I just joined this site (long time member of another site which is getting a bit boring...lol. Just a bit of my MA background. I started training in Okinawan Shorin Ryu Matsumura Seito Karate and Kobudo from Sensei Denny Miller in Havre, MT in January 1975 after a stint in the Army. I received my Shodan in June 1978 from Master Kuda Yuichi of Okinawa then shortly afterwards moved to a small farm town to teach my first year of school (Jr High). After 1 year (it was horrible) I moved back to Havre and found other employment. Shortly afterwards, Sensei Miller moved to Minnesota and the senior student, 2nd Dan Pat Wright, declined to take over the class, so I and another shodan did. YADDA YADDA YADDA...a long story shortened, I received my 2nd and 3rd Dans from Sensei Greg Ohl of Minnesota, and my 4th Dan from Sensei Larry Mason in 2004. Shortly afterwards I was forced to "retire" from the arts do to a chronic, non matial arts related back injury and arthritis in both knees. I haven't run my own class since then, but continue to practice some kata and basics when I feel the "need". I was a very active tournament (all styles) judge and referee from 1980-2004 for sparring and kata (both empty hand and weapons). I m currently 63 years old, married to my 2nd wife, have 2 grown sons, 2 black labs and a German Sheperd, 4 horses, 2 cats and a bunch of fish.