Yodan 4th Degree Black Belt
the martial arts developed early for Steve when his parents
suggested he study karate.
His training, begun in 1997, with master instructor Joe
Talbot at Tracys’s Karate, built confidence and also a
curiosity about the culture that inspired martial arts.
In 2004, Steve
traveled to China and there he studied with the formerly
ranked seventh highest Wu Shu martial artist.
teaching at Tracy’s on 2006, and his exposure to other
styles, such as Tai Chi, Judo, and Wu Shu Shoalin, incorporated
with his knowledge of Kenpo, make him an accomplished
teacher of the mixed martial arts. At Tracy’s in Kirkwood,
Steve is devoted to instruction.
Steve has also been awarded the prestigious checkered gi worn only by the top Tracy fighters.
approximately 30 private lesson students each week, and
his superior knowledge and skill with nun-chucks is available
for those whose interests lie in karate weapons training.
to karate and teaching, Steve is an avid bicyclist/motorcyclist
and reader – he describes himself as “an interesting mix
of nerd and adventurer.” In 2006 he and his brother James
traveled 5000 miles across the US on their motorcycles
They made a
documentary of their adventures, titled “The Road Less
Traveled”, and they invite you to check out The Road Less
Traveled Movie website.
many goals for his future. He plans to become a 5th Degree
and to have his own Tracy’s Karate studio.
While he works
toward those goals, his focus is always on his students:
“…to have all my students walk out of here happy and self-confident
– I want to get them fired up! I want to develop students
who get so good they surpass me in every way.”