My interest in martial arts actually came early when in fifth grade I watched a local Judo class. I ended up enrolled in a boxing program taught by my schoolteacher Rollie Pier, an educator and professional boxer.
I began karate because of being bullied and beaten up. When I was sixteen I suffered at the hands of a neighborhood bully and was traumatized both emotionally and physically by the experience. It was a few months after this episode that I watched my first martial arts class and knew that this was for me.
Since 1969, I have trained with many great instructors and in many martial arts systems. My first teacher was a Philippine man named Jose DeGuzman who would whet my appetite for martial arts training. He ran very tough and demanding classes that would tax any beginner or advanced student. He took a liking to me and would invite me to train privately with him at his home on the weekends. I always showed up and trained hard. He is gone now but he set a great example of how I should conduct myself as a martial arts teacher.
I am a Senior Master Instructor Eighth Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do (World Dang Soo Do Union under Grandmaster Song Ki Kim, Seoul, Korea), Seventh Degree Black Belt (honorary) Koga Ryu Ninjutsu First Degree Black Belt Kyokushin/Kokondo Karate, Eight Degree Black belt and Ninth Degree Black Belt (certified by Eric Breuer- Grandmaster of Universal Martial Arts System), U.S. Tang Soo Do Federation (dan #020232, Grandmaster Shin/Cheezic).
In the 1980's I was a nationally ranked competitor (Professional Karate League) ranked in top five in weapons and forms (over 35 division) and have won numerous Grand Championships. I have won several World Cups in International competition and first place Heavyweight team sparring in Moscow, Russia. I have been a quadruple crown winner in tournaments winning first in sparring, forms, weapons and musical forms.
With a Bachelors degree in psychology and a Master Degree in School Counseling I have devoted my life to martial arts. With this background and experience I have become a child development/safety expert who is also a master motivator and success coach. I am also a nationally certified personal trainer.
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