I’ve fought in kickboxing & Muay Thai rings. I’ve played rugby. I’ve run marathons. I’ve cycled to work or school every week, every year for a decade. I’ve played 2nd, short stop, & 3rd base. I’m an athlete. And I’m a competitor. But in the end, I think I’ve always just been trying to help.
I started fighting to help fill a card at my gym. I started coaching a touch rugby team to help rebuild the group after the coach had left. I ran marathons to help strengthen relationships with friends. I commute by bike to help the environment. And when I began to feel that teaching English wasn’t really helping as much as I’d hoped, the question was: What can I do next to help more?
After considering a few different options, I decided on medicine. And there was a form of medicine that had (& has) continued to greatly help me stay active & follow my passion: acupuncture!
That’s how Jackupuncture was born & why sports acupuncture is my focus.
I understand how hard it is to train or work when you’re sore, injured or too exhausted (maybe because of workouts during your lunch break, like me). I have had to fight through the pain, & I understand how unproductive or dangerous that can be. This medicine is the reason I have been able to go so hard for so long in all these different sports. And I have only continued to feel better, healthier, & more capable as I age, thanks to acupuncture & Chinese medicine.
My passion for remaining extremely healthy & competitive continues to drive me. This passion is why I strive to hone the techniques most capable of getting you the best results—because I want us both to be as successful, safe, & pain-free as possible. I continue to improve upon the techniques that have worked best for me because I know my demands are high & I want to be able to provide you with superior results.
I am truly passionate about my work & love helping you succeed in every physical goal—whether that’s a competition, a world championship, or returning to work at 100%. I look forward to helping you.
You’re always welcome at Jackupuncture.
I wasn’t the only teacher in my family. My great uncle was a professor at Cal Poly. His mother, my great grandmother, was my Sunday school teacher. And her daughter, my 90 year-old grandmother, recently retired from her public school classroom.
I picked up kickboxing in Japan because it was the only gym that would accept me. Even my friend, who was a professional boxer & the manager of a local sports club, denied me membership when he learned I had tattoos.
It’s important to me that every person I serve feels cared for. I work hard to help you feel increasingly better during & after every treatment. And I strive to make sure you can be healthier, longer because I care.
Ucsc to hiroshima, japan
After graduating with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Jack was accepted into the JET program as an English teacher for Hiroshima prefecture. For the next 11 years, Jack would live in Hiroshima, Japan. These years introduced Jack to rice farming, the koto, okonomiyaki, and a busy schedule of competitive athletics, especially kickboxing.
TEACHER TO KICKBOXER
When tattoos prevented him from becoming a member of the local fitness gyms, Jack was taken in by the fighters & owner of Studio-K. While training & competing in kickboxing at Studio-K, Jack took up running, cycling, and touch rugby. As might be expected, this active lifestyle led to the inevitable injury.
INTRODUCTION TO ACUPUNCTURE
Juggling multiple sports while training for the Tokyo Marathon culminated in the knee injury that led to Jack’s very first acupuncture treatment. Within two weeks, acupuncture and Japanese herbal medicine made it possible for Jack to not only restart training, but to also finish the marathon in a respectable time. With that, Jack made acupuncture a regular part of his health maintenance.
Thanks to acupuncture & herbal medicine, Jack was able to continue his daily 7.5-mile commute to work by bike while also continuing to successfully compete for 7 years in many other runs, fights, & touch rugby tournaments simultaneously. These 7 years saw Jack develop a deeper understanding & study of performance enhancement, injury reduction, & Chinese medicine, including Qi Gong, meditation, & acupuncture. During this time, unfortunately, many of his teammates and competitors had to sit out due to sickness or injury. Jack, however, was never again prevented from competing due to either.
FROM “WIDE ISLAND” TO “GATHERING PLACE”
After over a decade of teaching, Jack wanted to further study his interest while more deeply impacting his community & helping those around him. A traditional Taoist school of Chinese medicine with a rich history in Qi Gong brought Jack to Oahu, where he enjoys a culture & community pleasantly similar to Hiroshima’s.