Arizona Hombu (Arizona School of Traditional Ka...
22 years in business
- 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.