Since you stopped in and poked around, you probably wondered, “Who is this amazing Karate Master that authors this blog?”. Well, since you asked nicely…
Height: 5′ 9”
Style: Kyokushin Karate
Rank: Yellow with green stripe (that’s 5th kyu if you want to be exact).
I began training in martial arts when I was 10 years old. My interest back then was sparked from a steady diet of popular media (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jackie Chan movies, comic books, etc). I suppose it also didn’t hurt my enthusiasm when I learned that martial arts training can help someone small, like I was, defeat someone larger, like my bullies were.
So, after much begging my mother relented and I began training in Uechi Ryu style of Karate. This lasted for about a year, until the dojo closed. It was just as well, though. My family didn’t have much money, so I would have had to stop anyway.
My training resumed in my later teens, and at that time I selected to train in Combat Hapkido (more on this in other posts). It was there that I dedicated my B.S.T. (Blood, Sweat, & Tears) until circumstances forced me to move out of state.
After I had finally settled I took up Kyokushin Karate. My dojo is amazing, my instructor is encouraging and demanding, and despite my height and weight disadvantages, I am enjoying the style’s challenges tremendously.
So what is this blog? It is my hope and my aim that this blog become a place where people come to read, talk, laugh at my stupid mistakes, and contribute to the dialogue. Bring your opinions, but check your ego at the door. And so, to that end, your comments are highly encouraged.
And if you’d like to reach out to me directly, just hop over to the Contact page.