World Lineage Category

   World Pugilist Hall of Fame 

#1 Sifu Greg Ringness


Sifu Greg Ringness is a Second Generation Kenpo Black Belt, where today the generational gap is somewhere between 8 to 10 degrees behind the true flame. Sifu Greg is also a first Generation under Sifu Keith See who studied under the Great Kenpo Masters: William Chow, Adriano Emperado and Ed Parker of Hawaii.

American Kenpo is a martial arts system characterized by the use of quick moves in rapid-fire succession intended to overwhelm an opponent. It is derived from traditional Southern Chinese kung fu and other martial arts found in the cultural melting pot of Hawaii.

#2 Maitre Roger Lafond


Professeur Roger Lafond is The living Legend of Savate. With Savate entwined in his family since the time of Casseux. He learned from both his Father Eugene Lafond II and Grand Father Eugene Lafond I who was a student of Micheal Casseux, Hubert Lecour as well as Hubert Lebroucher.

Is the Creator of Panache. Creating it after the myth of how a Savatier with panache could not be cut with a knife or struck down with a bullet. He still teaches privately student that have become Professeurs of both Canne and Boxe Francaise. Teaching the last discipline of Panache. His Students include : His son Jean Lafond Maurice Sarry, Christian Guillaume, Jean-Paul Viviani, Paul-Raymond Buitron III and André Germe

#3 Guru Bob Vanatta



Silat Bledek is an American martial art based largely on the Indonesian Martial Arts of Pentjak Silat Serak and Pukulan Pentjak Silat Tongkat. Several years ago Guru Bob Vanatta the senior most instructor under Maha Guru Victor deThouars, was encouraged by his instructor to create a method for teaching the Indonesian arts to Americans. Silat Bledek is the result of that effort. The title Silat (martial art) Bledek (thunder) was given to the art by my instructor Maha Guru Victor deThouars and pays respect to its Indonesian roots.


#4 Guro Ron Saturno


Guro Ron Saturno is a serious, detailed, instructor who has a powerful Technical Base. Guro Ron is number 6 of the 11 Guros that Master Cabalas produced himself.

He comes form the training of the Serrada Escrima System. Serrada means close or to close in. The term Serrada, was used by Grandmaster Angel Cabales its founder, to differentiate his style of Escrima from the other Filipino Martial Art styles at that time, back in 1968.


#5 Grand Master Alii Don Nahoolewa

Senior Grandmaster Alii Don Nahoolewa is a native of Hawaii and grew up on the rugged back-streets of Honolulu. Although he trained with Sijo Adriano Emperado his principal instructor was the legendary great grandmaster Aleju Reyes beginning in 1959 while stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California. SGM Nahoolewa was the first Black Belt promoted by Mr. Reyes and he is the originator of the American Kempo Association, an umbrella organization for all Kenpo karate schools. He is the founder and chairman of the board for the American Kajukembo Association (AKA), which boasts thousands of members who are striving to standardize and unify the Art.

SGM Nahoolewa is known to be about as tough as a man can be but with a heart of gold. During his days in the Military he was also stationed for several years in Albuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base. There he began teaching Kajukenbo to military personnel, except for one notable civilian in grandmaster Sam Allred. The AKA closely follows the original Kempo Karate as taught by Sijo Emperado to Great grandmaster Aleju Reyes and finally Senior Grandmaster Alii Don Nahoolewa.

#6 Master Richard “Huk” Planas


 Mr. Planas began his Kenpo training in Fresno, California in the late sixties under Steve Labounty and Tom Kelly.  He moved to Texas to help Tom Kelly open a school in El Paso in 1969 and then moved to Pasadena, California to go to work for Grandmaster Ed Parker. 

He received his Black Belt and all subsequent rank personally from Grandmaster Ed Parker up to Seventh Degree; the highest non-honorary, non-political rank given by Parker in 1985.  He became the Manager of the Pasadena school for several years, as well as the Executive Vice President of the International Kenpo Karate Association for the last ten years Grandmaster Ed Parker lived.  Throughout this time, Mr. Planas was also instrumental in the development of the original manuals

Known as the “Instructor`s Instructor,” Mr. Planas teaches the “whys” of Kenpo, not just the “hows” based on the rules and principals of motion. After Parker’s passing other associations were formed, one of which promoted Mr. Planas to Eighth Degree in 1991.  Then in 1995 several associations joined together to promote him to Ninth Degree Black.

Though his expertise is mainly in Kenpo he has studied many other arts, including; Judo, Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Shotokan, and Silat.

Today, Mr. Planas has students throughout the United States and also in the following countries: Argentina, Canada, Cayman Isles, Chile, England, Denmark, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Jersey Channel Islands, Patagonia, Spain, and Sweden. 

#7 Professeur Richard Sylla

Professeur Richard Sylla is one of Savate: Boxe Francaise greatest Boxers. He was 10 time French Champion as well as kick boxing world Champion. He started training with Professeur Richard Genaudeau in Savate after his Professeur stopped teaching; he continued training with Professeur Robert Paturel.

Richard Sylla is one of the pioneers of the Savate: Boxe Francaise when the two parents arts ( Boxe Francasie & Savate)  merge of the two Federations occurred. From 1990 to 2004 he was the National Trainer of the French Team of Savate: Boxe Francaise.

He produced countless French Champions and World Champions. He produced the following Professeurs of Savate: Boxe Francaise Richard Thomas, Stephen Gaugne, Jean-loius Lancene, Paul-Raymond Buitron III, Sebastian Farina, Francois Pennacio, Jean Baptiste Agua, Eddy Bague. 

