When did you start practicing Judo?
June 1st, 1974 at the Stevens Point
What got you interested in doing Judo in the first
My wife took judo classes from Mr. Happ
at the Y and said I would really enjoy the classes.
was your first Sensei? Where there any other significant teachers for
My first Sensei was Mr. Edward Happ,
Nidan. Other significant teachers were Tom Gustin, Jon Sanfilippo,
Lynn Roethke, and Bob Glejf.
When did you reach Black
Dec. 12, 1979, through USJA
has Judo affected your life outside the Dojo?
It has given me balance, timing,
control and the fun of teaching.
What are some of the most
important lessons Judo has taught you?
In addition to the above, it has given
me many friendships.
If any what other martial art(s) have
you studied? How far did you progress in it/them? Introduction to
Aikido, one kata in karate, a class in Tai Chi Chih
are some of your proudest achievements in Judo (Tournament victories,
awards recieved, rank recieved or other)?
My 6th degree from Sensei Phil Porter,
and the ceremony for receiving my Godan from Sensei Jon Sanfilippo
What made you stick with Judo for all of these years?
Great teachers and a good friend, Tom
Gustin, with whom to practice
What was your path to black
It was very fun because I got to do
what I like, with people I like.
What advice would you
give to a brand new white belt on what it takes to achieve a black
It takes practice, a love of the sport,
What was the transition from student to
teacher like for you?
It was great, and became one of the
reasons I chose teaching for my professional career.
long have you been teaching Judo?
1975 to 2008 and on
are some of the places you have taught Judo clinics?
UWSP, YMCA, and in Fon du Lac
is your current Rank in Judo and when did you recieve it?
Currently, I am a 6th degree Black
Belt, promoted in Jan. 2003
What are your goals in Judo?
To continue to share the sport of judo