Martial Arts Journey
I started getting beat up fairly early in my life and I think empowering myself became the initial reason for the study of the Asian fighting arts. Besides Bruce Lee and the song Kung Fu Fighting were very popular... I began learning some moves in the back of the supermarket I worked, I played football in high school. I played rugby in college and started working in bars and got involved in many bar fights on both sides of the fence. College started my traditional arts study with a form of Jeet Kun Do taught by this small black guy cisco. I also started training in boxing and continued rugby. I switched school to SUNY and began studying whatever I could. Aikido, Shotokan, Capoeira, and Tae Kwon Do. During this period I started to integrate the hand movements with the kicks and the sweeps on a heavy bag which has become a constant companion over the years. Jack of all trades master of none.
I studied capoeira with Jelome Viera in NYC in 83-84, and boxed in the NY Golden Gloves. I was working as a bouncer in a club a few miles north of the city. I then studied an art called Shinobu with Toshi Tokadoro for several years.
It wasn't until 87 in Oregon did I start study of Tai Chi and Wing Chun with David Leong and I stayed with that for a number of years. I also studied the Simplified form with Sik Hahn Chan for about six months before leaving the continent.
In Hawaii I started with Menkyo Kaiden Sensai Quintin Chambers in Shindo Muso Jojitsu and we had a great class this morning with a visitor from Australia. Chambers teacher was Shimizu Sensai in Tokyo. He trained and traveled extensively with Don Drager. I was introduced to Sifu Ken Lenard student of the famous Yang Nien Yen of Taiwan, and continue my study of Tai Chi and Twai Sho with him still. Most recently I have had the honor to study under ninth don Grandmaster Hee Il Cho, who is the finest empty hand practitioner I have ever seen in my thirty years of study. It is great fortune and a great honor to have the quintessential instructors of the world right here at my disposal. When the student is ready the teacher will appear.