Sean Kelley Biography Featured on Martial Arts Website

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Here is a link to check out Mr. Kelley’s biography featured on which is a site dedicated to the martial arts put together by Dana Stamos of Martial Arts Enterprises. Check out the site for info on several different martial arts topics, to find a martial arts studio, or to check out the biographies of many martial artists. We in the CKF applaud Dana’s efforts in putting together a great resourceful site for martial artists.

2016 Sean Kelley Seminars

Below are the current seminar location listings where Master Kelley will be teaching in 2016 :


March 12th

VIP Training with Master Sean Kelley

Lancaster, PA – Hosted by Scott Johnson, email:



April 2nd

The 8th Annual Dragon Festival Camp : Sean Kelley, Mike Pick & Terry Rich

Fayetteville, NC – Hosted by Mr. Terry Rich

Contact info : Master Terry Rich (910) 305-8980

April 1oth

Sean Kelley’s DNA seminar series in West Palm Beach, Florida

For more information on this event, contact : Sean Kelley  (561) 373-5617


May 20-21st

Michael Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo hosting Master Sean Kelley

Bradford, PA

Contact info : Mr. Michael Miller : (814) 368-3725 or


May 28th

VIP Training with Master Sean Kelley

Lancaster, PA – Hosted by Scott Johnson, email:



June 4th

Associate Master Sean Kelley

Hosted by Advanced TKD & Mr. Blake Bannister

Contact email :

Lantana, Florida


June 12th

Sean Kelley’s DNA seminar series in West Palm Beach, Florida

For more information on this event, contact : Sean Kelley  (561) 373-5617


July 16th

VIP Training with Master Sean Kelley

Lancaster, PA – Hosted by Scott Johnson, email:

July 29th & 30th

Associate Master Sean Kelley

Hosted by Champion Karate & Assoc. Professor Mike Friedman

Lake Mary, FL

email :



August 6th

VIP Training with Master Sean Kelley

Hosted by William Fletcher

Biloxi, MS

Contact : (228) 238-7086

August 19th & 20th

Long Beach International Martial Con

Hosted by : Steve Cooper

Long Beach, CA

Contact :


September 16th & 17th

Michael Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo hosting Master Sean Kelley

Bradford, PA

Contact info : Mr. Michael Miller : (814) 368-3725 or


September 25th

Sean Kelley’s DNA seminar series in West Palm Beach, Florida

For more information on this event, contact : Sean Kelley  (561) 373-5617


October 14th-16th

9th Annual Seminar CKF South America

With Associate Master Sean Kelley & Guest Instructor TBA

Hosted by Senior Professor Roberto Vidal

Santiago, Chile

Contact :

October 21st-22nd

VIP Training with Master Sean Kelley

Lancaster, PA – Hosted by Scott Johnson, email:


December 4th

Sean Kelley’s DNA seminar series in West Palm Beach, Florida

For more information on this event, call :  (561) 373-5617


Sean Kelley

Stomp the Bullying co-founders play a role in new book – Predator Proof Your Child

Stomp the Bullying co-founders Sean Kelley and Michael Miller played a major role in the new book Predator Proof Your Child written by experienced Florida based author Cynthia MacGregor who has written over 100 books. The book teaches parents all they need to know to protect their children from the predators that lurk in the world. It provides much-needed information and guidelines to help keep your children safe. It exploresthe faces of today’s predators and their strategies. It also includes online safety, basic self-defense, and how to talk withyour child frankly about the real dangers that exist. Predator Proof Your Child: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Kids is an essential guide for any parent who wants to understand current dangers and how to educate, warn, and protect her child.

Miller was interviewed for the book in which he provided valuable information about predator prevention, how predators groom their victims, personal boundaries, the warning signs of a predator, as well as realistic self-defense strategies and tactics to deter a predator from following through, giving potential victims the few seconds they need to escape. Miller was quoted in the book on a few occasions with the important information he provided.

Kelley, along with his daughter Tori and black belt student Jeff Benko, are pictured in the book teaching basic self-defense techniques that children could easily learn and execute. Kelley is an internationally sought out self-defense expert who holds a 7th degree black belt in American Kenpo Karate and has been a part of the Guardian Angels for over 25 years. Miller is a student of Kelley’s and holds a 5th degree
black belt in American Kenpo Karate.

