Over the years I maintained a constant search for my martial expression. Both by choice and due to tough circumstances. I was usually the smallest guy in my classes, neighborhoods, and even among my extended family. Growing up in a tough Chicago area suburb it was common for me to have to defend myself. It turned out that I was pretty naturally gifted at self-protection, thank god! But, I wanted more. I wanted to be more than a fighter. I craved for an outlet that focused on integrity and functionality.
My earliest exposure to karate training was around 1985. At the YMCA just a few blocks from my house some black belts taught Ishin-Ryu karate-do. The instructors were local law enforcement. Function, education, courtesy, and toughness were the primary focus. I remember the head sensei once telling me that the only way to earn a black belt is by finishing high school. I could see instantly that this was the place for me. There was a peace that I felt from my training that would always keep a karate fire in my soul. I remained at this school for a couple of years, but due to hardships at home I stopped attending classes. I always remembered this experience and longed for it for many years after.
After about 15 years of random martial arts training in wrestling, judo, and boxing I finally found my sensei. Howard Moring has been teaching me karate-do for about 10 years now and represents everything I think the martial arts are supposed to be about. He is a gentleman, caring, supportive, hardworking, functional, and patient. I have learned a great deal about being a man from training under sensei Howard. So why do I teach karate? Because this is my way to teach values, stress management, mentor, and grow as a human being. I teach because I want my students to experience the wonderful benefits I have from training in my chosen art.
Thank you very much!