- At age 23, I returned home to Omaha, Nebraska from the U.S. Marine Corps with an Honorable Discharge and the rank of Corporal. I began teaching martial arts and running a business on June 29, 1994 in a school yard with literally nothing but “the shirt on my back.” I was the first professional to bring the art of Kempo/Kenpo Karate to Omaha from California. Since 1994, I have exposed thousands of people in the Metro area to the art, including police officers, doctors and three mayors.
On September 1, 2006, I was promoted to 10th Degree Black Belt (the highest level of Black Belt and Grand Master). The promotion made me the second youngest in the world and the youngest person in the United States ever to achieve this rank. I also hold a 6th Degree Black Belt in the arts of Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu (with a teaching certificate) and Tenshi Goju Kai. I have been awarded a Bachelor of Martial Arts and the high titles of Grand Master, Soke (head of family) and Professor.
Since I began teaching martial arts, I have appeared on local television shows presenting self-defense tips for those who could not afford classes. In my presentations, I have stressed the importance of being aware of one's surroundings in order to react quickly and effectively in life threatening situations. I have been actively involved in the community by volunteering my time to teach self-defense to the disabled, providing free safety awareness classes to young children to increase self-discipline, and raising money for children with cancer. I have also taught college seminars to help participants gain self-confidence by learning simple, effective techniques to protect themselves from date rape, mugging, and other types of assaults. I have also mentored teenage boys who came from tough economic and social backgrounds.
Throughout my martial arts career, I have been recognized and awarded rank or promotions by ten Grand Masters/Organizations across the United States. I have been inducted into four martial arts Hall of Fames for “Master Instructor of the Year,” “School of the Year,” “Founder and Grand Master of the Year” and “Outstanding Contribution to The Martial Arts Grand Master” (board certified category), with the additional honored recognition of Ambassador to the Martial Arts. Governor Dave Heineman also presented me with a proclamation honoring a National Martial Arts Day in Nebraska.
In addition to my martial arts career, I am a photographer and a poet. My poetry has been published in, “Love & Romance Poetry Anthology: Essential Verse” (ISBN: 978-0-557-01434-7). It became available for worldwide distribution through book retailers such as Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble in December 2008. The second book, “Ethereal Erotica Poetry Anthology” (ISBN: 978-0-557-58542-7) was published in August 2010.
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