The first person I want to Acknowledge is my Lord, Jesus Christ. Without Him I would have
no purpose in life, nor would I even possess the abundant life I have. My God has caused me
to be "... a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that
[I] should show forth the praises of him who hath called [me] out of darkness into his marvelous
light:" (1 Pet. 2:9) read my testimony
Dale Akio Shigenaga, my kung fu teacher's teacher. He is the very model of discipline, the very standard by which we all judge ourselves. I could not hope to have a better source of inspiration to train. I am very grateful for him and all he has continually given to us all. Xie Xie Ni.
There are only a few men in my life I esteem high enough to go to for advice. My kung fu teacher, Mark Kimzey, is one of them. His patience and humility were and are a model to me all the way through college and until this very day. His teaching ability of the highest caliber, and I know I would be far more deficient than I am if not for his assistance. Xie Xie Ni!
I honestly feel that I would not be where I am today without the constant and unconditional support and encouragement of my wife. She had no idea what she was marrying into when she married me, but she has whole heartedly embraced the role of being the teacher's wife, the shimu.