The team of our experienced instructors and practitioners is passionate about what we do and how we do. We strive to bring the most creative and relaxing atmosphere to our daily lives and thus to the lives of the students and clients. While we are all humans and come with our beautiful imperfections, we strive to always provide honest and outstanding service, regardless of the level of difficulty.
We take time to provide as much information as is necessary to help the client or student to accomplish what they wish to improve.
We are happy to go above and beyond and trust that the learning or healing process unfolds in the most appropriate way.
Marek is committed to improve and enhance his overall skills and teach by example to the best of his ability. He has studied martial arts since 2002 and has taught since 2006. Marek started his study of martial arts in London UK with Capoeira. Coming to the US he began studying Sorim Kung Fu where he obtained a black belt.
In 2007 he went to China to improve his Kung Fu and in addition learned Tai Chi and Qi Gong in the Wudang Mountains of China. There he studied with one of the well-known Taoist monks in Wudangshan, master Yuan Xiu Gang and also later studied with a Wudang Tai Chi master Tseng Yun Xiang in Boulder Colorado. His most recent addition has been studying Qi Gong and Tai Ji internal principles with master Mark Rasmus.
Marek begun study of Wing Chun Kung Fu with master Keith Worfel in 2012 and had a unique opportunity to visit the Wing Chun Athletic Association in Hong Kong in 2016, where he met the grandmaster Ip Ching (a son of Ip Man who has since passed) and was able to train and benefit from the incredible Wing Chun skill of many grandmaster Ip Ching's highly skilled students and masters.
Martial arts have become a part of Marek’s daily practice and he continues to find its principles in every part of his lifelong journey; Journey also very much dedicated to curiously exploring life through meditation, self-awareness and authentic living.
Eclectic Ground practitioners and clients benefit from the strength of a community, bonded together by common interests, curiosities and the opportunity to share space together.
We foresee a community of professionals who actively contribute to individual benefit and the greater good. We invite professional practitioners from a wide variety of fields to join Eclectic Ground.
The students seek a level of communication, rigor, acceptance and encouragement to help them plan and achieve their goals and a community with whom they can share their interests and growth.
We also encourage the clients and students to truly look at their lives, take responsibility for their own daily habits (body, mind and soul) in order to deepen the growing and healing results. None other but we ourselves have the very control over our own development. Living with awareness and intention in mind, is encouraged at Eclectic Ground.
We believe that expertise can co-exist with humble curiosity. No one person is held up as a “guru”, since all members of our community are respected for their contributions.
Who would I be if I had no one to tell me who I am?
I have known Marek for several years. He is a person of high integrity. He does not teach just one style of Martial Arts, he teaches many. That is is pretty rare. Eclectic Ground school is first class in every way. The way that Marek set it up, where the equipment is placed, and the high quality of every piece of equipment. Each and every class is filled with great learning, lots of practice, and lots of fun. The environment that Marek creates is always focused around learning and helping to make each person to be the best they can be. I highly recommend EG to any person of any age. If you're looking for a Martial Arts school that offers a fantastic learning environment you have found it! You can expect at every class to be learning and working/practicing what he is teaching for the full hour. He is very well organized and every moment of the class is well spent with different types of learning. There is also a great environment among classmates.
"This martial arts studio is excellent in every way. The facility is well-designed, functional and aesthetically pleasing. Marek, the instructor, developed his superior martial arts skills through extensive study in China. I have worked as a professional educator and evaluator in a variety of fields and settings, and I can attest to Marek's outstanding teaching skills. He is exceptionally knowledgeable about the appropriate sequencing and scaffolding techniques to help students at every skill level. He is able to adapt his methods to the learning style of the student. In addition to his professionalism, Marek is patient, friendly, kind and humorous. With extra perks such as drum circles and sound healing and meditation...the learning environment at Eclectic Ground Martial Arts is stimulating, warm and fun."
I study Wing Chun and Kickboxing, and attend the meditation and stretching class. The sessions are both energetic and relaxing, while we focus on the precision of the body structure. Marek supplements that precise learning with applicability, coming in the form of repetitive mirroring and lite sparring. There is never a wrong question. He presents the information in formats that lend themselves to different learning styles. I would describe his delivery as calm and light-hearted. The interactions with classmates are safe, we learn from one another, and Marek does a tremendous job of facilitating comradery. I never have to talk myself into going to class because I'm always looking forward to it. It only takes a glance at Eclectic Ground's web site to understand that if you want to understand your body, develop physically purposeful and mentally strategic tactics for defending yourself, and improve your personal focus and path, then Marek is a great partner to have as a guide.
