James Murphy started his training at the Chien Hong School of Kung Fu in 2000 (year of the dragon). He has been a long-standing member of the lion and dragon dance team as well as a strong member of the martial arts demonstration team. He has mastered the test requirements for Master-Teacher Certification earning him a black sash in Taiwanese Hung Quan, under the tutelage and instruction of Shi Fu Gary Mitchell.
He is certified in Shao-lin hand forms, weapons, structural knowledge of iron palm and iron body Chi Kong, self-defense, traditional and competition sparring. As well as his training in Taiwanese Hung Fist, Assistant Instructor James Murphy is also an avid practitioner of Chen style Tai Chi and Shao-lin Chi Kong.
His other interests include a strong proficiency in rock climbing, he is a certified sommelier, and has done voiceovers for commercials and television.