Joined Aug 5 2011
Dragons Lair Martial Arts Club
My name is Mickey.
I began my training in 1965 under the banner of Thomas Connors Traco Int. I was promoted to 4th Degree Senior instructor in 2011 by the International Kenpo Karate Academies. I know, big gap. It’s a long story that I Would love to share anytime. Just email, call, or even friend me. anyway, after Spending many years sampling other martial arts flavors. I have returned to my Roots. And have discovered that my true love is American Kenpo. In 1976 I was recognized as Si-Jo of the Yuan-Tien-Hseuh system of Self-defense by Master Charles A. Dixon of the international Shinjimasu Black Belt Association. (Master Dixon and I worked together for a time in the mid 70's.) It is a system with it's roots in Kenpo and Wing-Chun. The focus is on speed, evading, trapping, and continuous counter attack. After spending over 37 years as an instructor I enjoy teaching smaller classes with a more personal feel these days. With that goal in mind. I have founded the Dragons Lair Martial Arts Club, not a large franchise. but an old fashioned “martial arts Club”, where members can come and practice, learn. and make the art a part of who they are, not just something they do.
I love being an instructor and I feel that teaching is at the very core of who I am. there is a special relationship that develops between martial artist's who work closely, we learn each others weaknesses as well as our Strengths. We learn from each of these the qualities of Humility, honor, compassion, trust and loyalty.
May we always be reminded that rank does not confer power,
Nor does it give privilege. Rather, it imposes responsibility.