Being a product of bullying, growing up in the streets of hoboken and surrounding areas, in 1986 at the age of 8 my parents decided to put me in martial arts. I started my training with Former Marine, Police Officer, and Fith Degree Black Belt Antonio Rentas in Hoboken P.A.L. Martial Arts Academy, Style Zujitsu-Ryu. The system he taught was a combination of Jiu jitsu and GoJu "Hard & Soft" Karate, based strongly around self defense, with a "Whatever Works" mentality. While training with Sensei Antonio Rentas I learned a great many things, but the most important thing I learned, was the idea that all forms of combat and movement come from within. With that thought, started an over 20 year quest to find where i belong in the world of combat survival. During and after training with Sensei Rantas up to the age of 22, I have trained in many different forms of combat from many different backgrounds. Other styles and systems I trained in are listed below,
- Shorin-ryu Karate
- GoJu-ryu Karate
- Isshin-ryu Karate
- Ying Jow Pai / Eagle Claw Kung fu
- Bakbakan - Kali ilustrisimo
At the age of 22, in the end of December of 1999, I joined the Marine Corps. While serving as a Corporal I became a Green Belt Marine Martial Arts Instructor in November 29 of 2001, it became my secondary MOS. In 18 June of 2002, I was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal while serving as a Martial Arts Instructor, headquarters and services company, 1st tank battalion, 1st marine division (rein) from 1 March 2002 to 31 May 2002, for spending countless hours while providing martial arts instruction and testing to help train over two hundred marines and my ability to accomplish my daily tasks while certifying marines in the new martial arts program that was crucial for the company to reach its goal at the time. Other awarded ranks and MOS job descriptions below,
- Brown Belt Martial Arts Instructor in 22 March 2002.
- Black Belt Martial Arts Instructor in 30 September 2002 at the rank of Corporal/USMC.
- Motor Transport Operator / 3531 Primary MOS.
- Hazardous Waste Handler / Motor Pool Assistant Safety NCO.
- Light Section NCO.
- Motor Transport Maintenance Parts Handler and Supply Rep.
- Platoon Sergeant / MWSS-172 Motor T Platoon, Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan.
After serving as Patoon Sergeant of MWSS-172 Motor Transport Platoon, in the end of December of 2003, I was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. Being satisfied with my martial arts training while continually learning from others as the years go by. Research, self improvement and combining all that I have learned is a never ending humbling goal.
To me Martial arts is; Spirit, Soul, Feeling or Inclination - It is the life force or fire that has the power to unite or separate and the energy to destroy or illuminate; Torso or Trunk (The Body) - It is the vessel of experience; Core, Heart or Center - It is the will to go beyond all understanding.
Favorite quote; We are not that strength which in old days moved Heaven and Earth; that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Between 2003 and 2008 I worked in a variety of security jobs ranging from club security, community patrol and warehouse surveillance. Job descriptions are listed below.
- Crowd Control
- Door / ID Check
- Private Community Patrol
- Radar / Speed Monitoring
- Report All Incidents, Accidents and Emergencies
- Respond To Emergencies, Alarms And All Calls Within The Confines Of The Community And Warehouse
- Monitor Warehouse Surveillance
- Warehouse Safety
- Personnel Check And Scans