How it All Started

One day at the Peabody Conservatory, there was an announcement that there was going to be a karate class in the dance department. I decided to attend and was the only one who showed up. The instructor, Dave Rix, told me about how I was going to learn to pull the hearts out of bulls, so I enrolled in his small school. Dave taught the movements that were contained in Ed Parker’s first two books, Kenpo Karate and the Secrets of Chinese Karate. The first thing I learned was the two man set, which was later renamed the Black Belt Set, and I did it religiously.

Two weeks later, Ed Parker appeared at the school and did a demonstration that lasted several hours. After watching him demonstrate and explain his ideas at full speed, I made the life-altering decision to change from wanting to become a professional trumpet player to wanting to do martial arts. The movements I saw fascinated me, and I wanted to be like Ed Parker. That was the beginning of my relationship with Kenpo karate.