Derek has been training at American Karate Studios for over fifteen years. Through diligence and dedication, Derek has thrived as both a competitor and a teacher. Like many his age, he began his training as an alternative to the traditional sports offered in public school systems. As a competitor, Derek’s reputation is staggering; over his competition years, he has earned 32 PKC national titles, 35 Ohio PKC titles, 16 PKRA title, numerous grand championships, and 3 Big Dog titles in 2008, 2014, and 2016 (2 in Self Defense and 1 in Fighting). He has achieved the rank of 4th degree black belt thus far, showing an uncanny ability to master his craft while taking on numerous other activities and excelling in school. An alumni of Youngstown State University. He is currently in his second year of dental school at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, in Cleveland, OH.