6th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo
Brown Belt in Judo
Level 2 Krav Maga Certified
I started taking Taekwondo in West Palm Beach, Florida in August of 2000.
At brown belt I started assisting with classes and was working towards becoming a certified instructor. I then went on to earn my First Degree Black Belt in June 2002. At the time I also competed and won State Champ in Florida for Weapons for the 2002-2003 competition years.
In December of 2003 I earned my Second Degree Black Belt and in June of 2004 I completed all the requirements to become a certified instructor.
In October of 2005 I decided to focus on getting my college degree. I stopped teaching to finish college where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Real Estate. After graduating in December of 2007 I then moved to Brentwood Tennessee where I resumed teaching.
Once there I took up competition again where I earned the Triple Crown (Forms, Weapons, and Sparring) State Champ Title for Tennessee for the 2007-2008 competition years.
I moved to Suwanee Georgia in August 2008 to become the chief instructor of the Suwanee Karate Atlanta location. During that time, I focused on changing the culture of Suwanee and growing the school by providing a great environment that encourages students to reach their potential by giving 100% effort towards earning their Black Belts. Since that time, we have grown the school from about 100 students to around 300+ students and have expanded the school twice over the years to accommodate our growing student base.
In 2014 I was awarded the District Champion title for Traditional Weapons and in
July 2015 I tested and passed for my Fifth Degree Black Belt during World Championships.
I still love the challenge of working with kids and adults in bettering their confidence, discipline, and martial arts skills. It is a constant joy to see kids and adults struggle with a technique or exercise, practice it over and over again and then one day have everything click and perform that technique smoothly and accurately. I never get tired of seeing those successes.
In August 2020 I tested and passed for the rank of 6th Degree Black Belt. In November 2020 I set out on a new adventure of owning and running my own martial arts school, Elevate Martial Arts and Fitness.
I plan on using my training in arnis, jujitsu, krav maga, and judo and am looking forward to using all of that knowledge to improve our students at our new location.
I am excited about the families and students who are coming along this journey with me as well as all of the new families that will be joining us!! I can’t wait to see many of you on the mats!!