2 Stripe Purple Belt
What year did you start training?
How did you get started?
My boss at the time had a small school a few towns away and knew that I enjoyed athletics and working out so he ultimately got me into the martial arts.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve encountered in your training, and how did you overcome it?
I tore my meniscus the first time I went to compete in worlds. It was especially heartbreaking since it happened during my first match. To overcome this set back I stayed focused on my recovery and continued to involve myself with the Easton community despite not being able to train.
What’s your favorite thing about training or teaching, and why?
My favorite part of teaching and training, other than the amazing community it forms, is the satisfaction that comes from executing a technique or concept during training. I love seeing this growth in the moment, especially with my students.
What are your personal goals on and off the mat?
On the mats my personal goals are to come to high level understand of the wizardry that is the lapel game. In terms of being an instructor my goals are to build a culture of longevity through movement protocols that prevent and prepare our students for the rigors of the martial arts. Off the mats my goals are to reduce my carbon footprint by leading a more sustainable life. I also would like to develop my carpentry skills by doing re-purpose projects. Overall I want to be more eco-friendly and resourceful.
What’s something people might be surprised to learn about you?
I am the oldest of 8 children which is not very common in this day and age.