Much of my early childhood is a blurr and many of my memories are from photographs my parents kept in an old shoe box in the attic. Growing up in a family with five siblings was difficult at times, but turned out to be one of the greatest blessings in my life. My father Jack was a union electrician his entire adult life and a U.S. Marine during WW2. Although he was tough, he had an unwavering depth of pride and integrity, and he was a good provider. My mother Patricia was the smartest, kindest, and strongest woman I've ever known. She was the glue that kept our family together. My wife Yvonne has many of the same traits as my mother and that's probably why I married her. The main turning point in my life was at the age of fourteen when I began training in the martial arts with, Master Mike Wollmershauser, and I still teach and train today. I owe so much to Mike and I miss him since he passed away in 2002. After joining the U.S. Army, I was stationed in Korea as part of the 2nd Infantry Division. During this time, I was conducting patrols in the DMZ and training to try out for the U.S. Army Tae Kwon Do team to fight full contact against the ROK Army team. Although over 100 soldiers tried out for the team, I was selected as one of 10 to compete in front of the General's of both armies. I won my match and earned a black belt while in country. After getting out of the military, I continued to compete around the country in martlal arts tournaments and was rated the number one light heavyweight fighter in New Engalnd by Karate Illustrated Magazine. After retiring from competition, I owned and operated several schools over the next two decades. During this time, I earned several black belts in many different styles including: Hap Ki Do, Tae Kwon Do, Tang So Do, Kung Fu, Judo and Mixed Martial Arts. In 1994 I developed my own style of martial art called, Tao Senti. Over the years, I have promoted one student to master and several to back belt, including my younger brother Anthony. In 1986 I became a metropolitan police officer, and shortly thereafter, I finished my masters degree in criminology. I was part of the gang unit for 6 years and after nearly 12 years as a police officer, I moved on and began a career in Information Technology, where I worked my way up to become the Solutions Resource Director for the east coast. I began writing my first book in the fall of 2001, and now nearly 10 years later, I have completed my fourth novel. I'm in the process of outlining my fifth novel which I will begin to pen in the fall of 2011. I am currently living in Connecticut with my wife, Yvonne, and three children, Ryan, Taylor and Sarah.