#7 Mestre Acordeon

Ubirajara (Bira) Guimarães Almeida (born 1943 – ), better known as Mestre Acordeon, is a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, and a master of the Brazilian Martial art known as capoeira. His international reputation as a respected teacher, performer, musician, organizer, and author is built upon fifty years of active practice, as well as research into the origins, traditions, political connotations, and contemporary trends of capoeira.

Acordeon was a student of the legendary Mestre Bimba in the late 1950s and began teaching capoeira in the early 1960s. He won three titles in capoeira national championships in the 1970s before coming to the United States towards the end of 1978. Acordeon introduced capoeira on the West Coast in early 1979 and currently he maintains the United Capoeira Association (UCA) with several associated schools. He also has created the Capoeira Arts Foundation in Berkeley, California .

#8 Mestre Jelon

Jelon Vieira is a Brazilian choreographer and Master who, in 2000, achieved recognition by New York City’s Brazilian Cultural Center as a pioneer in presenting to American audiences the Brazilian Martial art Capoeira.

In 1975, Jelon Vieira and fellow choreographer/performer Loremil Machado became the first artists to bring traditional Afro-Brazilian artistic endeavors to the United States. For over a quarter century, as the founder and artistic director of The Capoeira Foundation.

He has taught Capoeira to legendary footballer Pelé and American movie stars Wesley Snipes and Eddie Murphy. Snipes, himself a top martial arts practitioner, has described Vieira as one of “the masters of the martial arts of the 20th century”.
Upon returning to Brazil, in his home community of Boca do Rio, a bairro of the nation’s third-largest city, Salvador, Vieira continues to teach children and young adults the art of Capoeira to build self-esteem, instill self-discipline and raise social consciousness while at the same time becoming a vital part of their own community. In 2007, after having devoted many years to Grupo Capoeira Brasil, he founded his own Capoeira Grupo, Capoeira Luanda.

 #9 Guru Stevan Plinck

Guru Stevan Plinck has practiced Silat his entire life, including Soeti Hati taught to him by his grandmother and Sumatran styles taught to him by his uncle Guru John de Jong.

He studied Serak under Guru Besar Arthur Remrev for eight years and then under Pendakar Paul de Thouars for over twenty years, and has continued to study various silat styles and systems such as: Pukulan Pentjak Silat Bukti Negara.

Maha Guru Stevan Plinck is safeguarding the Silat Art by maintaining its content and progressive development which he has developed ever a child.

 Maha Guru Stevan served his country with honor in the US Special Forces, a former Green Beret and is recognized as one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of Serak Silat.




#10 Guro Carlito Bonjoc

Guro Bonjoc was born in the Philippines where he began his martial arts studies at an early age. Under the tutorage of his father Grandmaster Carlito Bonjoc Sr., he was taught his first Filipino martial arts system known as the Cadiz-Lapu Lapu Escrima.  As the 4th generation master in the Bonjoc family line.

One of these masters was Roy Ornor. Master Ornor taught Carlito the Talawan Largo Mano system. This system is a long-range blade art that focuses on fighting multiple attackers.

In 1979 Carlito Jr. was introduced to the distinguished Grandmaster Angel Cabales. With his father’s approval, Carlito learned the Cabales Serrada system. In June of 1983 Carlito Jr. obtained and advanced degree in the Cabales Serrada system. After this achievement, Grandmaster Cabales continued to instruct Carlito privately in the finer points of the Serrada system. Due to this training, Carlito became a knowledgeable and respected Guro in the Angel Cabales Academy.



#11 Grand Master Mike Pick


GRAND MASTER MICHAEL “MIKE” PICK began his career in Kenpo karate at the tender age of 10. His teacher was the legendary American Kenpo Karate founder, Grandmaster Ed Parker. On March 19, 1965 he was awarded his Black Belt by Grandmaster Parker himself. Grandmaster Pick is a former Marine who saw extensive action in Vietnam in the late 1960s. For his battlefield gallantry he was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Naval Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Vietnamese Legion of Merit, Vietnamese Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. After Grandmaster Parker’s death, Grandmaster Pick left the International Kenpo Karate Association, and he founded the Universal Kenpo Federation in the early 1990s.

#12 Grand Master Frank Trejo


GRAND MASTER FRANK TREJO began his formal martial arts career in 1966 in the Japanese karate style known as Shotokan. In 1969 he met and started training with the legendary American Kenpo Karate Founder: Grandmaster Ed Parker.He was doing Mixed Martial Arts long before the term was ever coined. A compassionate humanitarian, in 1985 Mr. Trejo started a program called “Creative Physical Fitness” to benefit children with physical, mental, and social challenges. He has been publicly recognized for his work with children. Grandmaster Trejo is recognized as a 10th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo. He has instructed or has been bodyguard to such notable celebrities as Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Billy Idol, etc. In his spare time, Mr. Trejo enjoys singing and playing guitar in blues bands.

#13 Maitre Robert Paturel

PROFESSEUR ROBERT PATUREL, or “Patu,” as his students and friends affectionately refer to him, is a native of France and is one of the most respected Professeurs of Savate in general. He started Savate training at a very early age and became one of the youngest Professeurs in the history of the art. Professeur Paturel was trained by his brother Christian Paturel and by Richard Genaudeau, who later left him in charge of the Savate salle (studio) at Rueil. Prof. Paturel has the following Professeurs under his name: Richard Sylla, Dominique Dahklaoui, Dany Roca, Paul-Raymond Buitron III, and Marc Seni in Savate and Savate:Boxe Francaise. Professeur Paturel started the French Federation of Tonfa in 1990 and he was one of the co-founders of Danse de Rue Savate in 1994. In 2003 he founded Boxe de Rue, which is taught to the police of France.

