When did you start practicing Judo?
What got you interested in doing
Judo in the first place?
I needed an exercise program.
Who was your first Sensei? Were
there any other significant teachers for you?
Edwin Happ. Then Jim Weidner and Tom
Gustin. Significant teachers Phil Porter and Charlie Robinson.
When did you reach Black Belt?
January 23, 1988
How has Judo affected your life
outside the Dojo?
Judo has nurtured good health and
respect for others.
What are some of the most important
lessons Judo has taught you?
In Judo as in life one “gets
thrown”, but in Judo as in life, one gets up and continues with
every intention to succeed.
If any what other martial art(s)
have you studied? How far did you progress in it/them?
What are some of your proudest
achievements in Judo (Tournament victories, awards received, rank
received or other) ?
Doing a Judo technique in seemingly an
What made you stick with Judo for
all of these years?
I made a commitment in February of 1977
to pursue the sport and philosophy of Judo all of my life.
What was your path to black belt
It was a step by step building process
that will always continue.
What advice would you give to a
brand new white belt on what it takes to achieve a black belt?
Be committed to what you are doing, be
determined, be open minded be ready to put forth a great deal of
effort – never give up.
What was the transition from student
to teacher like for you?
I believe we are all students and
teachers at the same time.
How long have you been teaching
On paper I probably became a Judo
teacher when I became a shodan. However, I believe all of us teach
someone something throughout our lives.
What is your current Rank in Judo
and when did you receive it?
Nidan. May 11, 2001.
What are your goals in Judo?
To maintain mental, physical, spiritual
and emotional health so that I have the capacity to give back to
society. All Judoka have goal of Maximum Efficiency and Mutual
Welfare and Benefit.