Brian began training in martial arts in 2004 while completing his Bachelor’s degree at Indiana University. Starting in Hapkido, he explored a variety of different styles including Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Taekwondo, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, and Fencing. He served as the Treasurer for the Indiana University Hapkido/Self-Defense Club from 2006-2007, then was elected President from 2007-2009. While in this leadership role, he earned his first black belt in Hapkido in 2007 and began teaching, both for the Hapkido Club and as an adjunct faculty member at the IU School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.
Since that time Brian has continued training whatever martial arts styles he has been able to get access to, as well as teaching Hapkido, Taekwondo, Self-Defense, and T’ai Chi Ch’uan to over 600 students at IU. In 2013, he completed a Master’s in Recreational Sport Administration, focusing on the benefits of recreational and collegiate martial arts training. In that time he was also promoted to 3rd degree black belt in Hapkido, 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo, and was awarded instructor certification in Jeet Kune Do and Escrima through Martial Concepts.
Brian is thrilled to have the opportunity to share his knowledge and experiences with the Indiana State University student body, as well as continuing to teach for Indiana University in Bloomington. He looks forward to doing further research concerning the effects of training martial arts on college aged students and exploring different teaching methods to optimize these effects.