Kelley and Miller co-founded the “Stomp the Bullying” program two years ago, which is a free 90 day program offered through credible martial arts schools for children ages 7-15 where they learn the value of community service, how to be a good citizen, leadership training, self-defense, and bully education as well as bully prevention and how to deal with bullying behavior. It includes an in-depth manual that covers everything taught in the program including: how not to be a bully, what bullying really entails, the warning signs of both a bully and someone being bullied, the risk factors, how not to be a target of a bully, common myths about bullying, statistics, the three T-Steps to verbal harassment, the rules of engagement in dealing with bullies and what you can do as citizens to “Stomp the Bullying.” Aside from that, self-defense movements, strategies and tactics are also taught in the program, as well as awareness skills, verbal Judo, and physical restraint moves to control and negotiate.

Once a child graduates the program he/she will become a Junior Angel and will a part of community service projects. The “Stomp the Bullying” program is offered through the Guardian Angels through certified “Stomp the Bullying” martial arts schools. The program has been endorsed by actors Martin Kove (Sensei John Kreese in the Karate Kid Series) and Sean Kanan (Karate’s Bad Boy Mike Barnes in Karate Kid III), as well as actor and martial arts icon Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Alcee Hastings of the House of Representatives.



If you would like to order Predator Proof Your Child, click the link below.  It’s available only on Kindle at this point.



Guardian Angels Host East Coast Conference

The Guardian Angels had an East Coast Conference on May 19-20, 2012, in Easton, Pa, which was put together by Pennsylvania Regional Directors Scott Koppenhofer and Jason Weston. The conference was a great success with many different speakers, instructors and chapters in
attendance.  Guardian Angel members shared education about recruitment, communication, rules and policies of the organization, protocols, and more. Koppenhofer and Weston spoke about the new Pa training certifications for level 1 – 3 that were developed.

“Rocky” Pratt spoke about recruiting and gave a couple scenarios where many of us role played the proper and improper ways to recruit. Rocky has been a Guardian Angel since 1980 and he provided a lot of education about the history of the Angels and what it was like early on.  Rocky was a wealth of knowledge and provided some valuable information.

Michael Miller conducted a two hour power point presentation about the stomp the bullying program created by him and Sean Kelley.  The presentation went well as Miller spoke about the importance of the program, what it consisted of, and some of the most important concepts covered in the program such as the three T-steps, the rules of engagement, common myths, statistics, verbal judo, risk factors, how not to
be a bully, and self-defense training.  He explained that the key difference between this program and most other anti-bullying programs is that they actually take an active approach. Most other programs teach you what to do, but they don’t teach you how to do it. This program not only teaches you what to do, but also teaches you how to do it while empowering you by increasing your self-confidence and self-esteem to be
able to implement everything once you learn how to do it.

Miller answered some questions that some of the Angels had and Kelley spoke about how they were turning the stomp the bullying program
into a certification program where martial arts instructors who have their own schools could become certified in the program to start implementing it in their schools.  They explained that the stomp the bullying program is an entity of its own, but it is also a part of the
Guardian Angels. Once a child graduates the 3 month program he or she will become a Junior Angel and will be a part of community service projects.

Kelley taught some self-defense which included some parries, some strikes, and weapon disarms.  Three of Kelley’s black belts Kevin Kuliga, Bill Larson and Miller all assisted him.  Kuliga also taught for a little while. He taught a stick class utilizing five angles of attack and defense.  Miller taught a self-defense seminar covering some body manipulations through joint control and restraint principles and techniques.  He taught them how to do a specific hammer lock from four different angles and positions and covered a “what-if” right into a head and neck control.  The seminar was well received.

The conference was covered by channel 69 news, which you can watch the segment by clicking on the link below. Awards were given out to
certain individuals and Kelley received the “Chuck Beach” Award, which is a big honor.  It was a touching delivery from Weston how he explained the Chuck Beach award as Beach was Koppenhofer’s first martial arts instructor who died in his thirties from skin cancer. Rob Matthews received the Angel of the year award and the Easton chapter received chapter of the year. Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa came and did a speech.

