I started karate at USKL in Upland
, California, under Sensei Ty Aponte, at the start of 2004. I was awarded the rank of Shodan in 2006, and graduated from HMC
shortly thereafter. In 2009 I joined JKASV in Redwood City
, CA, and am currently training under Sensei Jon Keeling there. I also teach karate and weapons classes to students at CSU East Bay.
In addition to training to Shodan in USKL Shotokan, I also hold 3rd kub (green belt) in Ohun Kum Do
, and have trained in Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, and Capoiera.
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I began practicing Shotokan karate when I was seven. I trained at Way of Japan School of Karate in Alamogordo, New Mexico for three years, under Sensei Herman Luette. I earned the rank of purple belt and then moved away. I continued my training at college, where I encouraged many of my friends to join. There, we practiced USKL Shotokan
, taught by Shihan Ty Aponte, Sensei Leo Shortle, and many other wonderful instructors. In 2006, I was awarded my Shodan, or first degree black belt.
After moving to Nebraska, I trained in SKA Shotokan for about 2 years. After giving myself time to get used to the new style, I found that I preferred USKL's style. Therefore, I am currently training on my own and with friends in USKL Shotokan.