#14 Guru Paul Silva


GURU PAUL SILVA earned his Black Belt in Kenpo karate in the early 1970s after transitioning over from the Korean fighting arts. With the blessing of the Kenpo organization he belonged to, he then went on to study the Indo-Filipino weapons systems and became an accomplished fighter/teacher within those arts. Guru Silva then began an intensive research of the Filipino systems and found a lineage to Pentjak Silat. After six years of intensive study in Pentjak Silat, he earned the title of Guru and was permitted to teach Silat. Throughout his studies in the Filipino arts, Guru Paul has trained with some of the most widely recognized masters of said arts. Guru Silva has been described as a great bare knuckles full-contact fighter, a great motorcycle mechanic/rider, and a devoted student and good friend to many.

#15 Guro Vincent Cabalas


GRAND MASTER VINCENT CABALES was born in California in 1954, and he is the son of the late Grandmaster Angel Cabales, who is known as the “Father of Escrima in the America.” The Cabales family originated the Filipino martial art known as Cabales Serrada Escrima. Vincent started learning his father’s art as an eight-year-old boy in California and by the age of sixteen he was already teaching said art.  In 1974, Vincent Cabales became the first student of Cabales Serrada Escrima to be promoted to Master level, and in 1976 it was announced that he would take over as Grandmaster upon the passing of his father. This happened in March of 1991 and thereafter Vince became the head of the academy that Grandmaster Angel founded. So, in essence, Grandmaster Vincent Cabales is true lineage holder of the Cabales Serrada Escrima lineage.





Sifu/Guro Bud Thompson -Jeet Kune Do

SIFU/GURO BUD THOMPSON was first introduced to the Oriental martial arts in 1953, at least a full decade before the martial arts started to gain popularity in America. It would not be an exaggeration to say he is one of the founding fathers of the martial arts movement in America.

The year 1965 proved to be a pivotal year in Mr. Thompson’s life. Early that year he met Dan Inosanto and the legendary Bruce Lee. From that day onward he knew he had found the art he had always been looking for. In fact, the teachings of Inosanto and Lee became the major inspirations in his life. In addition, Bud Thompson has trained under no less than thirty of the most widely recognized martial arts masters in the world such as: Grandmaster Floro Villabrille, Tuhan Ben Largusa, Guro Greg Lantayo, Master Johnny LaCoste, Sifu/Guro Dan Inosanto, Sifu/Guro Richard Bustillo, Sifu/Guro Jerry Poteet, Sifu/Guro Larry Hartsell, Guro Lucky Lucay Lucay, Sifu/Guro Teddy Lucay Lucay, Sifu/Guro Jeff Imada, Master Angel Cabales, Master Leo Giron, Ciriaco Canete, Grandmaster Pendakar Paul De Thouars, Guro John De Jong, Guru Steve Plinck, Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite, Grandmaster Professor Wally Jay, Sensei Mits Yamashito, Tuhan Leo T.Gaje Jr., Sifu Hawkins Chueng, Sifu Francis Fong, Grandmaster William Chueng, Gilbert Tenio, Sifu Nino Bernardo, Pendakar Suryandi Jafri, Art Saxel, Pedro Carvalho, Nonfah Scharadecho and Ajarn Chai Sirisute.

The main arts that Sifu Thompson teaches are Kali/Eskrima, Jun Fan Gung fu, and Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do.

#17 Professeur Jean-Paul Viviani

Maitre Jean-Paul Viviani, a college instructor from Paris, France, is one of the most widely recognized and knowledgeable professeurs of the entity of Savate in the entire world today.

Maitre Viviani was a student of the legendary professeurs Sylvain Salvini, Maurice Sarry and Marcel Le Saux. Under Prof. Salvini, he became a professeur of Sambo and Pancreace. Maitre Jean-Paul is a professeur of all of the known disciplines of Savate and continues to teach at the university level.

 #18 Professeur Stephane Gougne

Professeur Stephane Gougne, a successful businessman from Marseilles, France, is one of Boxe Francaise Savate’s greatest boxers. He commenced his training at Club Boxe, learning all styles under the tutelage of Professeur Jean-Pierre Morelli.

Professeur Gougne has won numerous titles in his long and illustrious career, including the following: European Championship Quarter-finalist in 1990, French Cup Finalist in 1993, French Championship Semi-finalist in 1992, 1994 & 1997, and French Championship Finalist in 1996.

#19 Grandmaster Alfredo Bandalan

Grandmaster Alfredo Bandalan was born in Lanai City, Hawaii on March 10, 1939. When he was a little boy, Grandmaster Alfredo learned that his grandfather, to whom he was especially close to, was an escrimador, or a practitioner of the Filipino martial art of escrima. By the time he was a teenager, western style boxing was the rage in Hawaii, and Grandmaster Bandalan became enamored of this sport but later gravitated toward the more traditional martial art of karate.

The year 1968 proved to be an auspicious one for Grandmaster Alfredo as that was the year he left Hawaii for the mainland, settling in California. There, after a few years of study he earned his black belt in Kempo karate. In the 1970s, after witnessing a demonstration by Grandmaster Angel Cabales, Grandmaster Bandalan decided that Serrada Eskrima was the art for him, and he embarked on a life-long journey to learn this system, even traveling to the Philippines to study. This is the art he teaches today and the art he has traveled worldwide to promote.


#20 Mestre Cobra Mansa

Mestre Cobra Mansa  is a master of the martial discipline known as Capoeira Angola. He is one of the founders and the guiding light of a Brazilian Capoeira organization known by the acronym FICA (Fundacao Internacional de Capoeira de Angola). Mestre Cobra is very well known in the world of Capoeira. He began practicing his art in 1973. His martial movements have been described as graceful and deceptive. Mestre Cobra is well respected for his deep knowledge and scholarship of the historical and cultural underpinnings of Capoeira Angola.