Also during the conference a 15 minute anti-bullying video was shown given to Kelley by actor Martin Kove who played Sensei John Kreese in
the Karate Kid series. Kove is a huge advocate against bullying and has taken an interest in the stomp the bullying program and is giving Miller and Kelley his support. The event also had on hand a few of the Talking Jar’s created by Jeanne Dexter for display.  The bully jar was well received by all.

The Spartan Training Gear created by Marc Joseph was introduced to the Angels during this conference as well.  A Guardian Angel whose street name is “Snake” put on the equipment and took a few beatings during a couple of the self-defense seminars.  The equipment works extremely well for what it was designed for.  The conference went extremely well.



Karate Success Story

As a martial arts instructor, one of the greatest benefits you get out of teaching is watching your students grow and blossom into focused, confident individuals who are no longer afraid to look people in the eyes, to answer questions at school, to stand up to bullies, and much more, which produces healthy and happy people who become successful in life and good citizens.  It’s even more rewarding when parents come to you thanking you profusely for the great things you’ve done for their child and that they can see the amazing positive changes in their child.

Mr. Kelley received this e-mail from one of his student’s parents:

Hi Mr. Kelley,

I wanted to write to say thank you for all you have done to help us with Aaron. I will never forget how insecure, quiet and afraid Aaron was when we first started your classes. He would hardly speak and when he did it was always with hesitation and doubt. Aaron’s learning problems in school had made him a target with bullies, it was something he had dealt with since the first day of pre school. Even though he was bigger then the other kids his self esteem was so low that he felt he could do nothing about it except put up with the constant taunting and picking from the other kids. As a parent it is devastating to watch your child go through such a horrible thing.  We would talk to Aaron to help him understand why kids bully but with such low self-esteem he could not grasp that there was something wrong with the bully, he felt it was because there was something wrong with him.

We made the decision to put Aaron in karate to learn self defense so he could stand up for himself should a bully ever get physical. What we never imagined is that he would learn so much more then self defense. You and your team have helped us to build Aaron’s self esteem and self confidence to where he feels that he is worthy of all good things and that he is perfectly made just the way he is. The Stomp the Bullying program has made Aaron feel like he is a part of something. He no longer feels alone and he now knows that bullying is something he does not have to put up with any longer. Because of the adults that rallied around his father and I to support Aaron by lifting him up and showing him that he is important and his feelings matter he is a new kid. He is strong and can protect himself, not just by using the karate skills he has learned but also by using the reasoning skills the bullying education you taught him as well.

Thank you so much for your compassion, your tireless efforts and unconditional love you have for all the kids…. and their families. We could not have done it without God, you and the rest of your team.


Stephanie Smith-D’Andrea

Director of Outreach Services

New Beginnings Recovery Center

561-906-4507 Cell

877-338-6988 Office

It’s a New Year – TCB

We are excited for 2012 and looking forward to many great things this year.  We kick the year off with our annual Florida camp which is being held Friday, February 10 – Sunday, February 12.  The theme of the camp is Kenpo Academics vs. Kenpo Combatives – stages of engagement.  This is a camp you are not going to want to miss as Senior Teaching Black Belt Grandmaster Michael Robert Pick takes the drivers seat once again, along with Senior Professor Sean P. Kelley.  Aside from these great instructors, we have three of our black belts taking the stage to each teach a class:  Mike Miller, Mike Friedman, and Bill Larson.  You are in for a weekend of knowledge, skill, and camaraderie.  We also have special guests Rainer Schulte and Master Jorn Brandt who will be making his first appearance at the camp.    

 Aside from the camp, Mr. Kelley will be holding a 50th birthday seminar on Saturday, May 12 at Sean Kelley’s VIP Training Center, with special guest Tom Bleecker attending to conduct a book signing for his upcoming book The International Journey.  Bleecker will also be attending Mr. Kelley’s seminar in September at Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo in Bradford, Pa where Bleecker will be a special guest instructor teaching two adult classes and will also conduct a book signing. 

 Also in May Mr. Kelley along with student Mike Miller will be attending the annual East Coast Guardian Angels gathering in Easton, Pa, where they will be conducting a presentation for the “Stomp the Bullying” program and will be teaching a seminar on weapon disarms.

 Miller has a few book projects in the works this year as well, starting with the second Legends of Kenpo biographies.  The first one Rainer Schulte was published in February 2009 and the second one Sean P. Kelley is set for February 2013.  Aside from that project Miller is working on a book titled Stomp the Bullying as well as a martial arts book of articles Miller has written over the years. 

