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Arizona Hombu Dojo

School of Traditional Okinawan Karate, Kobudo, Self-Defense & Samurai Arts


About 1989 to 1990, I was not only teaching karate, kobudo, jujutsu, and samurai arts at the University of Wyoming in the Physical Education, Kinesiology, Extended Studies and Club Sports Departments; but, I was also employed as a research geologist at the Wyoming Geological Survey and periodically took leave of absence to work as a consulting geologist for various mining companies around the world. In 1988 and 1989, six other geologists and myself discovered a giant gold deposit in Alaska. The company contracted with one of draftsmen at the Wyoming Geological Survey to produce professional quality maps of my work at Donlin Creek, and the same person was also working and completing my maps of the South Pass greenstone belt which was published in 1991.

One day, this draftswoman mentioned to me while she was working on my maps that I would be a great artist. I laughed and told her that I couldn't even sketch a stick figure. Fiddy disagreed and said all I needed to do was to focus (there's that KARATE word and philosophy again) and sketch small areas in detail just like my geological maps. Hmm, that comment actually made sense and opened a whole new world for me. So, I tried sketching and was pleasantly surprised by this hidden gift given to me by God. So, I did my first sketch in 1989 or 1990. Without that one comment, I likely would never have found that my pencil and I could be great friends. So, I sketched things that had different perspectives and I sketching castles, dragons, dinos, geologists, prospectors, martial artists, and more.