I began my Martial Arts training in 1985, at a branch of a school known as “The Shaolin Martial Arts Centre” I remained there off and on for about 3 years.
In 1989 I joined the Cape Town branch of the then “The British Taijiquan and Shaolin Wushu Association” that later became known as “The International Taijiquan and Shaolin Wushu Association” or I.T.S.W.A.
The styles of Martial Arts taught by the Association are Wing Chun, 7 Star Mantis Kung Fu and Yang Style Taijiquan. From 1989 to Dec 2002 I trained in all 3 systems. In 2004 I dropped the Kung Fu and focused exclusively on Taijiquan.
In 1990, my teacher , Sifu L Reed, offered me the opportunity to do instructors training with a view to me teaching at a future time. This involved private lessons as well as extra training above and beyond the normal training times and classes.
I qualified as a junior instructor in 1995, and assisted my teacher with teaching of new and beginner level students. I held this title and rank and remained under the tutelage of Sifu L Reed until shortly before his passing in 2003. I continue to train under the head of I.T.S.W.A, Sifu Derek Frearson, who travelled, (and continues to) to South Africa on almost a yearly basis. I received my full instructor (Sifu ) title in 2004, and have been teaching professionally ever since. In 1995 I was invited by Sifu Marco Kavalieratos to teach Taijiquan at the Cape Town branch of “The Chinese Martial Arts and Health Centre” I have also studied under Master Chen and Si fu Marco adding the Chang Hong Tai chi system to my knowledge base.
In 2007 I was honoured by being asked to head up the Taijiquan nationally for all the branches, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.