I was born and raised in South Africa. As part of the Chinese community, it wasn't unusual for me during the sixties in my early youth to watch Kungfu movies. This was my first interest in the martial arts.
When I was in high school, Master Tchoung Ta-chen (Zhong Dashen) came to South Africa to teach Tai Chi to the Chinese community in Johannesburg. This resulted in the formation of the S. A. Chinese Tai Chi Chuan Club which I had joined, commencing my first active participation in the martial arts. When I entered the University of the Witwatersrand, I joined the Karate school on campus, the JKA Shotokan Club. This club was run by Sensei Stan Schmidt. This was to be my prime martial arts training for the next four years.
When I graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand, I joined Shifu/Shihan Edward Jardine at his International Tai Chi Society and Yuishinkai Kobujutsu South Africa studio. Shihan Jardine introduced me to Karate Jutsu from the Yuishinkai system and Ryukyu Kobujutsu (Kobudo) from the Ryukyu Kobujutsu Hozon Shinko Kai (RKHSK) system. I've subsequently attained yondan level (4th dan) in these systems. At the same time, Master Jardine brought me back to the Tai Chi (Taiji), Qigong and Daoyin systems as primarily taught to him by Grandmaster Duan Yu-chang and others.
In 1984, I relocated to Massachusetts in the USA. Currently I teach Karate Jutsu and Ryukyu Kobujutsu (Kobudo) at the Wareham Multi-Service Center. I also teach Tai Chi (Taiji), Qigong and Daoyin at the Wareham Multi-Service Center, at Oak Point in Middleborough and at Open Space Studio in Plymouth.
I'm the Chief Instructor at Yuishinkai Kobujutsu USA. I'm also Branch Chief in the USA for both Yuishinkai and RKHSK, hence under the direction of Hanshi Kisho Inoue who is President of both Yuishinkai and RKHSK in Tokyo, Japan.
I'm extremely grateful to my current and past teachers who have guided me on my martial art journey.