My ultimate passion has always been Martial Arts. I began studying when I was 12, and teaching when I was only 16. Throughout the course of several years, I trained in France and Tahiti, and experienced an entirely new method of training, one I have fully embraced and now provide to my students. The men who trained me elevated my understanding in combative arts to levels I could have never comprehended on my own. I have never in my life encountered their equal. I often describe them similarily to Morpheus teach Neo about the "Matrix"... They opened my eyes. Yes, I'm a film geek!
Martial Arts training is a part of who I am. It is how I define myself. Teaching others and sharing my knowledge and experience is my passion.
I'm committed to providing my unique method of training to those seeking expert quality martial arts instruction.
I'm a Wisconsin native who's passionate about life and experiencing it's great many wonders.
Since early 2006, I've been an active volunteer and sponsor at Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue in Rock Springs. This has been one of the single most rewarding aspects of my life. I helped the rescue acquire their funding to be relocated, along with helping to actually build it. I bought their first four-wheeler, and have continued to volunteer as often and whenever possible to assist them. The owners are great friends and among the best people I know.
I'm excited to be a part of the Reedsburg and Mauston communities and to be near the big cats I've taken care of fo so long. I love this area with all of it's beautiful lakes, rivers, waterfalls, bluffs, rock formations, and rolling valleys.
You'll often find my out enjoying a campfire, Kayaking, Hiking, ATVing, or touring the roads on my motorcycle. Some other interests are drawing, mountain skiing, skydiving, and gaming.
I lived in New Orleans 4 years working in over 20 full feature films, commercials, and TV shows, as a stunt actor, body double, and stand-in. I also managed a fighters gym, then eventually opened my first studio.
I returned to Wisconsin after Hurricane Katrina and opened a new martial arts studio, which closed during the economic crash.
I returned south for another 5 years living in West Palm Beach working as a cinematographer, photographer, and personal martial arts trainer. My last production was as the "Director of Photography and Editor" for the Amazon Prime series "In Sanity, Florida", featuring Burt Reynolds.
The best way to describe my shooting style is "Cinematic". My goal is to evoke emotion and create exciting visuals for my clients.
I continue working as a professional Cinematographer and Photographer for my business "I Am Cinema". This also offsets the income needs for Kaizen, allowing me to reduce the number of students needed to "keep the lights on" and guarantee personal attention to everyone.
Believe it or not, I'm actually "a dog person" at heart, however I can't deny how great cats are too. Aside from working with Tigers and Lions, I also work with one of the largest domestic cat species in the world known as a "European Maine Coon". I have 3 of them in addition to my own rescue cats.
I co-own a business called "Natural Carnivore", which is a raw and natural pet food and supply store located in the front half of our Mauston location. It may seem weird at first to walk through a pet food store before stepping into the martial arts studio, but our store is unique and an experience to visit!
We also foster and socialize Maine Coon Kittens for a certified breeder (Dynasty Maine Coons) who is focused more on the quality of life for her cats, versus the quantity she sells. We provide them with an amazing home life and environment which far surpasses any expectations and standards of living for these amazing gentle giants. Students and families get the opportunity to play and interact with these kittens when they are at the studio. It's great socialization for the kittens, and a fun experience for kids learning how to care for an animal.