Primary Style Shaolin-Do Location Ohio Occupation Testing Specialist Martial Arts Experience ***Boxing (around 1987) - My first teacher was my father. He was a police officer in his younger years and a security guard in his later days. He taught me and my brothers Boxing and basic grappling.
***Karate (1992) - My next few classes where a few seminars in Karate at the YMCA.
***Fencing (1994) - I took fencing classes at the YMCA, learning the foil, epa and rapier. I won a 4th place medal in my fencing tournament in 1995.
***High-school Wrestling (around 1994) - briefly my older brother, got me to try out high-school wrestling... it was short lived.
***Tae Kwon Do/Mixed Martial Arts (1995) - Taught by Master McDuffie Strickland for about 5 years before having to drop out do to money issues. I obtained a blue belt and was about to promote for purple. Entered two tournaments. In the first I won a 1st place trophy for forms and a 1st place for sparring. In my second tournament I got a 2nd place out of 25 for the forms with a form I just learned Pyung ahn 3. I received a 4th place medal for sparring. I was not aware that bent armed punches didn't count in Tae Kwon Do tournaments till after, to my great frustration.
***Tien Shan Pai/"Kung-fu" (around 2000) - Trained with Sifu David Seiwert, (now Guro Seiwert), at the Jade Dragon. Guro Seiwert has given up his Tien Shan Pai training and began training in Filipino Kali which he currently teaches.
***Shaolin-Do (2008) - To this day I'm taught by Master Jerome Cook, who started his training in Shaolin-Do in the 1980s, he has also had training in Ninjitsu and Aikido. As a basic over view of the material I've learned so far, Crane, Tiger, Mantis, Dragon, Pakua, Tai Chi, Hsing-I, Qi-gong, Five animal Qi-gong, I Chin ching, iron man, meditation, broad knife, bo, short stick, straight sword, spear, saber, broad sword, two handed saber, general Kwan's knife, sai, dagger, sun moon forks, two-section staff (nun-chucks), and fan. among other things as of 10-01-2012.
*Weapons: katana, bow, spear, hand guns, revolvers, rifles, miao dao, liuye dao, axe, broad sword, short sword, bastard sword, shurikens, two handed axe, war hammer, tonfa, sai, knife fighting, hailberd, kwan dao, pike, lance and mace.
, Jeet Kune Do (more philosophy then fighting style) muay thai.
*My younger brother has shared some Katana techniques with him as well. He is also an accomplished martial artist. Quote Don't believe everything you think...