I started in a karate class in the local YMCA, as many people do. I thoroughly enjoyed the routine of it. Learning the precise movements, and of course being able to compete. I got into my first tournament when I was hitting close to the age my brother was when he passed. I won that one, and placed second in my next one. I enjoyed the sport, but I knew that my passion would lie elsewhere, and so I wound up spending the next few years taking many different martial arts to find where my home was. I spent a lot of time focusing on arts such as kick boxing, to ensure that I had power behind my skill, and various grappling arts as well.
As I hopped discipline to discipline though, I realized that I would carry some of my past teachings with me. Which was much to the dismay of my teachers as I was in a grappling class and kept trying to knee my sparring partners in the face during a take down attempt. It was in noticing this though, that I realized that there were certain key elements in each discipline that I found really worked for me, and those that didn’t. And I knew that at some point, I would have to categorize the successful ones and turn it into my own practice.
I got a little sidelined in my mid twenties though, as I took the time to serve my country. I went into the Navy Seals program as it was the most challenging I could find at the time, and it was there that I learned a combat form that was all about practical usage. I knew instantly that this was the calling I needed for my own self defense form, as I wanted to create a line of martial arts that could be used to save your life, rather than to look cool and break some boards. After I spent five years in the military, I immediately took to formulating my martial art.
It was at this point that I first started to develop Tactical Defense Solutions. Taking all of the beneficial things I had learned across many martial arts, I began to put them together into a series of actions and reactions to use in a life or death situation. Throughout all of it, I replayed my own mental vision of my brothers fateful night, and what he could have done when facing multiple attackers, how to gain the upper hand quickly, and most of all, how to defend himself from a blindsided attack.
I spent the next three years honing my martial art, and pitching it to local community meetings to gain interest in those who needed to learn a way of defense. Since the point that I truly unveiled my martial art, I now teach four separate classes a day, with upwards of twenty people per class. It may be a small start, but it’s going to get much bigger.