 If you are getting Mr. Kelley into your studio for a seminar this year, be sure to work out the details with him and e-mail Miller at to let him know of the dates so that he can mark you in.

Guardian Angels Hold First "Stomp the Bullying" Graduation


The Guardian Angels held their first graduation of their new program, “Stomp the Bullying” on Friday, September 16, 2011 in Bradford, Pa. The program was created by Guardian Angels, Sean P. Kelley and Michael Miller. Kelley came up with the concept to take an active approach to the bullying epidemic our society is facing, and Miller designed the program manual and was the first person to run the 3 month program leading to the first graduation.

Twelve students ranging from ages 7-15 became the first graduates of the program after twelve one – hour sessions at Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo, and became Junior Angels. “Stomp the Bullying” is an educational course that creates Junior Angels and it focuses on five key elements: the Guardian Angels (Junior Angels); leadership; community service; bullying; and verbal, mental, and physical self-defense. Each session includes an education portion – like a school setting, which focuses on one or more of the five key elements, and a physical portion, where the students work on the physical self-defense.

The primary focus of the program is bullying, however, where the students learn how not to become a bully, the different forms of bullying (physical, verbal, emotional, and cyber), the risk factors, common myths, statistics, how to avoid becoming a target, how to recognize the signs of bullying, the 3 t-steps to verbal harassment, the rules of engagement, and what to do if you see somebody getting bullied.

Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo is the East Coast Headquarters for the program and Miller is in charge of teaching other Guardian Angel members how to implement the program. Aside from Miller, Kelley was present for the graduation as well as Pennsylvania Regional Directors Scott Koppenhofer and Jason Weston, both based out of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

“Stomp the Bullying graduation was a huge success and had a great turn out considering the small population of Bradford, Pa,” Koppenhofer explained. “This goes to show bullying is a concern in all size communities. I have a personal interest in this program considering I was a victim of bullying from middle school through high school. The military, martial arts and the Guardian Angels empowered me not to be a victim anymore.”

The program is now currently being implemented in Pottstown, Pa through Pottstown Shotokan Karate/Crossfit under the direction of Rob Mathews, the Guardian Angels chapter leader in Pottstown. He is the second person to run the program and graduation will be on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

 The program has been well accepted and is gaining a lot of interest. Miller has already been contacted by two schools to come in and speak about bullying and the program “Stomp the Bullying.” Since bullying is at an all time high, this program is the perfect community service program for any community.

“It comes as an honor for me to see leadership being exampled by someone like Michael Miller and his staff that have stepped u and become role models as Guardian Angel volunteers in seeing the first graduation of the ‘Stomp the Bullying’ program become a reality to the global crisis of bullying,” Kelley explained. “The program has set such a profound impact with our tag team efforts that it is now being considered a module program for other Guardian Angel chapters to utilize. We feel confident that between the efforts of myself, Michael Miller and other Guardian Angel leaders across the world, this will begin to make a huge impact in areas that have been effected by such tragedies due to bullying and its serious effects.”

It can still be seen on the news quite often, where a child either commits suicide, or goes on school shooting sprees due to unending torment that he goes through at school. Children bully all the time. In some instances the child cries out, but nobody listens. In other instances the child keeps it to himself until it is too late. As Guardian Angels we hear those cries and we do something about it. We also teach the children to talk about it. There is hope, and there is help. We “dare to care” and now we are daring you.

“This is a program that is needed in every school, martial arts facility, community center, etc. If there is a place where youth are organized then this program should be part of that setting,” Koppenhofer concluded.

Below is our mission: (

The Reality

Bullying is a major epidemic in our society. All forms of bullying, such as verbal, non verbal or emotional, physical, and cyber-bullying happen every day in the United States and it causes serious lasting harm to victims leading to severe depression, violence and/or suicide. According to statistics, 19,000 bullied children attempt to commit suicide over the course of one year; on a monthly average 282,000 students are physically attacked by a bully each month; and on a daily average 160,000 children miss school because they fear being bullied. In a recent survey it showed that over 100,000 children carried guns to school as a result of being bullied.

