Martial Arts Experience

  • Began his martial arts training at the age of 13 in Taekwondo
  • Began training with Karate International in June, 2003
  • Began teaching classes as a purple belt
  • Promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt in May, 2005
  • Took over as owner and chief instructor of Karate International of Elkin in October 2005
  • Has training in various martial arts styles including Gracie Jiu-jitsu, Kung-fu and Krav Maga
  • Has had the privilege of training with many exceptional martial artists including Bill Wallace, Stephen K. Hayes, Paul Vunak, and Rener and Ryron Gracie


  • Earned Bachelor of Science in Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology from Appalachian State University, May 200
  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor, International Fitness Trainers of America

Other Facts and Information

  • Performed anti-bullying talks for the Yadkin, Surry and Wilkes county schools.
  • Has taught various self defense classes for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America as well Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital
  • Vice President of American Martial Artists Association
  • 2011 Karate Instructor of the year awarded by AMAA

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