Eric Belker
Eric spent much time in Colorado, California, and Oregon while growing up.  Upon graduation from High School, Eric enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. Eric was stationed in Alexandria, VA in the Presidential Honor Guard where he met and married his wife Ginger. Together they first went to Key West, FL for Eric’s first boat assignment where he was engaged in drug enforcement and search and rescue.  He then completed Aviation Schooling in North Carolina and was then stationed in the San Francisco Bay area where Eric finished his enlistment in the Coast Guard in Air Sea Rescue and was honorably discharged. While in California, Eric and Ginger had two beautiful daughters, Ashley and Brittany. Eric began his law enforcement career with the California Highway Patrol immediately after his discharge. He graduated from Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento and was assigned to Oakland California. Eric was a first responder to the Loma Prieta earthquake on October 17, 1989. After several years with the California Highway Patrol, Eric laterally transferred to the Oakland Police Department as a Police Officer. During his time in Oakland he was able to train with many talented martial artists and boxers and began training at Wolf’s Kajukenbo Karate school in El Sobrante, CA. He was able to continue his training in weaponless defense, firearms and was selected for Oakland Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics squad. Eric has since retired from the Oakland Police Department. Eric had the opportunity to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia and competed and trained with many Russian fighters. In Eric earned his blackbelt in 1995, and in 2013 was promoted to Chief by Great Grand Master Wolf Hillesheim. The Belker family established Frenchtown Fitness Center and Viking Martial Arts in 1999. Since then, Eric has promoted 13 black belts over the years, including Ginger, Ashley, and Brittany Belker. Eric has completed in triathlons and duathlons for over 26 years. By 2013, Eric has competed in 9 Ironman Distance events.  The most recent Ironman being his most meaningful as he teamed up with Joe Stone in an attempt to support Joe in becoming the first quadriplegic to finish an Ironman.  Follow Joe’s journey at www.ironmansjourney.com   
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Jack London’s “Credo” I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out     in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom     of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
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