Meet the Tambuli Family of Experts
Tambuli Media is proud to present our Family of Experts. Each of these individuals are highly skilled and knowledgeable subject matter experts in their areas of expertise. For everything from Health and Wellbeing to Exercise and Martial Arts, you can count on Tambuli Media and our Family of Experts.
Maestro Fernando “Bong” Abenir is a modern master of Filipino martial arts, who started training at the age of 9 He has studied Yaw-Yan under Orlando Lapuz and became an instructor under his leadership. In late 1994 he informally trained under Antonio Ilustrisimo upon the introduction of Pedro Reyes but it was short-lived due to Tatang’s unexpected death in 1997. He continued training under Pedro Reyes and eventually was introduced to Master Tony Diego in 1998 and was granted a certificate of authorization to teach the art of Kalis Ilustrisimo. He was also trained and was certified to teach Nusanatara Pencak Silat by Pendekar Mohamad Hadilmulyo the master of Nusantara Keluarga Pencak Silat and also from his disciple O’ong Maryono who was a three time world Pencak Silat champion and a well-known author and researcher of the art of Silat. Abenir has written for Rapid Journal and is currently a regular contributor for the Manila Times newspaper in the subject area of practical self-defense techniques. He has appeared in numerous TV sports and morning shows demonstrating his Abenir Kalis system. For Tambuli Media, he is author of the book Eskrima Street Defense.
Antonio Aloia is an American historian with a focus in Martial Arts History, spending the better part of his graduate career at West Chester University of Pennsylvania researching aikido’s history and growth throughout America and other aspects of martial arts in the country. In addition to working on his next book, Antonio writes for Martial Arts of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (MAYTT) and works with Aikido Journal. Antonio is a lifelong martial arts practitioner, training in a mixture of aikido, judo, and jujutsu, among other Japanese forms. For Tambuli Media, he is the author of Aikido Comes to America.
A native of Ardmore, Pennsylvania and Co-owner of Fast Twitch Training (FTT), I earned a B.S. in Athletic Training as well as an M.S. in Exercise Science from East Stroudsburg University. Upon completion of my advanced degree, I decided I would use my expertise and Athletic Training Certification to perfect a program and business dedicated to injury prevention and rehabilitation with high school and collegiate athletes. I helped create and build Fast Twitch Training and have over 14 years of experience in assessing, training and, when necessary, rehabilitating athletes so they can efficiently and safely return to competitive fitness and ability levels. What you should know is that I have enjoyed sports and athletics like many others in the industry; however one of my attributes is my unique interest in rebuilding an athlete from injury back to sport competition greatness. The goal here being that they will then be better and stronger than they were prior to injury. That is my passion.
Kellie Bach has been a statistician for over 20 years and for the past 12 years has been the owner and lead statistician at Analytic Solutions. Over a decade ago she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which led to deep reflection and positive growth in her life. The diagnosis gave Kellie the motivation to become a certified health coach, substantially cleaning up her family’s diet, and allowing her to help many others manage various health conditions and emotional struggles. Through her own process of recovery, Kellie developed a much deeper spiritual practice which has had a huge impact on slowing the progression of MS while enriching her and her family’s lives in the process. Journaling about gratitude, she believes, is one of the cornerstones of her recovery and quality of life. She lives in suburban Philadelphia with her twin daughters and their pets. For Tambuli Media, Kellie is author of the book, My Gratitude Journal.
Sifu Lorne Bernard has dedicated his life to the mastery, preservation and propagation of authentic traditional Chinese martial arts, most especially the Flying Crane branch of Fujian White Crane kung-fu. He has studied intensively since the early 1980s with the top flying crane masters–most especially with the heir to the system grandmaster Lee Joo-Chian. Bernard’s efforts have helped him develop a reputation as one of the top Western experts in the rare art of Fujian White Crane. At present, his academy in Laval, Montreal, Canada, is the North American Headquarters of the Flying Crane style. Shifu Bernard has had several students achieve great success and several more open their own White Crane clubs across Canada and the United States.
SAM L. BUOT, SR.