If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service. I have always wanted to try Tai Chi and found Eclectic Ground Martial Arts and dragged my husband there with me. Two years later he is probably more hooked on it than I am (which is saying a lot!). We have expanded from Tai Chi adding stretching and Qi Gong classes. The community is open and supportive, the atmosphere is relaxing and enjoyable at the same time we are learning. I can not give Marek and his ability to instruct to multiple levels at one time a high enough recommendation.
I had the amazing experience of taking beginning Tai Chi at Eclectic Ground Martial Arts. Marek is a patient teacher, whose energy and passion for his work is infectious. He took me beyond the simple movements to the history of the form and its roots in Kung Fu. He showed me a moving meditation and a true martial art. The studio is a functional and calming space in which to explore the melding of the spiritual and the physical. If you are looking for an excellent martial arts experience, THIS IS THE PLACE!
Martial arts has been a consistent source of inspiration for me for over 30 years. In that time, I've had the opportunity to study with many great instructors in Issin-Ryu karate, Tai Chi, various forms of Kung Fu including Wing Chun, and more. I can easily say Marek is among the various best of the best. I often learn more from him in 5 minutes than I have from others over weeks or months. And it's not just in his instruction. It's in the way he approaches life, treats people and leads by example in all that he does. If you have the opportunity to learn from him, I can't recommend it highly enough.
Relax. Breathe. Marek's classes are well, relaxed, in that there is no pressure to be perfect, but rather grow, learn and become more proficient at the skill you are working on. I have only taken the Tai Chi classes, but knowing Marek, his approach would be the same for all classes. If you're curious give it a try.
Marek is a knowledge and patient instructor. As a student you can tell he loves what he does. The studio is a clean, peaceful and inviting space. Would highly recommend this studio.
I love attending kick boxing class with Marek! I've learned so much and feel so strong after attending one of his classes. I highly recommend it taking a class with Marek!
I have studied martial arts under a number of accomplished instructors for nearly 30 years but my work under Marek has been the most rewarding by far. Marek has the unique ability to push a student beyond what he or she may think possible, enabling them to find reserves of physical and mental energy they never knew they had. He mixes utter seriousness and discipline with a wry sense of humor that allows students to let go of their inhibitions and plunge into martial arts with a clear head and a more fluid physicality. Both of these qualities are essential to success in martial arts and ultimately, virtually every other aspect of our lives as well.
As a bodyworker and Eastern-philosophy enthusiast, I've been searching for a quality Martial Arts studio where I can develop as a person not just on a physical level, but also internal awareness. Going through several Marek's classes I soon realized that I've found what I've been looking for. Eclectic Ground is much more than one size fits all. It's a place of constant evolution, physical awareness, and deep healing. It offers a wide variety of Arts, from Tai Chi, Kickboxing, Wing Chun Kung Fu, through internal meditation, sound healing, and assisted stretching. Do yourself a favor and stop by for one of Marek's classes.
Marek is a great instructor. The tai chi classes are wonderful and a great learning environment. I am a beginner and Marek takes the time to show me proper forms and encourages learning while providing a safe space to learn at your own pace. I would recommend Marek and his Studio Eclectic Ground to anyone who is willing to learn and feels they can benefit from the martial practices. Mindfulness and well being are the top priorities. I'll happily continue to learn from Marek who is a very experienced and thoughtful person and instructor.
"Whether you are new to martial arts or a seasoned practitioner, Eclectic Ground and its founder, Marek Chromik, offer an environment where you can explore, grow, learn, and have fun - where you can leave stress and tension on the sidewalk, and enter into the joy of the present moment every time you come to class. Marek is an amazing teacher with diverse skills and abundant patience. Best of all, his kind nature and encouragement help everyone shine."
"Marek is a sincere,conscientious instructor. He assesses your ability and knowledge level, and immediately begins instruction consistent with your ability. He is thorough and expects completion consistent with proper technique. Marek has studied the martial arts extensively, and his passion for the subject comes through in his instruction. You will have a much deeper appreciation for the martial arts if you make an effort to train with Marek."
"We hired Marek to do a private self defense class for a small group of women. He did a great job showing us different ways to break holds and fight back. The moves we learned were pretty easy to remember, which will be helpful should we ever need to use them. He let us practice moves with him acting as the attacker, which gave us the chance to practice moves under circumstances that felt more "real". I would highly recommend his class."
