Amy grew up in Goleta and Santa Barbara and moved to Carpinteria 10 years ago with her husband John. They have three children, Elijah, Aidan, and Gabrielle. Her interest in the martial arts began when she was watching her boys taking karate lessons. Seeing them learn about the history of the martial arts along with learning discipline, respect, confidence and the ability to protect themselves while having fun was amazing. Finding karate a physical art that was both challenging and dynamic, Amy started taking lessons to get back into shape.
Her passion for the martial arts began, and at purple belt, Amy began volunteering to teach. After attending a USSD-sponsored trip to China she was hooked and knew that she would one day become an instructor and own her own dojo. Through a series of events Amy, along with her training partner Matt Chung, acquired the USSD dojo in Carpinteria.
“The partnership Matt and I have is amazing. Both of us bring to the table a strong passion for the martial arts and the desire to share this with our community. We saw a need in our community and together with the support of our family and the families of USSD we kept the Carp dojo alive,” says Amy.
Amy continues her training under Sensei Stephen Crump (2nd degree black belt) and Hanshi Larry Boritz (7th degree black belt). When not running the dojo, Amy works at a local community bank in Human Resources, plays soccer, and spends time at home with her family.