I was creatively driven for as long as I can remember, being an avid reader and builder/destroyer/repairer of things. Imaginative as many children are, but never grew out of it, I took every opportunity public schools gave me; to take art classes. When the time came to go to college I was in the same boat as many, I was accepted to the University Of Cincinnati, but if I wanted to go it was up to me to pay for it. So I decided something I would be paying for years down the line, had better be something I enjoy. So Fine Art Sculpture it was with Art Education and some religious studies to round it all out. My reasoning was that I enjoyed taking art classes so I might enjoy teaching them, thus the art education courses. As for Religious Studies, I found that close to 70% of the Art I was studying was at least referencing religion, so that seemed a natural minor.
Martial Arts began when I was young and had anger displacement issues, and the therapist I was sent to suggested an individual contact sport. So at age 8 i was enrolled in Tae Kwon Do. I enjoyed the whole experience more than could be stated in a single webpage, and received the honor of my black belt at age 18. The training continued into Fencing, Muay Thai Boxing, Aikido, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, anything I had the opportunity to to practice really.