Michael began karate training at age 8. He trained under many teachers and truly excelled when he met Dr. Mel Wise who became his Sensie (instructor) and whose charisma and leadership inspired Michael to new hights. It consumed him, became a driving passion…an obsession to train all out 7 days a week often spending his nights and weekends sleeping on the Dojo floor just to be able to train more hours. Dr. Wise took Michael black belt level and a USKA Grand National Championship by age 17. During the years Michael competed he was consistently rated in Karate Illustrated Magazine. Michael credits his Dr. Wise for his success today!