Black Red--- 5th Degree Black Sash
Yuen Kay San-> Sum Nung-> Kwok Wan Ping-> Chun Ming Lee->Alton Miller. Alton Miller was primarily trained by Chun Ming Lee and also received training and guidance from Sum Nung and Kwok Wan Ping making it one of the tightest lineages in Wing Chun.
I am presently a senior black belt studying Yuen Kay San Wing Chun under Sifu Alton Miller who has given me his blessing to open a school and teach.
My martial arts journey started at Sam Houston State University; in Huntsville, TX, when I joined the college Judo club (1993). After graduating from college I briefly studied Mantis and Wing Chun with Sifu Steve Cottrell of Authentic Kung-fu in Fort Worth, TX (1997-99).
After joining the Active Army (1999), I was stationed at Fort Bragg where I briefly studied Wing Chun with Sifu Brian Edwards (1999-2001). I was later stationed at Fort Belvoir, VA where I discovered Canton Wing Chun and Sifu Alton Miller in 2004; life events only allowed for sporadic study until 2007. In 2007 I began train consistently with Sifu Alton Miller (Yuen Kay San->Sum Nung-Kwok Wan Ping-Chun Ming Lee-> Alton Miller) and do so to this day. During this time I also cross-trained in Mixed Martial Arts & other competitive styles to better learn how to apply my Wing Chun against them.
I have overcome many hardships through my practice at Canton Wing Chun under Sifu Miller and am a better person for it. I recently retired from the military and civil service (1992-2015) as a GS-14 and have made studying and applying the Yuen Kay San lineage of Wing Chun my primary focus. I am presently drafting a comprehensive book called "Canton Wing Chun -- An Overview and Guide to the Yuen Kay San Lineage" which is still in working draft form and at 400 pages in length. This book is a cooperative effort with Sifu Alton Miller and some of the senior students at Canton Wing Chun; Fairfax, VA.
I was the 24th person to reach the rank of black belt/sash (December 2014); from Sifu Alton Miller since his studio opened in the 1970s. I was promoted to Black/Red; which equates to/contains 4th through 6th degree black (December 2016). Sifu Miller recently informed me that I would make Red Sash (7th Degree Black) soon (2018); which is the highest ranking in the Yuen Kay San/Canton Wing Chun system; less than 15 people are recognized by Sifu Miller to hold this rank.
In June 2017 I opened a small martial arts studio called "Authentic Wing Chun" and have touched many lives and gained a lot of experience from doing so. I presently have a few students who I recognize at the green and blue belt/sash level.