Derek has been a fan of Bruce Lee and kung fu movies his entire life. He started training in martial arts a few years ago; and in 2016, he earned his Certified 2nd Degree Black Belt in Hapkido from the American Institute of Modern Hapkido Instruction. In addition to teaching martial arts, Derek has a BA in Spanish from Midamerica Nazarene University and a Masters in Christian Education from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has worked as a paramedic and flight paramedic for nearly 20 years in Kansas City, New York City, and most recently here in Cass County. Derek enjoys teaching in all areas of his life and is looking forward to working with the next generation of martial artists.