My training started in 1991, at the age of 11 when my uncle started teaching me concepts and applications of Wing Chun, Praying Mantis, and Taiji then making me figure out how and why they worked. Along with my uncle, I found other friends that were experienced in various styles and they had no problem kicking and throwing me around.
The biggest advancement in my studies started in 2002 when I joined the Navy. During my 14 year tenure
in the Navy, I studied in America, Middle East, and in Japan where I currently live. I have had the pleasure to train with several exceptional teachers who didn’t hold back on their training. Some of the styles studied during my tenure in the Navy were Okinawan Kenpo, Liu He Quan, Bagua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan, and Renshinkan to name a few.
While I was stationed in Bahrain I had the honor of training with three exceptional teachers in 2004 I trained with Sensei Rodney Kelly who is a 5th degree Black Belt in Okinawan Kenpo. I started under Shao-Nian Bates who won Gold in the 2002 Asian & Pacific Region competition in Beijing. She taught Chinese Wushu and Taijiquan. 2006 Shao-Nian sponsored Grand Master Chao Fengqi to teach at her school. Grand Master Chao Feng Chi opened my eyes to the connection to be made in other systems. I would show him Kata from Kenpo and he would show me the same concepts in other styles with applications. One day I hope to attend his school in Beijing, China.
While stationed at my last Navy command in Japan, I earned my Non-lethal instructor qualification. Which means I trained Military Police in basic self-defense techniques. Such as hand to hand tactics, restraining tactics, Baton training, and other methods of self-defense.
Throughout my studies, I have found that many advanced principles in one system are basics to another system. With this knowledge, I’m developing my own curriculum and connecting the dots; starting with basic Karate including, but not be limited to, elements of Kung Fu, and other disciplines, creating a well-rounded curriculum that one would have to go to several other schools to experience.
I invite you to take this journey with me, I look forward to seeing your progress!
If you live in the Yokohama area feel free to come by and watch a class or take a trial lesson. If you mention that you saw this offer on my website the trial lesson will be free.
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