Ever since I can remember, I have been interested in Karate. When I was a young child in the mid 1970’s, my Father took my Brother and me to see all of Bruce Lee’s movies. This only served to peak my curiosity. Unfortunately, I was not able to begin to satisfy this feeling until I turned nineteen.
I began my Karate training in late 1989 with Korean Tae Kwon Do. I achieved the level of 6th GUP – Green belt. Although I did not feel that this was the right direction for my studies, I will never forget the experience.
I finally found a home with Ryukyu Kempo at CEM’s Okinawan Karate Association and Sensei Clay. In June of 1994, I attained the rank of 4th kyu – Purple Belt. Regrettably, I had to cut my training short later that same year.
Over the next few years, I would start and stop my training. Each time, I decided to start over as a white belt. This allowed me to learn the curriculum at a good pace and made me a stronger martial artist. Achieving rank is only part of the training. Although I started at white belt, I quickly rose through the ranks and found myself testing for 1st Dan (1st Degree Black Belt) in August of 2004.
I hold a Black Belt in Ryukyu Kempo and have a background in Small Circle Jiu Jitsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Arnis, Kenjutsu, Aikido, Taekwondo and Fitness.
I cannot even describe the satisfaction that I get from my training. I have never been a particularly aggressive person, nor do I enjoy when a situation escalates to the point of violence. However, I believe that should the occasion arise everyone should know how to protect him or herself. The pressure point system used in Ryukyu Kempo makes it an excellent style for self-defense.
Now that I have finally reached my childhood goal of becoming a Black Belt, I am able to realize an additional dream of passing on what I have learned to an eager audience at the Dojo. It is an extremely satisfying feeling to see the face of a student that just received a clarifying answer to a question. I truly love watching my students develop and grow into great martial artists and even greater people. I feel that everyone here is a part of a big family.
Every form of martial art has something to offer. I like to keep my mind open to all of the different options and this allows me to learn from my students as often as they learn from me. Martial arts training is a way of life that takes a lifetime to master.
There is a spiritual aspect to my training as well as a practical side and I am dedicated to ensuring a well rounded experience for all. That is also why we offer so many different styles under one program. I want my students to feel confident even if they are going against a larger or faster opponent.
Master Ross Lindy, 4th Degree Black Belt (Yondan), Chief Instructor