The Dream

That all children will learn the appropriate lessons in life and will have healthy self-confidence and self-esteem, proper values, and a driven purpose motivated by a passion to become all they are capable of becoming. If this dream becomes a reality there would be no need for a child to bully another child.

The Objective

To bring a realistic and active approach to dealing with bullying behavior appropriately by educating about all aspects of bullying through a martial arts standpoint, and to get celebrities, martial arts instructors, teachers, parents, and anybody else willing to join our team to take a stand and become active in stomping the bullying.

The Purpose

To get children and adults to understand the full effects of bullying and why “bully’s” bully; to teach children how to come together and stand up against bullies – strength in numbers; to instill confidence and emotional defenses to protect victims against verbal bullying; and to empower victims with self-defense techniques and principles to protect against physical bullying.

The Plan

To conduct lectures, workshops, and seminars about bullying at schools, martial arts studios, or for any social groups such as girl scouts, boy scouts, youth groups, etc.; to get martial arts schools involved with the Guardian Angels and our concept of “Stomp the Bullying” and get the program implemented within those martial arts studios; and to petition congress to pass strict laws making bullying a criminal offense.


In the Passing Lane


Dear Members:

I apologize for such a delay in updating our site. We have been very busy with many upcoming affairs. This past summer I launched an anti-bullying program with Michael Miller, Buddy Morrison, and Mike Friedman called “Stomp the Bullying.” This has turned out to be a major campaign and Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels, allowed us to bring this program under the banner of the Guardian Angels.

After numerous e-mails, phone calls and personal experiences, I found the need to step up and do something about bullying and address it head on as it is a major crisis globally. I knew we already had a foundation for a great program by using the reputation of the Guardian Angels as well as the martial arts community. Since the education through martial arts would empower victims with self-confidence, self-esteem, and proper skills in making the right decision by using alternative choices, I knew this would be a success.

Through the Guardian Angels we decided to incorporate a program where candidates would be schooled through a 3 month program and then graduate as Junior Angels and volunteer through self-sacrifice in their own communities and offer community service by demonstrating leadership through civic duties.

 That is just one of our current projects going on, and we are proud to announce that we just held our first graduation of the “Stomp the Bullying” program, and it occurred on Friday, September 16, 2011 at Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo in Bradford, Pa. Owner Michael Miller was the first to implement this program and graduated 12 students who became Junior Angels under his guidance. Miller designed the manual that will be used by all people who implement this awesome program. The program proves that children can make a difference in our efforts to “Stomp the Bullying” and can create a support system by banning together and talking about the problem as well as networking with us by holding venues for us to attend. Visit for more info.

The other current projects we are involved with are the upcoming books soon to be released by our CKF Public Relations Administrator Mr. Michael Miller. Mr. Miller started a book series of biographies titled Legends of Kenpo, with the first legend being Rainer Schulte. I have been chosen to be the second in this series to tell my story about my journey through Kenpo. Mr. Miller has been working diligently on this project and plans to have the book released at the 2013 February Camp.

He is also working on a bullying book as well as a book of all his articles – those he had published in Inside Kung-fu and Black Belt magazines – as well as brand new articles never read. Along with his book projects he has been editing the new CKF Instructors Manual. If Mike Miller is the man behind the pencil I can only say this: you will not be disappointed in the final product. Enjoy the outcome of what he researches and creates in the interest of those who enjoy a good read.

We have also been working on adding advanced training into the CKF, for those who seek it, in both empty hand and weapons. CKF member Buddy Morrison is a firearms instructor with advanced certifications under Paul Castle in the Center Axis Relock (CAR) System and is now offering a defensive tactics program for our organization through Morrison Tactical. We will soon have more details about this and how you can get involved with this type of training. Satellite locations will be listed on our web site as well as those under the direction of Buddy Morrison who are certified to instruct.

As you know, November is the month for CKF membership renewals so I ask everyone to get prepared to send in your list of current student names and updated applications by November 30, 2011, as well as your school/club fee and black belt fee. Please be prompt.

