Derek began martial arts training at age 7 in Shotokan and has since expanded his repertoire to include historical fencing along with a multitude of other eastern and western weaponry over the past several decades. He has performed in various Renassaice and Pirate Festivals since the mid-90’s and was the Assistant Fight Director of the Ringling Medieval Faire as well a the the Co-Fight Director / main villain of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. He spent time in the United States Marine Corps, then pursued a career in law enforcement. His training includes a myriad of firearms, CQB, and military / police tactics.
Over the last several years, Derek has been working closely with Battlestar Galactica’s own Richard Hatch, and is honored to have trained with the likes of Anthony De Longis, Maestro Paul Macdonald, Robert Chapin and others.