Sensei Andrew Heckmaster began his studies in the martial art at age twelve. After Experimenting in styles such as Kuk Sool Won, Judo and others, he started his formal study of Kempo & Goju Karate at the age of twenty while concurrently studying Kobayashi-Ryu.
At twenty-two, the year he received his black belt, Sensei Heckmaster's good friend Michael Kean started studying a different martial art. His style was Tai Chi. Sensei Heckmaster saw the positive effects of Tai Chi and began applying them to his training. The complementary soft style worked with his harder karate.
At twenty-three, Sensei Heckmaster added Kobudo to his arsenal. The additional weapons training, and the soft movements have made Sensei Heckmaster a more well-rounded martial artist.
Today, Sensei Heckmaster's style of Saru-Kai Goju-Ryu Karate-Do is based on the fundamentals and 12-kata curriculum of Okinawan Goju-Ryu as taught by Mr. Howard in the lineage of Okinawan Goju-Ryu in the Morio Higaonna lineage. Some changes have been made to the Sanchin and Tensho kata out of respect for his teacher, Erron Wright Sr. (10th Dan).
Exercises and stretches have also been added to the Saru-Kai training program that include soft Tai Chi movements as well as Qigong and Yoga to keep students flexible and healthy.