Joined Sep 6 2016
70 years old
I began my Kenpo training in 1966 studying the Tracy's system at their San Mateo, CA school run by Ray Klingenberg. I stayed there until I entered the military. When I came home from Vietnam I joined the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office and took up my Kenpo studies again with the Moore's Brothers where I achieved my Shodan in 1973. I subsequently went to John Sepulvada's school in Santa Clara, CA., where he was gracious enough to have one of his blackbelts teach me the advanced forms and sets not taught at Moores. I have been involved in the martial arts for the last 45+ years as a teacher, competitor, and official, as well as a tournament promoter and arbitrator. As a career law enforcement officer of 32 years, I instructed POST Defensive Tactics, TAC Squad martial arts training, and Women's Self Defensive courses. I both competed and officiated, (kumite, freehand kata and weapons forms), over 30 years in both national and international open karate tournaments, as well as the California Police Olympics, World Police and Fire Games, and Western States Police and Fire Games.
When the Unified World Martial Arts Federation organization was being founded by Grandmaster Joe Halbuna, Grandmaster Al Novak and Kyoshi Ben Abarca, I was asked to create and oversee the Kenpo branch. It was through the UWMAF I received my promotion to Shichidan, my certificate being signed by the ranking board members, Joe Halbuna, Al Novak, Wally Jay, Ming Lum (Ng), and Willy Cahill, and witnessed by Vinton Koklich, Max Pallen, Ben Abarca, and Emil Batista. In 2000 I received the Al Novak Award for lifetime dedication to the martial arts. Of all the trophies and gold medals I have won in competition, this was my highest honor. In 2005 I was asked to coordinate the Western States Police and Fire Games karate competition held in Reno, Nevada, including the transition from previous JKA rules to developing open tournament rules.
Over the span of my 45 years in the arts I have met many wonderful people from all styles and systems and for which countless friendships have endured, including many from the world of Kenpo. And to that end, it is through Kenpo I found the bond that, to me, truly transcends the essense of all martial arts.
As a recent addendum, I have had the privilege of coming full circle in my Kenpo career, back to my roots by being promoted to the rank of Kudan, 9th degree, Master in Kenpo by Great Grand Master Al Tracy. (#B-938-38). As such, I am the 38th, 9th degree issued by Great Grand Master, a tremendous honor to say the least.