In the Marine Corps, the emphasis on small unit leadership is what he values most. While voluntary, these difficult experiences propelled growth in a short time. When the alternative was likely death since members of the same rank would be required to take charge of the team as soon as the appointed leader becomes a casualty. The willingness to sacrifice life and accept death has provided clarity of mind while making intelligent decisions under pressure and opened his awareness to consciousness while navigating through life.
He identified talent in the martial arts early after starting Tae Kwon Do at six years old but rebelled in school and often got in trouble. He moved to Philadelphia, PA during his middle school years and started wrestling and boxing. He found passion in the arts and design as well as martial arts but struggled with the idea of how it could support himself and disregarded his dreams early on. Instead, he was moved to Seattle, WA and during his sophomore year he made a decision to focus on working rather than his education.
His search for work was inspired by his single mother who struggled during a difficult time to support her children on her own. His first job was at a leading mortgage company in Bellevue, WA where these employers became mentors and teachers of entrepreneurship by watching their operations. After two years of cold calls and sales they promoted him to manager of marketing until he worked independently as a residential and commercial broker at eighteen for one hundred percent commission. He worked as a broker for two more years and it was just after the refinance boom due to the market crash due to Sept. 11, 2001. In addition to developing his professional skills and working alongside banks for various real estate transactions, he learned as much from his clients as a broker where he sometimes spent 80-100 hour weeks to meet demand and learning innovative ways to invest.
But after his honorable discharge he struggled to adjust to civilian life and worked many years to identify past traumas at its root in order to heal which has opened his understanding of spirituality, which is ever so present in his professional efforts and design. He was at his lowest point and darkest time, where he saw the true nature of those closest to him and that he began to appreciate those who stood by him. It’s through the dark he has come into the light and where he was found and introduced to MMA training alongside UFC and Bellator fighters as he continues to evolve his martial arts skills and works his way onto the big stage.