My Training History   In the beginning.......

As most kids did, I was captivated by the ninja movies of the 80's. This led to a 2 year stint in karate and a 6 month shot at hapkido. This came in my early teens. The drive was not there at that point so the benefits where not seen.

Life lessons.......

Growing up in a redneck town in northern British Columbia exposed me to many situations where I could witness the street experience in action. I was always bigger than most people around me so my experience with fighting came more from breaking up fights or preventing them than from people picking them with me. After graduating high school for a couple of years I was asked to "bounce" at local bars but that is a no win situation so I chose not to. This was all before any real training. This was also when I first saw the "Perfect Weapon" in theaters. This would later be a movie that showed me what I wanted to be like and how I wanted to be able to move.

New city, appearance of  high end training, many dollars.......

I moved to the big city when I was 20 and decided it was time to get back into the martial arts. I found a supposed kung-fu school that had locations in multiple cities, many students, tv commercials and claimed  to be teach the oldest and truest style. All this was proved to be false by many, many reliable sources and this school admitted it in law suits. The students still don't have a clue. I choose not to reveal the schools name due to the fact the students choose not to listen to the truth anyway.  I  must say though I did get a very good foundation from this school because they only teach basics, but they drill them into you. So I must say it was not an all together bad thing but it did end up costing me $3000 dollars for 2 years of training. This has also given me the ability to analyze what I do know, and how unrealistic that school looked at self-defense.

Tigers, eyebrows, palms and Parker, oh my..........

While approaching the level of brown belt at the above school a fellow class mate told me of a school he was going to join and that I should check out. I went and met a man named Richard Shergold. He was someone who had been in the martial arts 15 years at the time, and had run a chain of martial arts schools. He had also worked with and been ranked by some very very very good people and organizations in the city. He was also very open to what he taught and had a very strong focus on self-defense. He was also able to man handle me and I out-weighed him by close to 100 pounds. I was sold. At the time he was focusing on the concepts of  Ed Parkers Kenpo as well as Bak fu pai kung-fu. He was learning from some very high level people in the states and is still hooked up with them. Master Shergold chose to move away from the Kenpo and focus strictly on the White Tiger. This was something I looked at and made the decision that Kenpo was still the art for me. I continued to learn aspects of the White Tiger, but my heart belonged to Kenpo. I received my First Degree Black Belt in May of 1997 after 4 years of Training in Edmonton.

Kenpo, Kenpo, Kenpo......

I continued to study everything I could get my hands on that had anything to do with Kenpo. As a result I realized that everything was there in the techniques that I had been already taught. The terminology was not mentioned the way it was in Mr. Parkers books but was there and I had been too naive to see the concepts and applications. With the way that Kenpo was laid out by Mr. Parker it involved a great deal on analyzing motion and the results of actions. This part I loved. I worked on concepts with anyone who would oblige as well as on my own. I worked out at least 5 times a week practicing motion, generating fast efficient power as well as building as many striking sequences I could and working off the reactions I could generate in the attacker. I would teach concepts in classes at our kung-fu school and love every minute of it. After some moving of locations and people changes at the studio, Mr Shergold came to me and asked me if  I wanted to open a Kenpo school. This was something that every student with any inclination to be the best they can hopes for. So we went about finding a location.

Indonesian/Filipino

18 years ago Master Mike McGuire here in Edmonton introduced me to the Filipino martial arts of modern Arnis from Datu Kelly Worden and kali. Since then I have never looked back. The flow and practical application of these arts was amazing and fit with Kenpo very well. I have since gone out to seek others in the Indonesian and Filipino martial arts, including the De Thouars and Professor Rick Hernandez. I have been to many of Datu's seminars and also to his camp. I recently received an associate instructor ranking directly from Datu Kelly Worden and a 3rd degree rank from CAMA (Central Alberta Martial Arts), whose founder is Master Mike McGuire. This was one of the other high points in my martial arts career. I have turned my focus to the Indonesian and Filipino arts now and work them many hours a week as well as teach them to my students. We have also recently established a relationship with Conrad Bui in Denver who is a guru under Uncle Bill DeThouars and Dr. Andre' KnustGraichen.

 

More to come........