#21 Mestre Lalo Bahia

#23 Uncle Bill De Thouars

Maha Guru Willem de Thouars is a living legend in the world of Indonesian martial arts and has devoted over sixty-five years of his life to the study and practice of Chinese and Indonesian self-defense arts. One of Maha Guru Willem’s unique distinctions is that his first teachers in the fighting arts were not human. They were Macaque monkeys that lived near the plantations where he was raised, and his initial contact with these primates almost cost him his life.

Kun Tao Silat de Thouars is the martial arts system originated by Maha Guru Willem de Thouars, and it features elements from Chinese kung-fu and Indonesian Silat, as well as jiu-jitsu, karate, and Chinese Internal and External Arts.

Maha Guru’s friends in the martial arts world included such legendary figures as Ed Parker, founder of the modern Kenpo system, and the great Bruce Lee, movie star and founder of Jeet Kune Do.


#24 Sensei Jonathan Ayers

Professeur Jean-louis Lahcène


Professeur Jean-Louis Lahcene of France began his Boxe Francaise Savate career at the age of 12. By the time he was in his early 20s he was an international champion, winning title bouts in Africa, Russia, and Lebanon.

Professeur Lahcene has the distinction of being the first savateur (Savate practitioner) to become champion of Thai boxing and twice champion of France in kickboxing.

He has been a professeur (professor) since 1992 and today continues to teach at Club Clichy in Clichy, France, a suburb of Paris. When he is not practicing or teaching Savate, Prof. Jean-Louis can be found at his regular job in the metro police department of Paris.

Master Wade Williams

Professor Wade Williams is a well-versed in the arts of karate and escrima. The native Californian started his martial arts journey in 1981 as a student of Goju Ryu karate with Sensei Rodney Hu.

In 1984, while still a karate student, he met Guro Mariano Bermodes, an advanced instructor of Serrada Escrima and thus began his life-long involvement in escrima. Later on that same year he would meet a living legend of escrima, Grandmaster Angel Cabales, and also train under him.

Professor Wade would also go on to learn from other escrima guros such as Grandmaster Leo Giron, Maestro Sonny Umpad, and Grandmaster Ramiro Estalilla.

Professor Williams is a member of several martial arts organizations and continues to teach in California, throughout the United States, and the world.

A man of deep spiritual convictions, Professor Wade says he is thankful to God for all the blessings bestowed upon him.


Master Wade Williams

Professor Wade Williams is a well-versed in the arts of karate and escrima. The native Californian started his martial arts journey in 1981 as a student of Goju Ryu karate with Sensei Rodney Hu.

In 1984, while still a karate student, he met Guro Mariano Bermodes, an advanced instructor of Serrada Escrima and thus began his life-long involvement in escrima. Later on that same year he would meet a living legend of escrima, Grandmaster Angel Cabales, and also train under him.

Professor Wade would also go on to learn from other escrima guros such as Grandmaster Leo Giron, Maestro Sonny Umpad, and Grandmaster Ramiro Estalilla.

Professor Williams is a member of several martial arts organizations and continues to teach in California, throughout the United States, and the world.

A man of deep spiritual convictions, Professor Wade says he is thankful to God for all the blessings bestowed upon him.


Mestre Fran

Mestre Fran was born on November 7, 1964 in Fortaleza, Brazil. He started practicing Capoeira at the age of 10 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

In November 1982 he arrived in Londrina, Brazil with the dream of spreading the art of Capoeira to the southern regions of his native country. The group that Mestre Fran was associated with at the time was named Grupo de Capoeira da Praia.

Mestre Fran furthered his Capoeira instruction in Salvador, Bahia where the old “capoeiristas baianos” (ie. from Bahia) showed him the essence of Capoeira and the Maculele art. The beat of the drums and the vibration of that beautiful dance-fight art had a major impact on him. Eventually, he founded his own group, which is called the Associacao Cultural de Capoeira Maculele, or simply “Maculele.”

Today, he continues to teach, learn, and gain experience participating in rodas and events throughout the entire world.

Mestre Camaleo

Mestre Camaleao (Wellington Nascimento Rosae) was born in the state of Bahia, Brazil in 1963. Like many youngsters in the 1970s, he was inspired to take up the fighting arts because of the explosion of martial arts movies during that decade.

His first influence in Capoeira was his uncle, Dorival dos Santos, also known by the nickname Sapo. Besides being a Capoeira mestre, dos Santos was also an accomplished free-style wrestler in the 1960s.

At the age of 13, at the urging of his cousin, Mestre Raymundo Son, Mestre Camaleao moved to Rio de Janeiro to further his Capoeira training under the watchful eye of his cousin.

As a young adult, Mestre Camaleao joined the Merchant Marines and a new school of Capoeira named Angola Quilombo of Areras. With the eventual closing of this school, he was forced to start his own school, which he named Capoeira School Children of Angola. He specialized in teaching the poorer kids who lived in the slums.

The year 2002 saw Mestre Camaleao visiting Europe for the first time, settling in Marseille, France. By 2012, Mestre Camaleao has been out of Brazil 10 years, and he had visited no less than 39 countries, spreading the legacy of Capoeira and helping the art grow and prosper.

Professeur Sylvain Postel

Professeur Sylvain Postel is one of Savate’s greatest boxers of the 1980s. He was one of the pioneers of the relatively new art of Savate: Boxe Francaise. Professeur Postel started training in Club L’AS Manin with Professeur Yves Gardette, and then he trained with Professeurs Patrice Beaux and Robert Paturel.

