Dr. Jawa Certified Instructor
Dr. Jawa discovered Chi Running much like a scientist discovers a revolutionary and lifesaving medicine. Dr. Jawa’s passion for running is a result of a dare. A father of three, his daughter proposed running a half marathon together, daring him to keep up with her training regimen. When he began running, he immediately suffered severe knee pain and was unable to run a complete mile. As a scholar and professor, Dr. Jawa’s scientific mind approached training analytically – he read a library full of books on running and marathon preparation and scoured the internet for bio-mechanically correct running tips, but was disappointed when none of the books helped him learn to run injury free. Determined to successfully face his daughter’s challenge and overcome painful plantar fasciitis, Dr. Jawa discovered Danny Dreyer’s Chi Running book accidentally. Reading Danny’s book changed Dr. Jawa’s running habits and quite literally changed his life. Jawa became a passionate Chi Running student and has never looked back.
Dr. Jawa has successfully (and pain free!) completed several full and half marathons, including St. George, Malibu, and the Rock and Roll Vegas Marathon. He believes family comes first, and has taught his wife and three daughters Chi Running. The Jawa Family are avid Chi runners and regularly run marathons together.
Dr. Jawa lives in sunny Southern California and is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona). Dr. Jawa has been repeatedly recognized for his excellence as an educator and is known for his innovative and engaging teaching pedagogy. Most recently, Dr. Jawa was awarded the highly coveted Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010.
Dr. Jawa is an avid world traveler, scuba diver, birdwatcher, and budding naturalist. Dr. Jawa is excited to share the joys of Chi Running across generations and truly believes Chi Running can work for anyone. If your goal is to lose weight, or to develop a healthy lifestyle, or to find a new and exciting hobby (or all of the above) – Chi Running is for you!