Dan started training in Kenpo Karate on June 21, 1985 at the age of nine years old. On February 25, 1989 Dan earned his first degree black belt and became an assistant instructor. On December 14, 1990 Dan earned the rank of second degree black and was the youngest instructor in the history of the studio to be named “Instructor of the Year’ for his excellence in teaching children. He received this award annually from 1991-1994 until his instructor told him he would not be awarded it again because it was unfair to the rest of the instructors in the studio.
On March 1, 1994 Dan became the head instructor/manager of the studio where he started his training nine years earlier. During this time Dan learned how to run a successful martial arts studio through many hours of teaching all ages while managing the behind the scenes responsibilities of a martial arts studio. In 2000 Dan was contracted to open a new karate studio and in the eighteen months that he spent there he was pivotal in the growth from an upstart business to one of the most popular and successful martial arts studios on theMain Line.
While many instructors grow complacent in the martial arts, Dan has expanded his martial arts knowledge by traveling throughout theUnited States,Canada, and thePhilippines, seeking knowledge from some of the best martial artists in the world. Dan has trained with such martial arts greats as Ed Parker, Joe Lewis, Frank Trejo, Maung Gyi, Benny Urquidez, Joe Palanzo, Remy Presas, Larry Tatum, Huk Planas, Leo Gaje, and many more.
7th degree black belt Trained with: Ed Parker, Frank Trejo, Joe Palanzo, Larry Tatum, Huk Planas, Lee Wedlake, Tom Kelly, Dennis Nackord, Jeff Speakman, Mark Lawler, Steve Arsenault, Sean Kelly, Ron Chapel, and many more.
Competed in and won many tournaments from 1985-1998. 1996 Nackord Cup 1st place Men’s Black Belt fighting Worldwide Kenpo Karate Association National Demo Team 1996-2000 Nationally sought after Kenpo instructor Instructor of black belts
Kukri blade training
K-Bar Blade Training
Riot Control training
1998 Bando Nationals Kickboxing Champ
Pekiti Tirsia Kali:
Attended multiple 12 hour training camps with Grand Tuhon Leo Gaje and Tuhon Tim Waid
Trained two weeks in the Philippines with Grand Tuhon Gaje, Tuhon Rommel Tortal, and Tuhon Tim Waid
Taught the Philippine National Police Special Action Force
Taught Visayan Maritime Academy Law Enforcement Cadets
Trained with Remy Presas