The 2012 Florida Kenpo Camp is being set for the weekend of February 11 – 12 and we are making this a VIP invite only with the first 20 people pre-registered by January 14, 2012. After years of hard work, and numerous instructors, I’ve decided to make the camp more private with myself and Grandmaster Michael Robert Pick being the instructors. We are interested in grooming those who are like minded and want to train and teach the system. We will no longer have an open door policy; therefore, only current CKF members are invited as well as anybody associated with our growing alliance

The theme of this year’s camp with be academic phase vs. combative phase. We will be focused on learning the principles of the art through the science of “Ideal” to “Real Deal” by using the warrior mindset to the mode of “Attack the Attack” for the ability to create a module for advanced training.

CKF Upcoming Seminars and Events

Since our Upcoming Seminars and Events link is not working I wanted to put them here.  If you are a CKF instructor and have a seminar that is not listed contact me right away at

DNA Seminar with Professor Sean Kelley

April 30 & May 1, 2011

Fee : $100

Location: Lantana Florida

@ Sean Kelley’s VIP Center



CKF Seminar at Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo

443 East Main Street, Bradford, Pa 16701

May 20 – 21, 2011

Instructor: Sean Kelley

Topics: Storm Techniques, Speak with the Knife, and Kickboxing

Also, open sparring

Contact Michael Miller 814-368-3725





Special VIP Rainer Schulte Birthday Bash Seminar

“Follow that Dream”  June 10 -12, 2011

Inverness, Florida

Main Instructor Sean Kelley

Others TBA

All inclusive family package $199

After April 15 $239




CKF Seminar at Miller’s Kenpo Karate Dojo

443 East Main Street, Bradford, Pa 16701

September 9 – 10, 2011

Instructor: Sean Kelley

Topics: TBA

Contact Michael Miller 814-368-3725




CKF Chile Seminar hosted by Maestro Roberto Vidal

November 2 – 4, 2012

Invited guests:  Grandmaster Michael Robert Pick

Bill “Superfoot” Wallace

Master Rainer Schulte

Senior Professor Sean Kelley

Shedding New Skin

By: Sean Kelley


It’s been awhile since I have been able to sit down long enough to let everyone know updates, events and news within the CKF organization. This past year has been very busy with me traveling doing seminars and both working full-time in the security field as well as teaching my VIP Program.


Our recent Florida Kenpo Camp was another amazing venue with guest instructors Vinny Anfuso, Rich Hale and Mohamad Tabatabai (first time appearing at the camp). As a special addition to the weekend we had MMA/Kenpo instructor Fred Mergen and firearms expert Paul Pawela bring their worth to the 45 VIP Guests who attended this past February 2011 event.


I was honored to see old friends and dedicated students that have trained with me for over 20 years being able to visit us and travel to this year’s event. We had visitors from Pennsylvania, Maryland, California, Kansas, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alaska and throughout Florida attend. It was an awesome reunion for CKF members.


We are reviewing the new CKF Instructor’s manual and hope to have this available soon for those interested in getting the revised material as well as the new information that has been created for current CKF Members only. Hard work and effort in this project is being conducted by CKF Black Belts Susan Jordan and Buddy Morrison. We will keep you updated.


We are also planning to add to the web site my daughter Tori performing the forms Short Form 1 through Long Form 2 for those who enjoy a quick visual library. For those interested in getting a copy you can purchase these by contacting me at The investment for this DVD will be $15.95 plus shipping/handling and you can make checks payable to the Guardian Angels. We are using this project as fundraiser for the organization and as a reminder this is a tax deductible donation since this a Non Profit organization. It is our way of giving to a wonderful cause.


I would also like to mention my return trip to Chile has been scheduled for November 2012 hosted by CKF South American Rep Maestro Roberto Vidal. Going along with me will be Grandmaster Michael Robert Pick and Kickboxing Legend Bill ‘Superfoot’ Wallace.  I look forward to my return trip in seeing our CKF South American family.


If you have ever heard of the expression of Shedding New Skin I would like to say I too understand the phrase as of recent. Over the years I have taught hundreds if not thousands of people from ages 3 years old up to a senior citizen who hired me to be a coach, mentor and personal trainer. With over 30 years as a Martial Arts instructor I have given testimonies to many who have asked me to write something for their web sites, jobs, or social media only to help build a long time relationship. Sometimes it works and then there are times it comes to a dead end and we must then move on. I call it Shedding New Skin.


