Born and raised in the luscious emerald landscape of the Pacific Northwest, I have been exposed to a diverse range of people and cultures. I am grateful to have lived in the Kirkland/Redmond area near Seattle where I learned how to become a functional, creative member of society. Growing up it was difficult for me to find friends and fend off bullies mainly because I just didn’t have the right people skills. When I joined a martial arts academy called United Studios of Self Defense, all that changed. From the 7 years I spent learning to discipline and defend myself, I have gained the confidence and other life skills that have made my work ethic, passion, and drive what it is today.