Steven graduated from the University of Louisville in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and a minor in Religious Studies. Although graduating with a degree in Humanities, Steven spent most of his college career studying Education, taking classes focused on teaching children of all ages, from Pre-K to High School. Steven has been placed in schools all over Jefferson county and served a diversity of children from many walks of life.

After graduating college, Steven began working in the Education Department of the Louisville Zoo designing and presenting programming to students from all over Kentucky and Indiana through the School at the Zoo program. Steven also led numerous educational programs at the Zoo including day camps and overnight safaris. For Steven, educating people in martial arts, fitness, and generally healthy lifestyles are the culmination of his training up to this point. His training and experience as an educator set Steven apart from other martial arts instructors in the area. When he is not at the gym, Steven works for a local non-profit organization as a direct support professional and employment day trainer for adults with disabilities.

Steven has been studying the martial arts in some form for as long as he can remember. As a child he studied TaeKwonDo and Shaolin Kempo Karate. At twelve years old, Steven discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He quickly developed a passion for the art. For Steven, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not simply a system of self-defense or competition martial art, but a way of life. He is an active competitor in local and regional grappling, winning gold medals in his division more often than not. A desire to excel in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu pervades almost every aspect of Steven’s life, from his diet to his laundry habits to his attitude, Jiu-Jitsu informs them all in some way!