Charles Kindall began training in various martial arts beginning at around 8 years old. His first teacher was David King, a 3rd Dan Tae Kwon Do black belt from Lancaster, CA. Charles also trained in Taiji, White Crane Kung Fu, Okinawa-Te, Aikido, Kenpo, Kickboxing, Qigong, Chin Na, Hapkido, Southern Praying Mantis, Wuji, and Jeet Kune Do. Most notably his training in Okinawa-Te under Richard Triplett, Ray Kinsner, Lance Kawasaki, John Hanrahan, Larry Delano, Mark Galvin, Michael Pecina and as well as many sessions with the Grand Master Gordon Doversola before his passing in 2011.
Charles began teaching the martial art at 19 years old but has continued his education since beginning in 1991. First teaching in Phoenix at a Kenpo dojo run by Ray Fisher. In 1992 Charles began teaching at MacDill AFB in Florida. While in Tampa Florida he trained in WTF Tae Kwon Do under Hank (Henry) Giles (8th Dan) and met fellow Air Force martial artists like Bill Banks. He met and briefly trained with Florida teachers such as Richard Mooney, Ed Maley, and Richard Clear. He taught and trained for many years before moving back to CA in 1998. Charles promoted his first black belt instructor Joaquin Torres in 1997.
In 2006 Charles officially created his system Tongsau. Derived from the ancient name of Karate meaning “the hand of the Tong” (the old name of China). It is an ever expanding universe of Martial Knowledge.
Tongsau training and seminars
Current classes may be found at Tongsau.com and many videos are available. Public classes are held in Phoenix, AZ. and live on TikTok at 10:11am PST weekdays for live Qigong and Taiji training. Formal Okinawa-Te classes can also be found on TikTok at @Okinawate1
Private lessons are available at $50 per hour at the Shaolin Tongsau location or private location or $30 at your location. Private seminars locally are $300 per session of any size group. Member schools of the Tongsau support are $1000 per US Conus locations and $4000 per non-member schools.
Memberships for the promotion of Shaolin Tongsau principles and access to free knowledge base and video archives and free online seminars is $390 per year per organization.