I'm a former Special Education teacher and have been teaching Martial Arts since 1994. After 7 years of teaching and working closely with special needs children ages 11- 18, I developed this Martial Arts program utilizing some of the most forward thinking in Physical and Occupational Therapy.
I began studying the Myanmar art of Hanthawaddy Bando in 1980 at the age of eight. I currently hold a 6th level black belt with the ITBA, the EWMAA, the 1WMAF, and am a 4 time National Champion of the American Bando Association.
For many years, I have traveled the world doing two things:
Sharing my knowledge of the Myanmar Fighting Arts,
teaching other instructors how to create inclusive programs. The non-profit One World Martial Arts Federation (a 501 (c) 3 org) was created to facilitate that mission.
I am intimately aware of the need for - and the power of - positive outlets and mentoring for the social, emotional and physical growth of individuals. This especially extends to those with special needs.
I founded this online Academy with the express goal of both sharing the Myanmar fighting arts at the highest level, and bringing the benefits of Martial Arts training to all. These programs utilize the Theories, Principles, and Philosophies of Thaing/Bando as the base of a true Academy style of Martial Arts instruction. This school also utilizes the most modern and contemporary educational concepts developed for working with students of varied abilities.