What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I train each summer at the Juko Kai International Hombu to learn other martial arts.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I played guitar in a rock n' roll band in the 60s. Having long hair was not popular so our entire band took up karate.
I was the only one who stayed with the training and in 1999, I reached the highest level possible - I was certified as Grandmaster of Seiyo Kai Shorin-Ryu Karate. In 2004, I was awarded 10th dan red belt. In 2012, I became one of a handful of martial artists since the early 20th century to be awarded the rank of 12th dan.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I teach them Karate, Kobudo, Self-Defense and Samurai Arts. I also offer special clinics for women's clubs, sororities, church groups, clubs etc, in self-defense.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
2012 Inducted into Action Martial Arts Magazines Hall of Honors (Outstanding Contributions to Martial Arts).
2009 Juko Kai International Honor Award One Who Points the Way.
2008 USHOFMAA International Hall of Honor, Maryland. Appointed to the Supreme Elite Warriors Council.
2008 Appointed Member of the International Examiners Committee, Seishinryoku Kai.
2008 Appointed International Representative of Arizona/USA for IOSKDKA, Athens, Greece.
2008 Appointed World Sokeship (Grandmaster) Council, Seishinryoku Kai.
2008 Lifetime member International Okinawa Seishinryoku Karate-Do Kobudo Association.
2007 Appointed United States Soke Council.
2006 USHOFMAA International Hall of Honor Inductee, Maryland.
2005 World Martial Arts Black Belt Hall of Fame Inductee, Malaysia. Awarded Grandmaster of the Year.
2004 World Head of Society (International Council of Masters and Grandmasters) Hall of Fame Inductee, Philippines. Awarded Honorable Grandmaster & Lifetime Member.
2004 American Karate Association Hall of Fame Inductee, Cincinnati Ohio. Awarded Instructor of the Year.
2004 US Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee, Nashville, Tennessee.
2004 Lifetime member, World Organizer of Martial Arts, Department of Martial Arts Affairs, Delaware.
2003 Latin America Martial Arts Society Worldwide Hall of Fame Inductee, Puerto Rico. Awarded International Grandmaster of the Year.
2002 Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee Orlando, Florida. Awarded Founder of the Year.
2002 World Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee, Springdale, Ohio. Awarded Grandmaster of the Year.
2001 North American Black Belt Hall of Fame inductee Lakewood, California. Awarded International Instructor of the Year.
2001, Lifetime Member, Okinawa Shorin-Ryu Kokusai Kempo-Karate-Do & Kobudo Federation.
2001 National Rock Hound & Lapidary Hall of Fame inductee. Presented Education Award.
2001 Appointed to the board of the World Soke Council.
2000 Top Juko-Kai International affiliated Soke of the Year.
2000 World Karate Union Hall of Fame Inductee, Tannersville, Pennsylvania. Presented Lifetime Achievement Award.
2000 American Biographical Institutes Millennium Hall of Fame Inductee. Presented Lifelong Contributions to Martial Arts Award.
1999 - Headmaster of the JKI Top-Rated Martial Arts School of the Year (University of Wyoming Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo Club).
1998 KB Karate Hall of Fame Inductee Pocono, Pennsylvania. Awarded Grandmaster Instructor of the Year.
1997 Presented Kyoju (Professor of Martial Arts) credential.
1996 Received JKI Samurai credentials.
Inductee, Whos Who in Martial Arts, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the West, Whos Who in America, Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, Whos Who in the 21st Century, ABIs Men of Achievement, 2000 Notable American Men, Ten Thousand Personalities of the World, and others.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Be sure that the instructor is certified to teach. This is a problem in this industry. Look at their credentials on their walls, check to see what organization they are associated with, watch them teach a class.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That karate was never developed as a sport.