I’ve competed both nationally and internationally, and was a member of the winning team representing the U.S. at the 1999 Uechi-Ryu/Bak Sil Lum Bermuda Open. I also hold the distinct honor of being one of only two non-Japanese nationals to win the Eastern Japan Karate Championships in Shinigawa, Japan. This is a bare knuckle, bare foot, full-contact competition which allows for striking and kicking to head, torso, and legs, and also includes takedowns.
The Martial Arts have evolved since my initial exposure, and the progression towards more modern, practical and effective physical fitness, life skills, and self-defense skills has kept me passionate and motivated. I stay up-to-date on teaching and training methodology by consulting with other business, fitness, and martial arts professionals, and keep my own skills and fitness sharp by traveling for advanced instructor certifications and by updating and following a weekly regimen of Mixed Martial Arts, conditioning, and strength training. This attention to detail and practice, as well as being First Aid and CPR certified, ensures that I am able to impart cutting edge, results oriented training with my individual and group clients in an efficient and safe manner.
It is my belief that while self-defense training is a serious pursuit, it should be presented in an upbeat, non-judgmental, and no-nonsense manner. This approach ensures that each individual can be challenged and educated in such a way that he/she can enjoy the hard work it takes to realize his or her full potential. It is extremely satisfying to see students of all ages get more enjoyment out of life as their confidence increases from having the knowledge that they can defend themselves in real life situations! I also enjoy the fact that many of our members socialize outside of their training, as this illustrates the team atmosphere we work hard to cultivate.
I’d like to take a moment to invite you and your family to come meet us and try a free class. Whatever your level of Martial Arts experience and physical fitness, we are here to motivate, challenge, and educate you and your loved ones to live a safer, healthier lifestyle!