Noel started studying martial arts after being a victim of violent crime in 1990. Noel is a third degree black belt in Kung Fu Shou Shu, and a certified teacher of the internal art Xing Yi Chuan. Noel has studied other arts including Aikido, Judo, and a variety of forms of Qigong. He is author of the book "Standing Qigong for Health and Martial Arts - Zhan Zhuang" published by Singing Dragon. Noel lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he teaches and writes.