1967, my journey began in the martial arts, Shotokan Karate, at
Santa Monica Dojo on 20th St. near Olympic Ave. in the city of Santa
Monica. I was 19 years old at the time and traveled some 20 miles
one way from the San Fernando Valley, my home base. Under the watchful
eye of France Borka, George Gamble, Lee Muhl, Bruce Kanegai, Jeff
Klein and Brian Maeda I practiced at least 3 times a week. Practice
was hard, relentless - we were taught to persevere and we created
a foundation of future growth. By 1970, I was a Shodan, one of Mr.
Ohshima’s first 100 black belts.
In 1971, together with Bruce Kanegai, the CSUN Shotokan Karate
was founded. Shortly thereafter, Bruce was awarded an art scholarship
and made the long journey to France for one year. When he came back,
he started the Simi Valley Club and Dojo, not too far from the San
In the mid-1970’s, for 2 ½ years, I served as General
Manager of the SKA. Yes, in every era we get more organized and
efficient. In 1996, I was asked to write and produce a video documentary
about Mr. Ohshima (Mr. Ohshima and the SKA: 40 Years In America).
This video fell between Harmony and the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo Grand
Opening 2000 presentation. In 1998, I was asked to become a member
of our Board of Directors. Raising funds by way of outside businesses,
corporations and motivated individuals became my pursuit –
each member chooses a specialty! In 2002, in Spain, I was promoted
to the rank of Godan (5th degree black belt).