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Birth place: Azle Tx

Profession: Business Development
Certified Corporate Trainer;
The Bob Pike Group
Certified Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Instructor (MCMAP)
MBA; Webster University
BS Business Administration: University of South Carolina

What martial art(s) have you trained in:

Shotokan: 1986-1989

Hwa Rang Do: 1994-1997

Wrestling: Freestyle, Greco-Roman (Junior High): 1996-1998

Marine Corps Mixed Martial Arts: 2002 – 2007

Yudansha (BJJ, Arnise, Judo, Muay Thai): 2011- 2014

BJJ: 2015 - Present

Number of years of training martial arts:  I started training in Shotokan at the YMCA in Fort Worth Texas at the age of 3.  Throughout my life, I have been drawn to various disciplines of martial arts. I strive to improve myself and I have found the physical “challenge” presented by martial arts requires this of me.  

When did you start teaching at Elite MMA? I began teaching at Elite MMA the moment Professors Hai and Eric awarded me the green strip 18 months ago as a student.  Since that moment, I have taken on the responsibility to support all of my fellow students, through the 7 areas of the Elite MMA philosophy.

What is a memorable moment for you at Elite MMA? The first time I asked Professor Hai for a personal conversation about my further development within the school.  Hai showed me that I am responsible for my own development and that I must take it upon myself to ask for help (and when I ask all of those within the school would help me reach my goals).

In your own words why do you enjoy Elite MMA?  I enjoy the athletes, the community that we create, and intensity of our training. The warriors here are noble, kind, and determined to develop in their discipline. I have spent most of my life wanting to be a part of, and contributing to, an organization that fights for growth of self and the community. I have found this in the culture and people of Elite MMA.

Do you have any martial arts accomplishments that you are proud of and why? To date… My two proudest accomplishments in the martial arts are to have been a MCMAP instructor for the United States Marine Corps, and to be offered the chance to teach and learn at Elite MMA.

Are there any professional accomplishments that you are proud of and why? I am proud of all of my diverse professional accomplishments including: completing Culinary School by 18; 5+ years as an active duty Marine with two years in combat for my country; completing both an BS and MBA; serving in a foreign county for the DOD as a Corporate Trainer;  and contracted as a Technology Development Executive for one of the largest technology firms in the world.  

What hobbies do you enjoy and why?  I really enjoy physical training of all kinds; BJJ, soccer, Cross-Fit, Cross-Country.  I also have a lot of season hobbies which I love such as hunting, agriculture, fishing, and horseback riding.

Any memorable family moments that you would like to share?  This past March I spent the weekend with my sons on a beach in Southern California.  It is always special to me to watch them play, and see a carefree smile cross their face forever creating a lasting memory for me.

Academic accomplishments: I received a BS in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and a MBA from Webster University of Missouri.  I hope to someday publish my theory on the marketing and development of Organic Agriculture in retail markets.

If you could walk us through a day or week in your life what would it consist of? Each day I wake up with the drive to move forward and develop the skills required to accomplish the goals I set forth for myself. I wake up, enjoy coffee, read the financial news, reach out to loved ones (family and friends). I take pride in completing each day what I have set forth for myself and if not communicate when I plan to accomplish it. I end the day by good a good meal, talking with my boys, spending quiet time with my girlfriend and dogs. 

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