I will be leaving and making the move back to live in Japan on the 23rd of this month. At this point, it will be for a number of years (or until they kick me out on my white hairy butt).
Leaving my good friends and students, some who have been with me for over 8 years, is of course the hardest part of my decision as they are like family to me.
Vince Perry (Pacific United Mixed Martial Arts) will be completely taking over operations at the SHINDO gym and if it was not for him coming on board I would not be leaving as I have complete faith in his abilities as a professional coach and as a great friend who will look after all my students and continue to guide them on their journey.
I have a great crew at the gym and this includes many who have no aspirations of fighting but for many years come day in and day out just to train and enjoy themselves.
the Junior crew will be headed by JJ and are in good hands.
Spartan will continue to forge a head under the guidence of Dave McDonald but I will still be active in all matchmaking and will be flying back to help operate each Spartan event.
Of course, I will still be a presence on the forum and wish all who have supported Spartan (hell, ...even those who don't give a toss) a great Festive Season and a Awesome 2005!