Sensei Tim has been involved in martial arts for over 11 years, he holds a 3rd degree Black Belt in Bush Kai Martial Arts under the direction of Shihan David G. Pierce, a 2nd degree Black Belt in Bushi Ban Martial Arts and Fitness under Grandmaster Zulfi Ahmed, a 3rd degree Black Belt from Tora Jutus, and is currently working on a Black Belt in Shotokan (awarding in Sep 2014).
He has been active in the local/regional sport karate tournament circuit for many years and has successfully participated in many adult black belt sparring, grappling, and weapons divisions. Some of the top awards he has earned are:
- 2007 Weapons Tournament Grand Champion
- Numerous wins and places in adult sparring and grappling tournaments
- Wins and places in kata presentation at various tournaments
Tim has been a Certified Black Belt Instructor since 2007; this includes training students from their first belt through earning their black belt and various degrees. Tim has been involvement in numinous school operations in the area, offering advice and counsel. This lead him to the award “Cornerman” of the Year award and Instructor of the Year award on several occasions.
His favorite award to date is one his two children gave him after they earned their black belts. It is titled “The Meanest Dad.” It is awarded for persistence and patience in the education of children. Persistence and patience are the cornerstones in teaching and training children in the world of martial arts.
Tim tries to absorb something new as often as he can. Today he continues his personal development in the martial arts through direct involvement in the education process of both his students and fellow instructors, as well as continued collaboration with a variety of various martial arts groups. He also continues to participate in seminars and workshops as often as possible.
“I teach today mainly out of the pure love I have for the arts, as well as the joy and satisfaction I receive from the students I work with. I plan to continue teaching the martial arts as long as there are students interested in learning.”