I began my training in 1970 in American Chi Do Kwan under Ernest Lieb in Muskegon Michigan. I immersed myself into this style and stayed with it through the time that it changed to the (AKS) American Karate System. I earned my 7th Degree Black Belt in the American Karate System under Mr. Lieb. Mr Lieb remained my friend and instructor until he passed away in 2006. In July of 2018 the ASK approved me for my 8th Degree Master Level Black Belt.
My Tai Chi training began in 2007. I wanted to add a dimension of development that was missing from the harder karate style that I had been practicing. Tai Chi is an excellent discipline to develop balance, breathing and internal health. I found the soft circular movements helped with coordination and develop patience and discipline. For me, it takes a very concerted effort to move so slow.
I enjoy teaching martial arts (that includes Tai Chi) because of the results I see in the students. Besides self defense, these styles have been taught for centuries as a system of internal and external health. Practitioners can train at their own pace in a non-competitive way, starting where they are at in their own physical condition.
"Tai Chi is an excellent discipline to develop balance, breathing and internal health.."