Professeur Sylvain has the distinction of the being the longest competing savateur of the modern era. He started participating in Savate bouts at the age of 14 and continued until the age of 38, an astounding 24 years of fighting in the squared circle.

During the initiation of Club Belier in the 1990s, Professeur Postel became a major force of the club, coming up the ranks of Paturel and Richard Genaudeau. Prof. Sylvain Postel brought many top notch savateurs to Belier. He went on to produce three world champions in the first World  Championships. Those three champions were Sebastien Farina, Bruno Gottfrois, and Francois Pennachio.

Guru Phillip Sailas

Guro Phillip Sailas was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He has been involved in
martial arts for over four decades. His first instructor was Master Russell Perron who taught him the Korean art of Tae Kwon Do. Guro Phillip earned his 1st Degree Black Belt from him before Master Russell moved to another state. Before Master Russell moved away he introduced Guro Sailas to his next teacher, Master Earl Auston. Under Master Auston, Guro Phil would learn Okinawa-Te and earn his 2nd Degree Black Belt. Finally, in the early 1970s he would meet the man who became his teacher and friend for more than 40 years, Guro Willem “Uncle Bill” de Thouars. Guro Phillip has trained with Uncle Bill at least once a week for the last 41 years. Under Uncle Bill, Guro Sailas learned Hakka-Kun-Tao Silat, CiMande, and Kumlumpai de Thouars.

Guro Phil also served in the United States Marines and did a tour of combat as a machine gunner and “tunnel rat” during the Vietnam War. Upon returning from Vietnam, he met the woman who was to become his wife and the mother of his two sons and daughter. Guro Phillip still lives in the Denver area and retired from his job with the City of Denver after 38 years of service.

Guro Phillip Sailas credits the martial arts with having allowed him the opportunity to make a lot of lasting friendships.

Sifu Rick Fowler

Sifu Rick Fowler of Irving, Texas, started his martial arts odyssey within a Japanese karate system at the very young age of 14. By the time he was 17, he began to incorporate Korean styles into his fighting arsenal. Eventually, he would meet a man who would have a profound influence on him and lead him to Kenpo karate—the legendary Sifu Keith See. Under the
guidance of Sifu Keith, Sifu Fowler had the privilege of meeting and working with Grandmaster Ed Parker, the founder of Kenpo, as well as meeting and training with other high level Kenpo practitioners.

Sifu Fowler has carried over his martial arts success into the business world. He has owned and operated several successful schools and has also produced over 60 training videos featuring different styles of martial arts.

Even after 35 years of training and teaching, Sifu Rick is not content to rest on his laurels. He continues to train intensely to attain higher levels of physical and mental development.


Grandmaster Ramiro Estalilla Jr. was born in the Philippines on January 23, 1930. He was but 11 years old when the Imperial forces of Japan invaded his homeland. Out of necessity, he had to learn eskrima (escrima) from his father and seven other teachers to combat bands of marauding thieves who took advantage of the turmoil and confusion caused by the war. Shortly thereafter, he also helped his compatriots in the war effort by serving as a teenage spy and carting supplies to the guerrilla fighters in the jungles.

Shortly after WWII, in 1946, Grandmaster Ramiro became an ordained minister, which he still is to this day. Around that same time, he also started teaching eskrima.

In 1976, Grandmaster Estalilla immigrated to the United States where he set up residence in Fresno, California. He then commenced to teach eskrima in the U.S. and continues to do so today at the age of 84.

In 1999 Grandmaster Ramiro was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame and is the first Filipino recipient of the title “Doctor of Martial Arts.” His philosophy of teaching is to humanize the art, civilize the artist, and refine the fighting system.

Grandmaster Ramiro Estalilla Jr. and his wife have been married for 56 years and were blessed with 4 children.


Grand Master Larry Ordonio

Grandmaster Larry Ordonio, born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, and a retired Captain in the U.S. Army, has one of the longest and most extensive resumes of any living martial artist. He began his martial arts journey in 1962, and his fields of study include Hawaiian Kenpo, Japanese Aikido, Judo, Aikijujitsu, Kubudo, and Korean TaeKwondo and Hapkido.

However, it is in the Filipino art of Escrima where he has really made his mark. Grandmaster Ordonio is the leading exponent of a Filipino Escrima style known as Largo Mano (ie. long hand) Escrima. It is called Largo Mano because it utilizes a somewhat longer fighting stick than other forms of Escrima.

His art of Largo Mano is a family tradition, originated by his father’s uncle in the mid to late 1800s. It is the most feared of the Escrima styles because it has proven its effectiveness in dozens of secret death matches held in the rural areas of the Philippines.

Currently, Grandmaster Larry Ordonio and his wife Tanya, along with their three children, reside in Houston, TX where Grandmaster Ordonio maintains an active teaching schedule, having promoted over 250 Black Belts since the early 1990s.


Professeur Laurent Mercadier

Professeur Laurent Mercadier of Paris, France was one of the most feared competitors to ever step into the squared circle. His rough and rugged “take-no-prisoners” style of fighting caused him to be compared to American boxer Jake “The Raging Bull” LaMotta.

Professeur Mercadier and his best friend, Hubert Abela, started training by themselves when they were kids because they were influenced by a TV program called The Brigade of Tigers, which featured savate fighting.

In time, they discovered there was a savate initiateur living on the opposite side of Paris, and they would ride their bikes clear across town three times a week to train with this young man.

Eventually, this initiateur moved away, and they were forced to train by themselves in the parks of Paris.

One day, by chance, they saw a young police officer training, and they asked him if he could be their professor. This policeman turned out to be the great Robert Paturel. Prof. Paturel agreed to train them and eventually he formed them into initiateurs in 1978. In time, Prof. Laurent became champion of France.

