Financial executive Richard Waterfield serves as the co-chairman and chief executive officer of The Waterfield Group, a collection of companies that maintains properties in areas ranging from real estate and investment banking to technology and estate planning. Outside of his professional duties, Richard Waterfield is a black belt in karate and trained under Master Steve Ross.
Currently the owner of West Coast Tang Soo Do Karate Academy (a.k.a. Soo Bahk Do), Master Steve Ross has dedicated much of his life to martial arts. Beginning his studies when he was 11 years old, Master Ross began competing six years later. Although focused on the ancient Korean practice of tang soo do, he also possesses experience in tae kwon do, goju-ryu, judo, and hand-to-hand combat.
Master Steve Ross has received international recognition for his abilities in self-defense. He earned victories in regional, state, and national competitions, as well as first place in the 1986 World Martial Arts Championship. Military personnel, executives, and celebrities such as Jean-Claude Van Damme have utilized his services as a bodyguard and trainer. In 2010, Master Ross was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame.