I get to talk about some things that are involved in the PhD life and my work/life balance . . . some who have read the page will probably tell you that it gives you some insight into how I approach life.
I’m continually surprised to find that students really enjoy that this page is available.
So — Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!
My Personal Mission Statement
My mission is to balance the goals of my personal and professional life while continually gaining new knowledge. This effort to balance my goals should not dilute the quality of my goals, but should enhance the quality of life for my family, co-workers, friends, and students.
My Kids and Family
I enjoy my work, but I work so that I can have a quality life with my family. I’ve been happily married to my wife Denise since 1993. We have two sons Jared and Tristan. I can’t help but bring stories of my family into the classroom.
As a university faculty member, I have the opportunity to consult with local, national and international organizations. These opportunities allow me the chance to assist organizations, update my consulting experiences, observe models of practice, collect research data, and develop new theories.
Hobbies – Mind/Body Balance
Photography (Too little)
I started my road to triathlon in 2016 by joining a local Endurance Racing Club (KMF). This is now my 20 hour a week habit. I’ve had the opportunity to complete two full ironman races (Arizona 2017, Florida 2018) and a multitude of other distances.
Additionally, I serve as the faculty advisor for the UNT Triathlon Club.
In 2018, I’m began an exploration of Ultra distance racing. This started as a way to improve my running ability and has grown to an essential part of my life balance.
In December of 2019, I finished my first 100 mile ultramarathon…more challenges to come.
Retired, but had fun during the six years that it lasted (40 – 46). I miss my sport but had to leave competition left due to irreconcilable shoulder injuries.
Joe Jimenez coached me as a time four national runner-ups in the USA Boxing Ringside Tournament (@178#).
I have a unique opportunity to donate my time to my hobby. I spend time during the year helping teach citizens, officers, and military personnel how to defend themselves in a hostile world.
I have been involved with formal martial arts training since 1990. This has been my way of blowing off steam and getting my exercise. In retrospect my informal training began many years before…
I started formal martial arts training while beginning my doctoral work at Penn State. To provide you a brief description, my original area of interest was Filipino Arnis (e.g., Inosanto style, Presas style). The Filipino martial arts are also know as Kali, Arnis, or Eskrima. It is an martial art that originates in the Philippines and the Pacific Islands as an indigenous martial art used to defend their homelands.
Additionally, I have studied Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu.Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu is a Japanese martial art that utilizes an opponent’s energy (Aiki) to manipulate their demise. I also study Tomiki Ryu Aikido. This is a very “soft-style” of martial arts with the main goal of stopping an attack while providing for the welfare of the attacker. This art is typically referred to as the way of harmony.
- It’s much too easy to leave out all of the friends and teachers that I have studied with, however I would like to at least mention my first teacher, Sifu Bill Gebhardt (deceased). I studied full-time with Sifu Gebhardt for 3 years while working on my doctorate at Penn State. No rank was achieved while working with Sifu — rank wasn’t a part of his school at that time – only experience. While studying at his school, I had the opportunity to study Inosanto/Illustrisimo Kali, Jeet Kune Do, Thai Boxing, and Shoot wrestling in-depth. Additionally I had the opportunity to explore or briefly study in the following arts: Silat, Tae Kwon Do, and Shotokan Karate.
- First, and foremost, I’m always a teacher. Therefore, I help teach seminars around the country.
These are details that people ask about after reading the above . . . so I put them in here:
- I am honored to hold an eighth degree black belt in Archipelago Combatives under Guro W. Hock Hochheim. I also hold the title of Vice-President of the Scientific Fighting Congress Archipelago Combative system. (USA, Philippines)
- I am honored to hold a fifth degree black belt in Scientific Fighting Congress Hand-to-Hand Combative system.
- I hold a second degree black belt in Kombatan (formerly Arnis De Mano). Grandmaster Ernesto Presas thru W. Hock Hochheim (Philippines)
- I hold a second degree black belt in Modern Arnis.
Grandmaster Remy Presas (deceased) thru W. Hock Hochheim (Philippines)
- I also hold a first degree black belt in Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu. Professor Joe Lansdale (USA, Japan).
- I hold a masters ranking in the Knife/Counter Knife system. W. Hock Hochheim (USA)
- Additionally, I hold a master ranking in the SDMS Combatives system. This is a single-handed and double-handed tactical impact weapon system. W. Hock Hochheim (USA)
- I hold a 3rd degree brown belt in Aikido. Sensei Jack Bieler (USA, Japan).