To this day he still teaches in the school where he started in 1978. And he is one of the few savateurs to be schooled in many different disciplines, but he only teaches the competitive aspects of Boxe Francaise Savate.

Currently, Professeur Mercadier resides in Paris where he is a long-time employee of that city’s electricity provider.

Grand Master Michael Giron

Grandmaster Michael Giron, President-Founder of the Bahala Na Original Giron Escrima Federation was born on December 31, 1949 to the legendary Grandmaster Emeritus, Leovigildo Miguel Giron and his wife, Soledad Mapa.

In spite of the fact that he was the son of a Grandmaster, GM Michael did not start his martial arts training as a child, as would normally be expected. His training officially started in 1975. When questioned as to why he didn’t start earlier, he would simply respond, “I wasn’t ready yet.”

Grandmaster Michael states that it was not easy training under a Grandmaster who was also his dad. His father expected nothing less than perfection from him. Besides training with the “regular” students, he was also given private instruction afterwards.

In 1982 Grandmaster Giron made history when he participated in the first ever full contact escrima tournament held on the west coast and possibly in the U.S.A. Said tournament was sponsored by an organization called the West Coast Eskrima Society, which included among its founding members, Dan Inosanto, a personal friend of the iconic Bruce Lee.

For a few years Grandmaster Michael left the martial arts world to pursue a career as a professional musician. But after a few years in the music business, he came back to the Filipino martial arts.

Sometime after the passing of his father in 2002, Grandmaster Giron created the Bahala Na Original Giron Escrima Federation to maintain the purity of his art and to continue the legacy of his father.

Currently, Grandmaster Michael Giron and his wife Athena reside in Vallejo, California.


Mestre Sabu

Mestre (Master) Sabu of Brazil is one of the true pioneers of Capoeira in the state of Goia, Brazil.

As a young lad he started learning Capoeira under the legendary Mestre Pastinha and was later formed into a Mestre by Mestre Caicara.

Initially, Mestre Sabu started teaching children as a means to keep them off the streets and to get them to lead productive lives.

The overwhelming majority of Capoeira schools in east central Brazil derived their origins from him and his students.


Mestre Elias

Mestre Elias (Master Jose Elias Da Silva) was born in Recife, Brazil in 1951. Up until 1967 he practiced martial movements that were not called Capoeira at the time. In 1967 he moved to the city of Teresopolis where he started to practice Capoeira at the academy of his first Master, a man named Geraldao.

In 1976 Mestre Elias moved to Rio de Janeiro to work and study, and there he continued his Capoeira journey. It was also there in Rio that Mestre Elias would eventually earn a degree in Physical Education from Salgado University of Oliveira.

In 1990, Jose Da Silva formally attained the rank of Mestre (Master). Following this, in 1995, and with the help of his son, Mestre Elias spread the teachings of Capoeira to Europe, where it gained a strong following, especially in France.

Mestre Elias has traveled extensively giving lectures, symposiums, and teaching Capoeira classes throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the United States. For his efforts, he is widely recognized as one of the world’s greatest Capoeira masters.

Mestre Elias did not limit his learning to just Capoeira. In the period from 1970 to 1992, he also tried his hand at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kyokushin Kai karate, boxing, and judo.

Possessed of strong moral convictions, Mestre Elias immersed himself in social projects between 1988 and 2013. These initiatives were aimed at steering children away from the streets and into productive lives.


Professeur Francois Penacchio

Professeur Francois Pennacchio of Paris, France is one of the most diversified savateurs to ever step into the ring. He practiced most of the existing boxing styles of the day, such as Savate, Kickboxing, Thai boxing, etc. His techniques were considered flawless.

Professeur Pennacchio was formed a professeur by Prof. Herve Bruandet of the outstanding Club Belier.

In his prime, Professeur Francois captured many major titles, such as the following: World Champion of Boxe Francaise 1991,
European Champion of Boxe Francaise 1992, World Champion of Kickboxing, WAKO 1993 & 1998, and World Champion of Kickboxing, ISKA 1997

Professeur Pennacchio ended his fighting career in 1998 with an impressive record of 93 victories and 7 defeats.

Currently, Professeur Francois Pennacchio still resides in Paris where he is a successful entrepreneur.

Pendekar William Sanders

Pendekar (Grand Master) William Sanders is a prime example of the “warrior-scholar,” having received a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Martial Arts Philosophy from the University of Asian Martial Arts Studies.

He started his martial arts journey back in 1972 in Pencak Silat as a student of Guro John Malter in Wheeling, West Virginia. He stayed with Guro Malter until 1984 and was awarded the Red Dragon 7th degree Black Belt in that style, the highest rank awarded.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Pendekar Sanders was trained in the arts of Untung Surapati by Pendekar Suryadi Jafri and Pendekar Raden Sartono. In 1982 he received the Basic and Advanced Pencak Silat Award by the National Silat

Association of the USA. His award was signed by Eddie Jafri, Dan Inosanto, and Leo Gaje.Pendekar William’s accomplishments in Silat are many, but some highlights include: Given the title ofPendekar in 1987 by the PPPSBBI of Banten, West Java, being passed the teachings and lineage of Untung Surapti by Pendekar Raden Sartono, and developing his own fighting system namedPukulan Cimande Pusaka, which is practiced worldwide.

Pendekar Sanders also branched out into Italian knife fighting under the tutelage of Grandmaster Don Vito Quattrocchi and was given the title of Cavaliere de San Michele (Knight of St. Michele) and Cavaliere Grande de San Michele (Grand Knight of St. Michele).

