do so on a limited basis and to a select number of serious-minded students.

Master Scrima’s Teachers

William C. C. Chen – Master Scrima started learning from Grandmaster William C.C. Chen in 1983, studying Yang Style Tai Chi as transmitted by the renowned Zheng Manqing. Master Scrima learned the 60 Movement Tai Chi Form, Tai Chi Sword, Push Hands and Boxing.

Leung Shum – Master Scrima started learning from Grandmaster Leung Shum in 1984, studying Northern Eagle Claw Kung Fu, Classical Chinese Weapons, Qin Na; and Wu Style Tai Chi Slow Form, Fast Form, Tai Chi Weapons, and Push Hands.

Di Guoyong – Master Scrima invited Grandmaster Di Guoyong from Beijing to his school in Florida. He has been back regularly since 2004 for extended training periods. Master Scrima has learned Xing Yi Quan, Bagua Zhang and Nei Gong from Master Di over this span.

Cam Hung Marr – Master Scrima was introduced to Grandmaster Marr by Alex Kwok in 1986. A senior practitioner of Mizong Luohan Kung Fu, he had recently moved from Hong Kong to Toronto. Master Scrima trained with him at his school in Ohio and also in Toronto for many years.

Tao Bingxiang -Master Scrima was introduced to Grandmaster Tao Bingxiang by William Chen in 1987, learning Yang Style Tai Chi, Push Hands, Ta Lu, Tai Chi Partner Form, Xing Yi Sword Fencing, and Liu He Ba Fa from him for many years. Sadly, he passed away in 2006.

Alex Kwok – Master Alex Kwok has been one of Master Scrima’s most influential teachers since 1984, providing him with a solid foundation and understanding of the Mizong Luohan system of Kung Fu. Master Scrima learned many hand and weapons forms as well as fighting skills from Master Kwok.

Tony Yang – Master Scrima first met Grandmaster Tony Yang in Ohio in the 1980’s but did not start learning from him until the early 1990’s. He studied Baji, Yin Style Bagua and Praying Mantis from Master Yang. They have also promoted several tournaments together.

Benson Lee – When Master Scrima contacted the Ying Jow Pai school to learn Eagle Claw Kung Fu with Grandmaster Leung Shum, one of his senior students, Master Benson Lee, traveled to Cleveland instead in 1983. Many visits followed. They have been close friends for over 30 years.

Master Scrima’s Accomplishments

  • Started training in his early teens
  • More than four decades of martial arts training in Traditional Northern Kung Fu, Taiji, and Other Internal Styles
  • Trained under the tutelage of many renowned masters in different styles of Chinese Martial Arts
  • More than 35 years of professional teaching experience
  • Internationally recognized master instructor
  • Featured in national and international martial arts magazines, appeared on Chinese TV, and performed in China
  • Trainer of numerous National and International Forms & Fighting Champions and thousands of students from all walks of life
  • Hall of Fame Coach of the Year
  • Hall of Fame Promoter of the Year
  • Martial Arts Elite Hall of Fame
  • American Pioneer Award Hall of Fame for promoting Chinese martial arts
  • Inside Kung-Fu Hall of Fame Promoter of the Year
  • Served as AAU National Chair for Chinese Martial Arts
  • President of the International Chinese Martial Arts Championship (ICMAC) Tournament Circuit
  • Promoter of the World Sanda League
  • 1st in North America to promote Professional Sanda Fights (Chinese style Full Contact Fights)
  • Publisher of the Journal of Chinese Martial Arts (www.cmajournal.com)
1975 at 19 yrs of age

1975 at 19 yrs of age


Early class (Late 1970’s)

Early class (Late 1970’s)


1st School (Early 1980’s)

1st School (Early 1980’s)

When I was young, I was fortunate to have spent time at Master Scrima's first school in Ohio. I was not there long, but I learned a great deal and he made a strong impression on me. After moving to Florida, I discovered he was teaching in the area and began taking classes again. I am glad to have studied with this great master and lifelong student of Chinese martial arts.

Joe Spagnuolo


You are the most successful martial arts instructor I know. You were and are a role model for me. You helped raise me to be the person I am. You kept me on the path of discipline and truth. During a time when most people my age were experimenting with alcohol, drugs, and bad behavior, you were a role model and mentor and a father figure that I will never forget. I am forever grateful for you.

Matt Terlop
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How to join the Chinese Martial Arts Center.

Currently accepting new students!

In order for new students to receive personal attention, Class sizes are limited.

Students may enroll for classes at any time as long as there are openings. Enrollment is on a first-come first-served basis.