Throughout his adult life, he continued to train and develop the art of "Kombat Kempo." He became a well respected Champion in Forms. For the next thirty years, he continued training the youth of Maryland, Virginia and the D.C. area. He worked closely with law enforcement both on the local and federal level. Master Branden had won the respect of many. At the age of 54, he learned he had bone cancer. Telling very few people, he kept this health issue very quiet and did not want people to know. The following year brought great sorrow when his parents were killed in a multiple vehicle accident. Never having married, he turned deeper into his training. Master Branden developed some "one touch" defense techniques still used by special forces today. By the time he was 58, his health was starting to deteriorate and he narrowed his number of direct students down to about 25. In 2004, he was able to achieve his goal of going to China to train. He spent 2 years in China, returning as a 9th. Duan. Master Branden always said,"It is time to go back to tradition.......". He had those that objected to change however, and he decided not to push it at that time. When asked what his greatest wish was, he would always reply, "First, to provide a future for our youth, and second, I want to train in China".