Since 1976

Hall of Fame

Mike Proctor and I recently were inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame (some photos on the gallery) and we had fun seeing a lot of folks we haven’t talked to in years, but I have to admit I have mixed feelings about the proliferation of martial arts halls of fame over the last few years. Many of them are just people patting each other on the back.

While it is nice receiving recognition from your peers, the reason I (and I know I speak for Mr. Proctor also) continue to teach after five decades in the martial arts, is because we are making a difference in our student’s lives. When I see a young man or woman graduate from high school and realize that they will go on to accomplish much in their future careers, I am grateful that I was able to instill some of that self-confidence and discipline that they have demonstrated. I still get a thrill when I see the light bulb go off in a student’s head that they “get” a technique and then are able to execute it successfully.

The martial arts changed my life and put me on a path that I never would have taken otherwise. I am indebted to all the people I have trained with over the years and it makes me want to return the lessons to my students. The smile on the face of an eight year old who passes his green belt or the beaming face of the mom of three who just won her first karate trophy is worth so much more to me than a crystal award (which I ended up just putting in the closet anyway).