Dan started training in Kenpo Karate on June 21, 1985 at the age of nine years old. On February 25, 1989 Dan earned his first degree black belt and became an assistant instructor. On December 14, 1990 Dan earned the rank of second degree black and was the youngest instructor in the history of the studio to be named “Instructor of the Year” for his excellence in teaching children. He received this award annually from 1991-1994 until his instructor told him he would not be awarded it again because it was unfair to the rest of the instructors in the studio.
On March 1, 1994 Dan became the head instructor/manager of the studio where he started his training nine years earlier. During this time Dan learned how to run a successful martial arts studio through many hours of teaching all ages while managing the behind the scenes responsibilities of a martial arts studio. In 2000 Dan was contracted to open a new karate studio and in the eighteen months that he spent there he was pivotal in the growth from an upstart business to one of the most popular and successful martial arts studios on the Main Line.
All of those years of training kids paid off when the Kids of META competed in the 2013 Kenpo Invitational Tournament where they competed and won many of their divisions on their way to winning the overall team championship trophy. It was a proud day for all here at META.
While many instructors grow complacent in the martial arts, Dan has expanded his martial arts knowledge by traveling throughout the United States, Canada, Barbados, Chile, England, Germany, France. and the Philippines, sharing and seeking knowledge from some of the best martial artists in the world.
7th degree black belt Trained with: Frank Trejo, Joe Palanzo, Larry Tatum, Huk Planas, Dennis Nackord, Yosh Furuya, and many more
Kukri blade training
K-Bar Blade Training
Riot Control training
1998 Bando Nationals Kickboxing Champ
Filipino Martial Arts
Tagapagtura rank through the International Philippine Eskrima-Arnis De Mano Confederation
Espada Y Daga
Trained locally with Remy Presas, Leo Gaje, and Tim Waid
Trained in the Philippines in Manila, Boracay and Bacolod City with with Tuhon Gaje and Tuhon Waid, GPB Rogelio Z. Solar, GM J Saceda Jumawan, GM Rodell Dagooc, Laraw Kali Pamuok Ronnie Royce Bace
Taught the Philippine National Police Special Action Force
Taught Visayan Maritime Academy Law Enforcement Cadets