Country of Origin:
Citizenship, Immigration, Asian Heritage, Racism/Discrimination, Adjusting to Life in Canada
Professor Raz Chan is a professional martial artist and motivational speaker. He has spoken at major conferences such as The Alberta Conference of Social Workers, Government of Canada, corporations, associations, and schools. He is a bestselling author on the subject on developing mental toughness through martial arts.
When not teaching he is busy helping kids from disadvantage background succeed. His contributions to a local elementary school includes raising $5000 to help fund a new robotics lab. For years he has connected local food suppliers to donate to the school’s breakfast program for kids. Recently, he was nominated by Shaw Communications as one of Canada’s 50 Outstanding Canadians for his work with youth. His goal is continue to help youth across the world develop the confidence to succeed through his martial arts teachings.
Links to my contribution to the community are as follows:
Growing up as a child my father and mother struggled financially. My father declared bankruptcy in 1979 creating hardship for many years afterwards. It was during this time I struggled to fit in with North American culture despite being born in Canada. My lack of confidence and shyness would effect me deeply during my younger years.
My parents took on odd jobs to make ends meet while they started a bean sprout business out of their basement of their home. To help out with the finances, at the age of 10 along with my siblings went to work for my parents. The hours were long often lasting 10 to 12 hours on non school nights.
The financial instability in the house lead to many nightly arguments creating a toxic negative environment for the kids. These negative experiences haunted me until the age of 26.
It was during this time I discovered self-help books from Brian Tracy, Anthony Robbins, and Dr. Robert Anthony. I learned the power of forgiveness, began to live my life by design and no longer worried about past events.
I made decision to leave my secure government job to pursue mys own business. First, in the fitness industry teaching the world's first women's cardio kickboxing boot camp. Within 6 months I had a large following generating a 6 figure income as a solopreneur.
10 years later armed with a passion to touch the lives of others around the world by encouraging people to stretch beyond their comfort zone to achieve greatness. I became a motivational speaker on the subject of developing mental toughness, coach, and infopreneur.
I'm an avid martial artist, winning numerous international titles including the 2x US Open Champion and 2x World Silver medalist.
I have been featured in The New York Times, CTV, Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Magazine, Gracie Magazine, Canada's Women's Fashion Magazine, and in Canada's Fight Network Documentary "Training Like A Champion."