Yondan, Toyama Ryu (ZNTIR)
Sandan, Seitei Battodo (USFBD)
I started studying Toyama ryu battodo in 2011 at Byakkokan Dojo, where I still train under Sang Kim sensei. I established the Brooklyn Battodo study group in 2016 as an extension of Byakkokan.
I strongly believe in teaching what I know well, not just parroting what my teachers said. Sometimes that means admitting that I don't know that answer to a question, which I would rather do than try to make something up.
When I'm teaching, I emphasize structure, posture, and body integration; I draw heavily on my yoga practice for this. It's necessary for effective power transfer, but it's also important for everyday life. I also emphasize efficient movement, presence/awareness, pressure, and composure under stress. And of course proper technique and martial effectiveness.
2019 Tsi-State Battodo Tai Kai
-1st place, gekken
2018 Polyclash Tri-State Polymer Weapon Tournament (Cairo, New York)
- 5th place, gekken
2018 East Coast tai kai (Melbourne, Florida)
- 3rd place, tameshigiri, nidan-sandan division
2016 ZNTIR tai kai (Machida, Japan)
- 2nd place, tameshigiri, nidan-sandan division
2015 USBFD tai kai (Melbourne, Florida)
- 2nd place, gekken
- 3rd place, team tameshigiri