I grew up on the South Side of Chicago and attended a Catholic elementary and seminary high school. Growing up in an increasingly gang infested area created a desire for some sort of self defense in the event of an incident.
I started Tae Kwon Do at the age of 10 for all of the same reasons that I am in True Power Martial Arts today. I continued Tae Kwon Do training through my junior year in high school. Due to the fact that I was going away to school at the University of Illinois, I could only hope to continue my pursuit of a martial art proficiency. The "black belt" was the initial driving force but after time I found the mind-body-spirit connection was the true goal.
At U of I, I had checked out several martial arts such as Goshu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi, and Shaolin Kung Fu. I chose Kung Fu (Shaolin Praying Mantis) for it diverse attention to the traditional martial arts, concurrent weapons training and use of the entire body in attacks as well as self defense. Leaving U of I after graduation left me again with the decision to continue what I have learned or try something new.
Finding time to schedule a work out is always challenging but necessary to give me balance in my life. I found employment at Motorola and when I heard they had a self defense club I was under the impression that it was just a diverse group that met to work out, spar and compare their fighting styles to educate one other. What I found was a group of brothers and sisters to help me find my mind, body, and spirit.
True Power Martial Arts taught me that I had to let go of what I had learned and grow within this fighting system. It also taught me that there are three aspects of an attack: punching and kicking, knocking your opponent to the ground, and ground fighting. This style of fighting has taken the best of many fighting styles and martial arts to produce the True Power Martial Arts. True Power Martial Arts has shown me how to dominate any opponent psychologically and physically by leveraging a superior mindset and powerful effective moves in self defense.