I was exposed to some exceptional coaches very young and have been training seriously in various martial arts since age 18- the last 21 years. As a child, I wrestled (poorly) through junior high, did a little Aikido with a family friend who was a student of the founder, and did a little fencing with legendary coach Lajos Csiszar. The during my second year of college at age 18 I started training in Okinawan Kempo with Ralph Buschbacher. For the rest of college I trained at University of Virginia’s Okinawan Kempo club and with Joe Aldridge at Aldridge Karate Institute. During that time I was exposed to Wally Jay’s Small Circle Jiu Jitsu, tuite, and Remy Presas’s Modern Arnis.