Other world martial arts he has mastered include Am Maide Mear Eire (Irish swift stick) and Russian Cossack whip combat.Before being inducted into the World Pugilist Hall of Fame, he was inducted into the Combat Magazine Hall of Fame (2003) and USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame (2008).

Pendekar William Sanders makes his home in Grants Pass, Oregon.


Master Gil Hibbens


Sifu (Master) Gil Hibben is one of the most traveled martial artists to be honored in this year’s World Pugilist Hall of Fame ceremonies. He has lived in many states throughout his lifetime. He is a cowboy’s son, born and raised in Wyoming. Sifu Hibben is also a military veteran, having received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1956.

Sifu Gil learned Kenpo karate and earned his Black Belt in 1968 from Grandmaster Richard “Huk” Planas, who came directly from the lineage of Kenpo founder, Grandmaster Ed Parker. Sifu Hibben is also highly skilled in knife throwing and has made his mark in designing and manufacturing bladed weaponry.

Sifu Hibben is the creator of several knives which have been used in popular films such as Rambo III, Rambo (2008), The Expendables, The Expendables 2, and various Star Trek movies. Among the many private customers for his unique knives included such celebrities as John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, Sylvester Stallone, and Steven Segal.

A well-rounded individual, Sifu Gil is also an Alaskan hunting guide and an avid singer-musician. He has been described as one of the nicest persons you’ll ever meet in martial arts.

Sifu Gil Hibben currently resides in La Grange, Kentucky where he owns and operates his thriving cutlery enterprise.

Guro Roger Agbulos

Guro Roger Agbulos, a native of California, started his eskrima training in 1990 under Punong Guro Edgar Sulite, founder and chief instructor of Lameco Eskrima International. He was one of Guro Edgar’s senior students in the backyard group of eskrimadores in Los Angeles, CA. When Guro Sulite passed away in 1997, Guro Roger decided to pursue Lameco’s primary arts, the Kali Ilustrisimo and the original De Campo Eskrima 1-2-3. At one point in his martial arts training, he came under the direct tutelage of both Grandmaster Rey Galang and Grandmaster Christopher Ricketts.

Throughout the years, and with constant exposure to many different forms of Filipino martial arts, Guro Agbulos has come to create some combat principles of his own. The emphasis is more on long-range weapons combat that does not generally focus on blocking an opponent’s attack; and the “live” hand is rarely used to disrupt one. His style emphasizes controlling long-range encounters with broken, flowing, or combination strikes, thrown from all angles, in small numbers.

At the present time, Guro Roger Agbulos teaches at Jon Felperin’s studio, The Center of Law Enforcement Training, in Northridge, California. He is chief instructor for impact and edged weapons under the Filipino Combat Arts Program.

Master Jeff Finder

Master Jeff “Stickman” Finder began his training in Serrada Escrima in 1985 after meeting Grandmaster Angel Cabales at a tournament, then attending a two-day seminar with him two weeks later.

After training under Master Anthony Davis for his first year in the system, he became a private student of Angel Cabales, earning his Advanced Degree in December 1987. In 1989 he was a championship member on the first USA National Escrima Team, going to the finals in two tournaments in the Philippines.

After returning, he started Stickman Escrima Products, pioneering the first successful long-lasting synthetic sticks for martial arts. For this he was inducted into the USA-FMA Hall of Fame in 1998. Since then he has expanded into custom high-quality durable training blades for martial arts.

A teacher with 30 years active experience, he also holds Black Belts in Kenpo and Ch’uan Fa, as well as training in other systems. He has written many articles and essays about Serrada and the FMA, including contributions to three books and earning the 2010 “Master of the Pen” award from the FMA Digest.

Master Jeff Finder continues to teach privately in the San Francisco Bay area.

Mestre Itapoan

Mestre  Itapoan (Raimundo Cesar Alves de Almeida) of Brazil is considered the foremost authority on Capoeira Regional, as well as on the history of Capoeira itself.

Mestre Itapoan was born on August 13, 1947 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. On September 22, 1964, he began learning Capoeira Regional from Mestre Bimba and remains his disciple to this day. In 1972 Mestre Itapoan founded the Ginga Associacao de
Capoeira. He is also the founder of the Associacao Brasileira dos Profesores (Brazilian Teachers of Capoeira) and the Federacao Bahiana de Capoeira (Bahia Federation of Capoeira).

His Ginga Associacao de Capoeira has students in Guyana, Japan, France, Israel, Taiwan, Switzerland, Korea, China, Central America, South America, and the United States.

Mestre Itapoan is widely considered as being a key player in the success of Capoeira worldwide. He is also one of the most ardent defenders of its traditions. Under his direction, the Ginga Associacao de Capoeira continues to be one of the most authentic schools of Capoeira in the world—forty years strong!

In 1990, Mestre Itapoan was awarded the National Sports Medal of Honor by the Brazilian Ministry of Education.

Mestre Maximo Brito Filho

Mestre  Maximo (Maximo Pereira de Brito Filho) of Brazil has been practicing Capoeira for more than 45 years and is also a Capoeira historian and lecturer. He has extensively documented the participation of Bahia capoeiristas (Zouaves of Bahia) in the Paraguayan War (War of the Triple Alliance) of 1864-1870.

Mestre Maximo was born in Santo Amaro da Purificacao da Bahia on October 22, 1958. His first exposure to Capoeira came via his older brother while he was still a young child. It was his big brother who taught him the rudiments of street Capoeira and Capoeira Angola near the ruins of church named Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Purificacao (Church of Our Lady of Purification).

At a very young age he began training directly under the tutelage of Mestre Ferreirinha. Then, in the 1970s, he went to live in Salvador, in the northeast section of Amaralina. It was there that he had his first contact with the students of the legendary Mestre Bimba.

