My training started in 1991 at the age of 11 when my uncle began 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 most significant 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 Japan, where I currently live. I have had the pleasure of training with several exceptional teachers who didn’t hold back. 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.
When 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; 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. I have started developing my curriculum, using both Karate and Kung Fu.
I invite you to take this journey with me; I’m looking forward to seeing your progress!