Teacher of Mantis Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, and Tai Chi. Artist, Pilot (Hang-Glider & Para-Glider).
Founder/Head Instructor - 2004
Black Belt (6th) - Mantis Boxing - under Tony Puyot
Brown Belt - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - under Andre 'Dedeco' Almeida
2x Gold Medalist, 1x Silver Medalist U.S. National Kung Fu Championships 2004
Gold Medalist (Featherweight - White Belt Division) - IBJJF Boston Open 2012
Kickboxing - Advanced Instructor
Yang style Tai Chi - Advanced Instructor
I started this school, gym, dojo, with a strong desire to share my knowledge to benefit others. I continue to live and share a healthy lifestyle, and my passion for martial arts. I enjoy helping others achieve their goals, and I believe strongly in being a student for life, as my mentors before me.
I have traveled across the United States to train with some of the best martial artists/teachers/coaches, from Boston to San Diego and many places in between. I seek the best for myself and my students.
Since early childhood I have been fascinated with Martial Arts. After my early machinations of becoming a highly skilled Ninja by age 10 were thwarted by my mother, I finally began formal martial arts studies in Tae Kwon Do/Hapkido for a brief period while serving in the U.S. Army during the first Gulf War.
Having encountered Kung Fu while sparring a friend in the Army (he whooped me), I sought out an instructor a few years after leaving the military; when I was done trying my best to screw up my life. On my quest to right the ship as it were, I began studying Praying Mantis Boxing, Chinese Weapons, and Tai Chi in 1999.
At the behest of my Mantis Boxing teacher Tony Puyot, and seeing the value in knowing ground fighting techniques, and using them in conjunction with Mantis Boxing, I have been training, studying, and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 2011.
You are welcome to join me in training my Mantis Boxing program - whether the techniques, and fighting components of stand-up, or ground; or the power, speed, conditioning aspects we use to stay in shape. Do some, or do all, but I am happy to see you here and work with you to be better than you were yesterday.
Collapse and Fall Into Ruin (Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine July/August issue 2017)
Xiao Da - The Truth on Effective Strike (Journal of 7 Star Mantis vol. 4, issue 4/Northern Shaolin Praying Mantis Institute and Association 2013)
Size Matters - In Chin Na - Why Chin Na Works, And Does Not Work (Journal of 7 Star Mantis vol. 3, issue 3/Northern Shaolin Praying Mantis Institute and Association 2012)