Since 1973, I trained in various martial arts earning a 8th Degree Black Belt - Master Level in CMA; a 5th Degree Black Belt - Master Level in Zu Wei Shu Kenpo; a 3rd Degree Blue Belt - Internationally Certified Instructor in Tang Soo Do Moo Duk Kwan; and a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Chuan Lu Chinese Boxing. I have taught many students for over 47 years ranging from 4-76 years of age. I competed locally, regionally, nationally, and in 1982, placed 4th in international competition on the USA Forms Team in Atlantic City, NJ.
In 2001, the Reverend, Doctor, & Sifu Chuck Jackson & I began developing CMA. Pastor Jackson is the co-founder of CMA. We had a vision. Center all of the martial arts that I taught on Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, the creator of ALL! And so he & I embarked on the most enjoyable, fulfilling journey of all of my life. We began to create Christ-centered Martial Artists, or CMA. In the beginning of this journey, we called it “Christian Martial Arts.” But after Sifu Jeffrey Goodwin Jr.’s amazing Presentation in 2005, we changed the name to “Christ-centered Martial Artists!” Allow me to explain this: Christ-centered was used to be very specific about Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the Son of God, AND the CENTRALITY of CMA; as opposed to just a Christian doing this with Jesus sprinkled over the top. And we no longer called it martial arts, because we are more interested in the person studying, or the martial artist, instead of the many styles of martial arts that exist. CMA is not about styles of martial arts; it is about the artists, the practitioner BE!-ing centered on Jesus Christ! Period!
I also retired from a successful 18 year career of Loss Prevention. I retired as a corporate Loss Prevention Director.
Now, I am blessed to have received the Lord’s call to Ministry. I am an Ordained Nazarene Pastor, presently working as an Associate Pastor at the Together Place Church in Blaine, MN.
It is not my power or strength that produces any success for me, however. Rather, it is the Lord “who gives us the ability to produce wealth.” I boast of Him and nothing else! Long before either of these careers, I fervently sought the Truth! Jesus Christ is the Truth! Thus, I teach & “…preach Christ crucified: Christ the power of God & the wisdom of God.”
Together Place Church
3860 Flowerfield Road
Blaine, MN 55014-3724
North Presbyterian Church
2675 East Highway 36
North St. Paul, MN 55109