Born in Monett Missouri and raised in St. Louis.
Began karate training in 1981 in Okinawa te karate at the
University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Changed schools in 1983 to Southwest Missouri
State in Springfield Missouri. Continued training in Okinawa te and attained
Shodan in 1984. At Southwest Missouri State also trained with a University
martial arts club in Pai Lum Kung fu and trained with another instructor in
Goju Kai Karate.
Graduated from college in 1985 with a degree in Biology.
Lived for 3 months in Cathlamet, Washington doing seasonal work on a wildlife
refuge and trained with a Kajukenbo Kung fu club. Moved to St. Louis Missouri
and studied Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu Karate.
Moved to Carbondale Illinois in 1987 to attend graduate
school. Trained with a university Tae Kwon Do club. The same club instructors
also taught Aikido. I sometimes practiced Aikido with them but did not
formally study. Received MS in Biology in 1990.
Joined the Peace Corps and lived in Burundi, Central
Africa from 1991-1993. While in Burundi I had the opportunity to teach karate
for one of the security guards at the language institute where we did
training. I also started a small karate club for high school students at a
Vocational technical school in my village. In both cases the people were not
interested in ranks or belts but in being able to defend themselves. Teaching
in a second language (French) was also challenging. I believe this experience
helped get back to the “roots” of karate.
Left Africa and returned to St. Louis for one year and
trained with a Tae Kwon Do club. The instructor also taught kickboxing, Jun
Fan kung fu and Indonesian Silat.
From 1995-1999 I lived on the island of Saipan,
Micronesia and trained with a Shotokan karate club. I moved to Guam in 1999
and trained with a Kobayashi Shorin ryu club and attained Nidan rank in that
Moved to Oahu in 2002 and presently train in Okinawa
Kenpo and working for the U.S. Navy as a Wildlife Biologist.
Seminars I have attended that were of great value were
two George Dillman/Wally Jay seminars. I also have had the great pleasure of
training in Australia, twice, with the noted martial arts historian and
instructor Patrick McCarthy. He greatly shaped my views on how karate
developed and the hows and whys of kata.