• Share
  • Sumo
  • Share

Well, since we’ve been in business for a few months, I haven’t really taken the time to introduce myself to all you MA bloggers. But first I want to thank all you supporters of the martial arts and ExperienceMartialArts.com. Your visits to our site is what is driving this business so far.

Now about myself. I’m basically the other half of EMA – the martial arts guru. I guess you can say I’m a Karate freak. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy other sports and activities, such as football and snowboarding, but there is just something about Karate that I truely find fasinating. But it’s not the martial (physical) that I enjoy so much as I do the art (beauty). I mean, I do like to kick and punch people in the head while training, but the art side of Karate is the most beautiful part of martial arts. I’ll save that story for another time, but like I said, I’m a Karate freak…

How I Got Started

I was the kid that would watch all those Van Damme films (when he was a huge MA icon) and other MA flicks with my folks on Saturday nights. We’d rent one of his movies and before it started I was rolling around the floor, jumping, kicking, punching, and anything I could throw that “looked” like Karate to me. My parents saw a trend, obviously… So, they bought me lessons for my 10th Birthday. I would say the rest is history, but then that woudl defeat the purpose of this blog.

I can’t quite tell you how my first class went ’cause I can hardly remember what happened a couple hours ago, let alone 15 years ago. What I can say, though, is I was like EVERY kid first starting in Karate – stoked to go to class every night. That probably kept on for about two years until I hit a burnout phase in my life. This is a pretty typical reaction to all kids and adults committed to anything for a long duration. Good thing the folks were like “we’re paying all this money… and you need to continue training”. Get the idea? So I stuck around. Good thing too, because there really isn’t anything out there that I’m truely passionate about.

The Growing Years

As I was closing in to my Black Belt test, I began to mature (physically and mentally). My interest in Karate began to grow again and a new Instructor entered my life that was and has always been very influentcial – even to this day. I was then invited to assist the school’s instructors during classes. This is when things started to change because I was leading small groups of underbelts students – under the careful guidance of the main instructors. This is where my passion for teaching started, but I can go into that some other day. I was than promoted to 1st Dan onFebruary 1993 in Wado-Ryu Karate-Do. A great accomplishment for anyone, let alone a 13 year old kid. Around that time, I was briefly flirting with Sport Karate tournaments, but nothing serious. I would attend our manadatory school tournaments regularly, but never really took it any further. I guess ’cause I didn’t know to much about them and not very many people at our school competed much.

My Early Tourney Years

I had a couple of instructors that were competing regularly at national and local tournaments around the country. After a few stellar performances at some tournaments, they got me involved a bit more by “chasing points”, kinda like NASCAR. Drivers go around the country racing at different venues while receiving points for their performance, or places they finish. Same concept for Sport Karate.

By the age of 18 I had traveld to some of the largest tournaments around the country on a couple of circuits, one regional and the other national. I was well recognized at these tournaments after awhile and began to build a reputation as a good fighter. My last year as a junior competitor I finished 2nd in Point Fighting on the national circuit. Not a bad accomplishment for traveling the circuit for about 3 years. The tough part though was jumping into the adult division…

To Be Continued…