"The teacher guides the student to the door,
its the student's responsibility to walk through it"
It seems that martial arts has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. In the beginning, my dad taught me some basic martial arts in the basement of our home. This was my martial arts experience up until my family and I moved to California. Here, I studied Karate and Judo for a few years throughout high school. This refined my skills that my dad taught me and gave me experience learning in a formal setting.
A Rough Patch
After high school my family and I left California. For a year I traveled around to various martial arts clubs; Karate, Taekwondo, Krav Maga, and MMA. It was at this point in my journey that I began to feel quite "negative" about what to do with my life. Then, I was given the opportunity by my family to go to China. In my first year, I learned the language while studying Muay Thai and a little bit of Kung Fu. The structure that I had in that year really helped me focus on what I enjoyed most, martial arts. I also began to feel better about what to do with my life.
Then, I went to China for another year. Training at Maling Shaolin Kung Fu School where... so much happened. After that great year of ups and downs it became obvious that I didn't just want to study Kung Fu to a deeper level. I wanted to do Kung Fu as a career. I hope to spread the benefits of Kung Fu and martial arts to many people so that they can feel the change that I felt within themselves.
But it won't be easy. It will hurt. You will sweat.
In the end it will all be worth it.
The little bit of Kung Fu that I had learned combined with the discipline of the Muay Thai classes made me realize that I wanted to pursue Kung Fu deeper. I thank my sister as she let me live with her during this time. She dealt with all of my crazy training antics and strange work schedule. All of that on top of having two kids and a crazy dog. Each day became about saving money and training, challenging my body to new limits. All that I could do was use my previous knowledge and videos to learn more. Many challenges happened during this time but I have to say it was a happy time.