Derek has been training at American Karate Studios for 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 the past seven years, he has earned 29 PKC national titles, 29 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 3rd degree black belt thus far, showing an uncanny ability to master his craft while taking on numerous other activities and excelling in school. He currently is a 4th year biology student at Youngstown State University, and plans on attending dental school in the future.