"Our training was brutal compared to today's standards... In the end,
I realized it was possible to control every muscle in my body to react
on command. I felt so fit and able then, I actually thought I could fly!"
Before long, a work-related accident to Rapacon's knee changed
everything. The string of failed surgeries that soon followed only
worsened his condition. Rapacon's wings were clipped. But
fortunately behind every great man is an even greater woman.
"After that accident, I couldn't teach again. For several years I was
down physically and mentally. But my wife Rita saw things much
differently. She helped pull me through my frustrations to rediscover
my love for the martial arts... I knew that I had to find a way to make
martial arts evolve around myself and not the other way around."
Biography Continued: Professor Christopher C. Rapacon, Head Instructor
Rebounding from adversity, the humbling experience had quite an
effect on Rapacon as sharing his love for the arts soon became a top
priority. He figures he will never become rich teaching the martial arts.
"There are a lot of kids out there who can't afford lessons. But I think a
lot of them need the kind of life lessons that our school provides. With
my students, I teach by the balance principle. We take one hand and
weigh the positives against the negatives in the other... I never lose.
Most people don't realize that martial arts training is not all physical."
It equally holds true that not all training in the arts involves learning how
to injure others. In becoming a more complete martial artist, Rapacon
attended the National Holistic Institute at Emeryville, CA. In 1989, he graduated with a certificate in massage therapy and
health education. Then the Loma Prieta earthquake occurred. As an integral part of the on-site San Francisco Disaster
Relief Team, Rapacon was dispatched as one of the first massage therapists ever used to help in such a situation.
"That incident taught me how to channel my internal energies and develop my healing touch. But on a much deeper level, I
felt and saw how we (as human beings) were connected in spirit. It definitely helped me become a more grounded person."
Through his physical training, mental hardship and spiritual reawakening, Professor Rapacon has since become a role
model and mentor for many within his local community. Serving the needs of others continues to be a major theme in his life
as he currently works as a crisis counselor for at-risk youth within Solano County. A loving family man with 4 children, 12
grandchildren and a great-grandchild, he has been happily married to his wife Rita Rapacon for 25 years strong!