My personal martial arts background began when I was 8 years old. I had begun TaeKwonDO at Master Cho's school with my older cousin. I nhad always been a shy and timid child and my parents had hoped that martial arts would help me develop self-confidence. I earned my black belt at age 13 and was appointed the rank of "Jokyo Nim" which is an assitant to the "Sabum Nim" or master. I also studied Kumdo, which is a Korean style of swordsmanship. I began Kumdo as a suppliment to my Taekwondo under master Cho at age 11.