Old school training in Traditional Tang Soo Do “Way of the China Hand” as taught by the late Master Yun Tak Bong , South Korea.
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My Martial Journey
My study of martial arts officially began with the art of Traditional Tang Soo Do Korean Karate (Dan#26,283) under the guidance of the late Master Yun Tak Bong in South Korea.
Since then, Tang Soo Do has always been my core art, teaching hundreds of students over the years. Martial arts have been a huge part of my life and who I am as a person, giving me the ability to face life’s obstacles, allowing me to meet and teach incredible people, and make a difference in children’s lives.
Now in my fifties, and after sustaining a couple of serious injuries and surgeries leaving me unable to do many techniques, my training is evolving into my personal expression of Tang Soo Do and Karate.
Teaching and helping others
I began teaching martial arts in 1986, teaching my fellow military members and military police the art of Tang Soo Do and self-defense. While I primarily taught adults, in 2008 I began teaching children and young adults as part of a Christian martial arts program.
I realized how much martial arts can be used to reach out to those in need and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, teaching martial arts with sound Biblical principles.
This led me to begin my own martial arts ministry, opening the first Red Shield Warrior program in the state of Florida, teaming up with the Salvation Army of Tampa. Founded by Tang Soo Do Master Karen Eden, the Red Shield Warriors taught the art of Tang Soo Do to at-risk and underprivileged children, focusing on personal development, anti-bullying, and helping kids become warriors in life.
Unfortunately the program came to an end in 2012, and my personal ministry, Trinity Christian Martial Arts, ended in 2013 after sustaining my injuries and surgeries.
While I no longer have a dojo, ministry, or teach in-person classes, my goal is to continue my mission through written books, courses, and online content.
Solo and Home Training
My training is done alone, on my own, in my own home, and at my own pace.
I believe training solo and at home allows one to go deeper into the art and focus on making the art their own.
For this reason, my courses, content, and upcoming books are all geared toward helping the home and solo trainer, giving people across the globe tools to help them begin or continue their martial journey at any age.
Much of my personal training now is focused on Tai Chi for health and longevity. The slow, focused movements, help me to improve my posture, develop mindfulness, and relax the body during movement, which is hard to do after training in hard styles for so long.
Below are the awesome instructors I have been blessed to learn under, in order of the arts and when I studied them.
Master Yun Tak Bong, Traditional Tang Soo Do
Ching Dong Ri, South Korea
My first instructor in the martial arts and in the art of Traditional Tang Soo Do. A 7th Dan and head of the Chung Nam region of South Korea representing the Korean Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan Association under Grandmaster Hwang Kee. An incredible martial artist, instructor, and dear friend, Master Yun passed away in 1991 in a motorcycle accident.
Sensei Skip Jones, Shotokan Karate
Sensei Skip (I cannot remember his real last name) was a great instructor and ambassador for the art of Shotokan Karate. The lead instructor for Shotokan on the US Army base in Granfwoehr, I studied under Sensei Skip for three and a half years.
Sensei Dwight Pharr, Sin Moo Hapkido
While stationed in Germany, I studied traditional Hapkido under Sensei Dwight Pharr for 3 1/2 years, studying Sin Moo Hapkido, founded by Master Ji Han Jae. Sensei Pharr is on the right in the photo.
Sifu Dean Economos, 8 Step Praying Mantis
Sifu Dean Economos was a close student to the headmaster of 8 Step Praying Mantis, James Shyun (pictured on the left). A great instructor focused on effectiveness and self-defense.
Sensei Joe Wagner, Tracy Kenpo
Sensei Joe Wagner was a great Kenpo technician and instructor. I had the pleasure of learning from him in the Buffalo studio as well as privately at my home.
Shihan Michael Hawley, Suenaka Aikido
My second passion, next to Karate, was training in Aikido. I was blessed to have trained under Shihan Michael Hawley of the Kin Tora Dojo in Buffalo, NY. Shihan Hawley was a student of the late Sensei Roy Suenaka, a direct student of Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba and Aikido Sensei Koichi Tohei. While I do not actively practice Aikido any longer, many of the locking and throwing techniques have been adopted into my Karate and self-defense training.
Sensei Bill Adams, Yang Tai Chi Chuan
I was introduced to Tai Chi attending a World Tai Chi event while I was living in Lancaster, NY, hosted by Bill Adams, a member of the 1993 US National Tai Chi Team, and student of Tai Chi master Bow Sim Mark. I studied under Bill Adams for a year, learning the Yang Style modified 12 and 24 forms.
I have continued training the Tai Chi I had learned and also studied the Tai Chi for Arthritis form by Dr. Paul Lam and learned the Yang Style 8 form as well. In 2021 I renewed my focus on my Tai Chi training, making it the primary martial arts training I do for health and longevity.
Master Richard Dixon, Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do/Combat Hapkido
I not only studied and learned the art of Chung Do Kwan TKD under Master Dixon, but also learned how the martial arts can be used to do God’s work, becoming the hands and feet of Christ. Master Dixon is an incredible instructor, a student of Grandmaster Edward B. Sell, I earned my second Dan in Chung Do Kwan under his tutelage, as well as studying Combat Hapkido.
Grandmaster John Pelligrini, Combat Hapkido
I began the study of Combat Hapkido, founded by Grandmaster John Pellegrini, under Master Dixon and through attending seminars with GM Pelligrini.
Master David Rivas, Combat Hapkido Ground Survival
Learned the techniques of ground fighting and survival for self-defense. I became a certified Combat Hapkido Ground Survival assistant instructor through Master David Rivas.
Master John M. Landry, Kaneshi Kwan Hapkido
I was awarded my black belt in Kaneshi Kwan Hapkido by Master Landry, retired police detective, Director of Training for Shinja Martial Arts University, and a self-defense/combative instructor.