Mestre Maximo is a devoted evangelist and the father of five children, all of them Capoeira practitioners.

Professeur Jean-Pierre Le Blon of Paris, France is one of the most outstanding savateurs of the latter part of the 20th Century.

He received his training at Club Suresnes, the oldest recognized salle (training hall) of Savate in France. He was formed a professeur by the legendary Prof. Jean Berceau, who had a long line of successful

It is interesting to note that Club Suresnes served as a meeting hall for Freemasons during the two World Wars, as well as sparking the formation of a group of French freedom fighters during the Nazi occupation of France during World War II.

Professeur Jean-Pierre Le Blon holds the unique distinction of being the oldest living savateur in the world today.

ProfesseurJean-Pierre Julemont, who hails from the once-thriving wool and textile city of Verviers, Belgium, is one of the most outstanding non-French Europeansavateursof the late 1960s/early 1970s.

Professeur Jean-Pierre first learned Savate in his native Belgium, but later continued his pugilistic journey in Paris, France. In France, he continued his savate journey under the tutelage of Professeur Bernard Plasait and the legendary Maitre Roger Lafond.

ProfesseurJulemont was crowned Champion of Belgium twice, once in 1969 and then again in 1970. He was also Champion of Europe in 1970.

Currently, Professeur Jean-Pierre Julemontstill resides in Verviers where he remains very active to this day.

Sigung Stephen LaBounty


Sigung Stephen LaBounty of California is arguably one of the most widely known Kenpo stylists. There are many in American Kenpo who say he is the true definition of “Warrior Spirit.” He first came to Grand Master Edmund K. Parker in 1966 with a background in Judo and having a Black Belt under Al and Jim Tracy (only their third). Sigung Stephen went on to distinguish himself in the martial arts, carrying GM Parker’s banner wherever he went.

Both a National and International fighting champion, SigungLaBounty is widely sought after on the seminar circuit where he is legendary for this “fighting drills.” Sigung Stephen has also spent many years in police work and is active as a Law Enforcement Consultant and trainer.Furthermore, he is a practicing Accupressurist and Herbalist and also teaches seminars in bodywork to martial artists.

At times very outspoken, SigungLaBounty nevertheless is always willing to support events and causes which he feels will bring the martial arts brotherhood closer, such as the Jeff Speakman International Kenpo Camp or the annual “Gathering of Eagles,” both held in Las Vegas.

A friend to many in the Kenpo community, Sigung Stephen La Bounty is often sought after for his wisdom and experience, and was one of the founding members of the American Kenpo Senior Council.

ProfesseurHubert Abelaof Paris, France is one of the most talented and successfulsavateursof the 1980s. He was introduced to the sport by a close friend and started his training when he was 18 years old.

Initially, ProfesseurAbela trained by himself and also with several friends in the streets and parks of Paris until he met Professeur Jean Claude Derisson.

ProfesseurHubert held five League titles in France and also won several International titles for France, France/USA, and France/Japan. He would shootfight against any nation’s champions in Europe who were willing to step into the ring with him. In all, he had an astounding total of 64 fights.

Currently, Professeur Hubert Abelastill resides in Paris where he is theTechnical Director of the French Federation of Savate.

Grand Master Michael Blea


Grand Master Michael Blea was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September 1957. He has had a long and storied career not only in martial arts but in the field of law enforcement as well.

Grand Master Michael began his informal martial arts training in 1970-71 at the age of 13 with his uncle. He trained in Judo, JiuJitsu, Boxing and other combatives. Late in 1971 he moved to the west side of Albuquerque where he started training in Kajukembo at the age of 14 with Senior Grand Master Sam Allred. By October of 1974, he had attained the rank of Black Belt. In April 2005 he achieved the rank of 9th degree Black Belt, and by October of 2009, he was officially recognized as a Grand Master.

As mentioned before, Grand Master Blea has also distinguished himself in the area of law enforcement. Some of his notable accomplishments in this demanding and fast-paced field include the following:

Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor through, and for, the State of New Mexico Law Enforcement Training Academy since 1990

Certified Police Firearms Instructor, National Rifle Association

Chief “High Risk” Instructor, New Mexico Corrections Training Academy

Adjunct “High Risk” Instructor, New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy

Supervisory Special Agent for the Office of the Inspector General of New Mexico

Grand Master Michael Blea still resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is the proud father of three daughters, Amber, Audra, and Ariel.

Grand Master Bobby Taboada


Grand Master Bobby Taboada was raised in Cebu City, Philippines. After studying karate and boxing and other fighting arts, he was introduced to the Balintawak school of Eskrima founded by Great Grand Master Venancio “Anciong” Bacon, and headed at the time by Grand Masters Teofilo Velez and Jose Villasin. GM Taboada was trained in the “old school” ways of stick fighting, enduring physical abuse and constant live stick fighting with the masters.

In 1979, GM Bobby left the Philippines and took his art to New Zealand and Australia before being persuaded to introduce Balintawak to a U.S. audience in 1991. He eventually relocated to the United States and settled in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Since his arrival in the U.S., GM Taboada has been a self-defense instructor for the North Carolina Justice Academy, and he has assisted in crime prevention programs sponsored by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Academy, and has also been featured in dozens of articles and magazines. In the year 2000, he was inducted into the World Head Council of Family Sokiship’s International Hall of Fame and was awarded the title ofMillennium Grand Master. In 2002, that same organization honored him with the title of Distinguished Grand Master.


Grand Master Bobby Taboada is well known throughout martial arts circles as a highly respected master, a great teacher, and a superb human being who has remained humble and welcoming to all whom he comes in contact with.