I am so impressed with the community and leadership at Eclectic Ground. My daughter and I have been a part of this group for almost 2 years and have always felt welcome. Marek is a wonderful instructor and customizes his approach for each student. He does not just show us what to do, but explains and guides us so that we can learn why. It's a perfect balance between spirituality and martial arts.
Marek is a very experienced, patient and well-rounded teacher. He always listens to his students and has the best mindset and tools to guide each & every student as individuals. I have always looked forward to every class that Marek taught and every time I walked out of his classes, I've always felt better than when I walked in.
Marek is patient above all things with people who are learning at very different levels. I'm sure he doesn't realize it, but little by little the merits of Tai Chi are seeping into our consciousness and we are beginning to sense how this form of exercise can benefit us in the long term. He tells us how the moves are used, what their purpose is so that we can put it into perspective. I believe, we all will be able to benefit from his teaching for a long time.
"I have been learning kickboxing with Marek for about 4 years. He is very patient and helpful. If you’re not getting the techniques of the different punches and kicks he is always willing to help you one on one to make sure you understand and also to make sure the techniques are correct."
"Tai Chi is an advanced level of martial arts, and it must be taught the proper way. The instructor Marek has had formal training in this area and is very patient. Before class a topic is discussed briefly that helps both mind and body and the class ends in meditation. I highly recommend Eclectic Ground.
“I totally love working with Marek, he’s a great instructor. He is so patient and willing to go over thing as many times as you need. He makes learning fun. I love watching him demonstrate the moves, he’s amazing. He’s enthusiastic and very knowledgeable.
"Marek is a great instructor. I took Tai Chi lessons from him for two years and learned the first 28 movements of Wudang Tai Chi form. I’m able to continue to do the entire 28 movement sequence because he has great instructional videos on his Facebook.
Marek is also an extremely good martial arts instructor. He knows some self-defense techniques that my previous instructors weren’t even aware of. He provides a lot of individual instruction. I highly recommend that you take one of his classes while they are still small. When people learn what he’s able to teach, I think his classes will get very big. Take advantage of the situation now. I did."
Eclectic Ground is more than an artful martial arts studio with a convent location and state-of-the-art equipment and immaculate facility --- it's a great place to learn how-to improve your body (no matter your fitness level); relax your mind; reduce stress and stimulate your spiritual awareness. Marek is a talented instructor; well versed in various traditional martial arts and modern fitness methods, as well as, the potential of the human body and mind ... but most importantly he is dedicated to training each student according to their ability, interests, realistic fitness & personal growth goals. Try class and you'll want to come back for more -- I did.
Eclectic Ground was kind enough to host a self-defense session geared toward young girls heading off to college, & my friends and I, whose seven daughters attended, could not have been more pleased with what our girls learned. Marek demonstrated several self-defense tactics, gave advice on when to use each one, and provided ample opportunity for the girls to practice with a partner. Our daughters left with new confidence in their ability to know what to do should a dangerous situation arise, and their participation in the session gave us moms an added measure of peace as we sent our daughters off to college for the first time. First-rate, personalized experience!
"Marek is patient and flexible. He easily adapts his instruction techniques to the different learning styles (some people require detail - others are more big picture) and the vastly different skill level of his students. He is also encouraging and provides the individual attention each student needs to take themselves a little farther each class. Overall, his class helps me mentally center."
"Marek is my Tai Chi instructor, he is extremely patient and pays great attention to where we need the most help. I would love to be able to be as graceful as he is one day, but will settle for just being able to remember the movements. He offers good tips and advice to help us balance and keep moving."
Marek's work lives in his body and is transferred to his students not just through his active teaching but also through his very presence--the way he holds himself, the energy he carries, and even the tone of his voice.
100% one of the best teachers I've ever had. Marek is kind, patient, and wildly diligent in everything he does. This studio always creates a lovely experience and I am so grateful to have found it. If you're looking for a way to stay active and / or looking for introspection, this studio is perfect and I couldn't recommend it more!
I've been practicing Tai Chi at EG for two years and I can say without a doubt it has changed my life for the better. Stress management has always been a challenge for me; working with Marek and the other students has given me excellent coping mechanisms that I can apply to my daily life. I'm calmer, happier and more content than I've ever been. I'd recommend Eclectic Ground to anyone!
I've been practicing Kickboxing at Eclectic Ground for a year now and I've learned so much from Marek. After my high school swim career ended, I wasn't sure what to do to stay in shape until I went to Marek's Kickboxing class. I immediately loved it. He is an amazing teacher as he is knowledgeable, helpful, and patient. I could see myself sticking with this sport for a long time because I got started with Marek.