Martial Arts Experience

  • Began training with Karate International in 1978 (age 6)
  • Promoted to 1st Degree Black Belt in June, 1984
  • Opened first KI dojo inLewisville,NCin June, 1991 (age 19)
  • Opened the Mocksville dojo in 1993 (age 21)
  • Opened Clemmons Dojo in January, 1994
  • Promoted to Master Instructor (6th Degree Black Belt) in 1994 at the age of 22 under Grand Master Jan Wellendorf
  • Promoted to  8th Degree Black Belt  in October, 1999
  • Became director of American Martial Artists Association in March, 2000
  • Inducted into International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame in September, 2000 (age 28)
  • Promoted to Grand Master (9th Degree Black Belt) in December, 2007
  • 21 years running successful full time dojos


  • Earned Bachelor of Science in Business Administration fromHigh PointUniversityin May 2003
  • Earned Associates Degree in Business Administration in May, 2000
  • Earned MBA in 2005
  • Holds Doctorate in Martial Science from SouthernIndianaBibleCollege

 Other Facts and Information

  • Worked as a teacher’s assistant with exceptional children atLewisvilleElementary School
  • Has trained thousands of students and promoted hundreds of Black Belts
  • Karate Instructor of the year in 1992 awarded by AMAA
  • Has a great reputation with teaching children
  • Celebrating 34+ years with Karate International
  • Grand Master of 11 dojos inNorth Carolina
  • CEO of American Martial Artists Association
  • Founder of Media Fit Strategic Marketing & Advertising (2006)
  • Founding partner of Vela Media Fit Strategic Marketing & PR (2010)

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