My interest in the martial arts began as a young boy watching Bruce Lee play Kato in the TV series The Green Hornet. I was in total awe of his fighting skills. I swore to myself that one day, I would become a black belt

Until I was 8 years old we lived in military housing and it seemed that I was always getting picked on. To make matters worse, my father drank to excess and my parents constantly fought. By the time I was 12 my parents split up and suddenly I found myself homeless, living in cars and empty buildings. I started "borrowing" things to survive and started hanging around with the wrong kind of people.

"Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words."

I was still trying to go to school and thankfully my involvement in cross-country and wrestling probably saved me the fate of some of my "friends" who are now either dead from drug involvement or in prison.

Two of the guys I used to hang around with are now on death row! I won a varsity cross-country CIF championship and learned that with discipline and hard work you can succeed.

"Do not be afraid to go out on a limb, thatís where the fruit is."

After high school I got a job in the shipyards. The workdays were long and hard, but I developed a strong sense of responsibility, knowing that what I did could mean life or death to our efforts in Vietnam.

But after work, the men played and drank hard and I found myself once again getting in trouble with the law. I needed a different direction. I wanted to be a champ, not a chump.

"The more you sweat, the less you bleed."

Remembering my goal to become a martial artist, I started taking lessons in 1973 and by 1981 I had finally achieved my goal. Along the way, my life was significantly changed forever.

I have managed and owned my own studios and have taught hundreds of students of all ages and abilities. I have written a book about my experiences, which I hope will serve as a lesson to those less fortunate, and today I am deeply involved in my training videos, helping people around the world.

"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches,
and loving favor rather than silver and gold."

A Simple Prayer

He prayed for strength, that he might achieve;
He was made weak that he might obey.

He prayed for health that he might do great things;
He was given infirmity that he might do better things.

He prayed for riches that he might be happy;
He was given poverty that he might be wise.

He prayed for power that he might have praise of men;
He was given weakness that he might feel the need of God.

He prayed for all things that he might enjoy life;
He was given life that he might enjoy all things.

He had received nothing he asked for, but all that he hoped for.
His prayer was answered, and he was most blessed.

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