Cat first started martial arts in the summer of 2000. She first trained for several months in iaido (Japanese sword, Muso Shinden Ryu style) with Shihan Nicole Cardiello. She continued training under Shihan Nicole for several years. Iaido is a system which does not grant belt rank.
Shortly after starting iaido, Cat began to also study at World Karate Academy under the instruction of Shihan Chris Lohwasser (6th Dan recognized by The American Federation of Martial Arts and Hanshi Jerry Mercardo) in the mixed martial arts style known as American Concepts of Martial Arts. Shihan Chris teaches back in Center Moriches, NY where Cat grew up. His training came from Shidoshi Ed Gross's Kempo Tae Kwon Do style, but all of the forms done there are the Japanese traditional shotokan forms.
During this time, Cat performed on the demo team and competed regularly in tournaments with World Karate Academy. In her 3 years of high school competing she earned a total of 33 trophies in sparring, weapons, kata, and self defense.
In 2003, Cat moved to NW Indiana for college, where she taught karate lessons to students of Valparaiso University as part of the intramural program. In December of 2004 she tested and received her 1st degree black belt in karate from World Karate Academy back in New York.
After graduating college, Cat joined Tiger Martial Arts in Chesterton, IN under the instruction of Master Deborah Grimaldi (7th dan Kyusho Jitsu, 6th dan Tae Kwon Do, 4th dan Hapkido) in October of 2007. There she began to study both Tae Kwon Do and Small Circle Jujitsu. In May of 2009 she received her 1st degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She reached the rank of purple belt in Small Circle Jujitsu during her time there as well.
In July of 2010 Cat moved to California. In February of 2011 she enrolled at Bill Grossman's School of Kenpo Karate under 9th degree Master Professor Bill Grossman and his wife 8th degree Professor Pati Grossman. Master Professor also taught Iaido (Muso Shinden Ryu) which Cat happily began studying again. During this time, Cat was often at the dojo at least 5 days a week practicing, teaching classes, teaching private lessons and taking private lessons directly from Master Professor. Cat attended numerous tournaments during this time to judge and compete in the Gold Cup Circuit, CKC and NBL tournaments. She also helped choreograph and perform in the demo team.
Cat moved to Austin in early 2016 and began training at Austin Kenpo Karate under Sifu Jeff Schroeder. In September of 2016 she received her yellow belt in American Kenpo. In the summer of 2017, Cat began splitting her time between Austin Kenpo Karate and teaching her own classes at space she rented out. By the summer of 2018, Cat decided to commit her training full time just to teaching Immortal Tiger Kenpo Karate. In addition to teaching Kenpo full time, Cat has also continued her Iaido training at Austin Komei Jyuku under Sensei Brandon Burkett (Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu) since 2016.
Cat still flies back to California a couple times a year to brush up her CA Kenpo skills at Bill Grossman's Kenpo Karate and test when able.