Interest in 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 Tracy’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.
Steve began 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.
He teaches 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.
In addition 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 off road.
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.
Steve has many goals for his future. He plans to become a 5th Degree Master Instructor and to have his own Tracy’s Karate studio. He is also a stand-up comedian.
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.”