Neil holds two black belts; a first degree in Taekwondo which he earned in 1996 under Sensei Michael Byington, and a second degree in Shotokan which he practices today.
His Shotokan degree's were earned under Sensei Scott Langley (5th Dan) of HdKI and Sensei Toru Shimoji (5th Dan), who was originally born in Okinawa and later trained directly under Hidetaka Nishiyama.
Aside from his love of teaching, his passion is to compete. Since 2015, he has won 4 Silver and 2 Gold medals in both kata and kumite at various national karate championships, including most recently at the Windy City Karate Tournament in Chicago in April of 2019.
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