I sincerely believe that through the study of the martial arts my life has been enriched. It has created a physical and mental balance that has guided me to positive pathways. This pathway has kept me focused both professionally and personally.
While being a student of the martial arts I was able to complete culinary school, complete my apprenticeship and work as a Chef. I then found my way back to school and earned my teaching diploma and have been a High School teacher since 2005.
My most treasured experiences have been as a husband and a father. I honestly believe that without training and its’ focus that these achievements may never have been realized.
For this I would like to thank the late Soke Terry Stanton; Founder of Shinki Ryu Jujitsu and the Professional Self Defense Association.
My introduction to this system was through my first instructor Mr. Warren Berlin, who was superseded by Shihan Greg Crozier. Since 1990 Shihan Crozier has been an exemplary instructor and friend.
Shihan Crozier was responsible for my instruction through all twelve kyu levels as well as up to and including my instructor certification and my first year of Rokudan, at which-point private instruction was received by Shihan Perrin (Nidai Me Soke), Shihan Asa and Soke Stanton himself.
Shihan Crozier and Soke Stanton both guided my instruction through the Hiden Mugei Ryu Iaido System.
For instruction in both International Motobu Ha Shito Ryu Karate and the affiliated Kobudo system, both Shihan Crozier and Shihan Boydston have been my instructors.
Through Shihan Corzier I was introduced to Kyoshi Troy Wideman of the Genbukan. Kyoshi Wideman was a personal student of Soke Tenamura. I began training with Kyoshi Wideman in the spring of 2003.
As a student of Kyoshi Wideman I have participated and ranked in: Koto Ryu Koppo Jutsu, Gyokko Ryu Kosshi Jutsu, Tenshin Hyoho Kukshin Ryu Ju Jutsu, Takagi Yoshin Ryu Ju Jutsu as well as Asayama Ichiden Ryu Ju Jutsu.
I endeavor to follow Kyoshi Wideman and the teachings of Soke Tenamura while carrying on the traditions of Soke Stanton’s Shinki Ryu Jujitsu.
I would like to thank those of which have been my uke as well as my students through the years to allow me the privilege of working with them and to grow in the martial arts.
More over, I would like to thank my family for understanding my path and enduring its’ inconveniences. Thank you Fatima, Alyana and Liam.
Soke: pronounced [soːke], is a Japanese term that means "the head family [house]." In the realm of Japanese traditional arts.
Kyoshi: “expert teacher,” although it is sometimes also translated as “professor” or “assistant professor.”
Shihan: Japanese term that is used in many Japanese martial arts as an honorific title for expert or senior instructors.