Izzy is from a small town in northern California. Izzy spent his first 4 year out of college teaching in the inner city of Los Angeles. After getting his masters degree in Education he realized that he had lost his passion for education. Izzy made the decision to leave his career behind to follow his desire to study martial arts. He cam to Japan in August of 2009 in hopes of studying Aikido full time. He is now studying Aikido through the Kenshusei program in Kyoto.