I was recently informed that someone posted on a forum that I was giving credit to a Black Belt as the top CKF student or that they were the best under my lineage. When I heard this I immediately recall the time SGM Ed Parker told me of his situation with having so many so called protégé’s and that some of them he himself never met. He also said he had many within his organization that were very talented but that there was no one person he could say was the guy to take over when he was ready to retire. He did say he had a few chosen Black Belts that were assigned for particular reasons but that was something he kept to himself.


Over the years I have written testimonies for people and even gave the okay for some to be self-written only because I was too busy to do it myself and I guess that could bite anyone in the tail bone down the road; matter of fact it happened to Ed Parker there in his last few years of being alive as I recall.

When someone takes on a career to be a facilitator you might think he/she would groom all his/her Black Belts well enough to end up better than they would be as a matter of producing quality and future leaders in the industry. Some forget though being a Black Belt requires a ‘Teachable Spirit’ and when you become self centered and driven by the idea of ‘I and Me’ versus the ‘We and Us’ way of thinking I would say immediately you need to be back in the class setting of learning the art as a Art not as a Hobby.


Being progressive and free thinking is a healthy stage we all can admit is needed in growing as a Martial Human; but do it with honor, dignity and humility.  Do not use the reputation of others to gain something for your own hidden agenda. This is not a good martial path to be on and in the Kenpo system we created an axe at the bottom of our Crest for a reason. You can be cut off from our inner circle, organization, network and family if you demonstrate disgrace, or are dishonorable as a Martial Human.


If I were to openly announce or even suggest at this time who might be the person I would say is my top student or who would represent me as a person it would be only one individual – my daughter Tori. She has been involved in the martial arts community since the age of 4. She started as a Little Dragon then became a Junior as soon as she turned 11 years old. Now she is 13 years old and ready to turn 14 years old come July 17th and is a qualified 2nd Degree Brown Belt learning the adult material and just finished learning Long Form 3 just like my adult students.


I’m insulted by any person thinking they have the right to take on the title of being my top student when in reality I have taught all over the world to all ages and have taught Black Belts of all levels as well. If we want to be technical I have even taught a few who were much higher in rank than myself only to prove knowledge will always out weigh cloth in my book.


Tori has the hours and years of being in my arena of teaching. She has been around many of my own personal Mentors and has assisted me in teaching as well as participated in seminars and camps where there were times she was the only young teenager in class. I’m proud of her dedication and I’m proud of her devotion in following my foot steps and when the time comes to strap on a Black Belt you can be assure of yourself she will know her stuff.


I do want to say over the years I have chosen a few of my closest Black Belts as assistants to my teaching staff. I have created a review teaching requirement venue called the ‘DNA’ Kenpo seminar series for those who are looking into the system as a Science and for being a certified CKF Instructor. So far people like Mike Friedman, Jeff Lewis, Susan Jordan, John Rhoads, Kevin Kuliga, Buddy Morrison, Alfred Magnan, Mike Miller, Doug Hotaling, Mike Miranda, Tony Capone, Bill Larson, Matt Trejo, Jamie Seabrook, Kurt Snyder, and a few of my Brown Belts have shown an interest in pursuing this level of training which will take a number of years to perfect. I’m proud in saying this will be what the Kenpo Community is missing in making future quality instructors if it is not passed on this way. Ed Parker’s system was a methodical, test proven science of learning how and why his art was so popular in its structure. Our goal is to qualify those interested in being carriers of the Kenpo torch with knowledge, ability to perform and to pass on the art as it was laid out as a science of street fighting with positive results. Those who will learn the academic side of the art will have the Master Key principles to advance into the combative mode for the sake of safety, survival and to protect those in a reality world of crime and disconnection. Use your studies as a means to find balance and peace in our modern day struggle for directional harmony.


Last piece of news is my returning as the leader of the Palm Beach County Guardian Angels here in West Palm Beach Florida. I have brushed off my cob webs on my Red Beret and have stepped back into the arena of leading the organization once again to do battle against bullies, teach crime prevention and to reach out as a speaker in schools or other places and be a voice in the need to create positive role models through martial science and the concepts created by Curtis Sliwa and his 32 years of success by creating a International Organization that lends a hand at helping others where others have stopped caring or in some cases Men forgot their role in life as protectors of the ‘Neighborhood’ when faced with things out of order….I say ‘Court is back in session’ and I’m back!