Grandmaster Sam Buot, born March 24, 1936, is a lawyer and businessman, a graduate of Silliman University in the Philippines. He was a broker, appraiser, investor and developer, who engaged in real estate both in the Philippines and the USA. Grandmaster Buot is an enthusiast of Philippine Martial Arts and has served as unofficial historian of the Balintawak Eskrima style having studied under the tutelage of Grandmaster Venancio Bacon, Jose Villasin, Teofilo Velez and Teddy Buot since the late 1950s. Buot has received several awards for his involvements including the Outstanding Alumnus Award from his alma mater Silliman University and the Golden Life Achievement Award by the World Head of Family Sokeship Council, a worldwide martial arts grandmaster’s council. At 78, Sam is now retired and teaches eskrima in his backyard in Phoenix, AZ. Fro Tambuli Media, Sam is the author of Balintawak Eskrima.
Tha late Sifu James Cama began his martial arts training in karate at the age of 7 under his cousin, and at age 9 he trained formally at Sun Duk Son’s Mu Duk Tang Soo Do school. He then trained in Hung Gar Kuen under Bucksam Kong and Chester Chin, Ying Jow Pai under Leung Sum, Go Ju Ryu Karatedo under Peter Urban, Kayo Ong and Meitatsu Yagi, Wing Chun under Moy Yat and Fut Sao Buddha Hand Wing Chun under Grandmaster Henry Leung. Years passed by and Cama became a closed door disciple under G.M. Leung and eventually became the first student to finish the whole Fut Sao Wing Chun system and to become certified to teach the art. Sifu Leung taught the system secretly for so long and because training was difficult at times, many students never finished the whole system. In fear of the art becoming extinct and with GM Leung’s blessing, Sifu Cama decided to open the gate and teach the art publicly. Sifu Cama tragically passed away on August 14, 2015, leaving a legacy for the art in his Tambuli book, Fut Sao Wing Chun.
DR. BRETT CARDONICK
Dr. Brett Cardonick has been a chiropractor serving hundreds of patients in the Mount Airy/Chestnut Hill sections of Philadelphia and the Greater Montgomery County areas of Pennsylvania since 1993. Helping his patients achieve optimal health using a holistic approach, he specializes in musculoskeletal pain – including the back, neck and shoulders – as well as headaches and many other injuries.
The late Sensei Teruo Chinen was born in Kobe, Japan, in 1941 while his father served as an officer in the Japanese Imperial Army. After the war, Chinen’s mother moved their family back to Okinawa, fortuitously moving into a home just three doors down the street from the home, and garden dojo, of Chojun Miyagi. Chinen’s grandfather taught Shorin-ryu and Yamani-Chinen-ryu Kobudo, but the proximity to Miyagi’s dojo became an irresistible magnet to the young Chinen. Chinen knew Miyagi personally, but his teacher was Eiichi Miyazato. Chinen trained at the Jundokan dojo, and was Miyazato’s “uchi deshi” for several years. Miyazato essentially adopted him, although not formally. In 1959, Chinen decided to follow his Sempai, Morio Higaonna, to Tokyo. At the famous Yoyogi Dojo, he took on the task of teaching “Gaijin,” or foreigners. Ten years later, Sensei Chinen moved to Spokane, Washington, where he would spend the remaining 47 years of his life there. In 1979, Chinen was instrumental in assisting Morio Higaonna in establishing the International Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate Federation. In 1984, he left the IOGKF to found his own organization, the Jundokan International, named in honor of his teacher, Miyazato Sensei. Chinen Sensei passed away September 9, 2015. For Tambulu Media, Teruo Chinen has written the book, Goju-ryu Karate-Do.
ALEXANDER LIM CO
The late Sifu Alex Co is a living treasure of Chinese kung-fu. In fact, no name is more synonymous with Kung-fu in the Philippines than Alexander Co. He spearheaded the Chin Wu Club in Manila, wrote the first kung-fu book ever published in the Philippines, and published the country’s first martial arts magazine, simply titled “Martial Arts Magazine.” Co has studied a dozen different kung-fu styles, was an “in-door” disciple of Ngo Cho Kun’s late grandmaster Tan Ka Hong, and has studied Seven Star Praying Mantis and Hung-gar under Grandmaster Shakespeare Chan, Wu style Tai Chi Chuan under the late Master John Hu Chuan Hai, and Hsin-I Liu Ha Pa Fa under Master David Chan. Alexander Co is the Advising Grandmaster of The International Beng Hong Athletic Association, has served as Chairman of the Philippine-Chinese Beng Kiam Athletic Association and the Tsing Hua Ngo Cho Kung-fu Center and as Vice-chairman of the Hsin-I Society of Internal Arts. For Tambuli Media, Co is the translator of the Bible of Ngo Cho Kun and Secrets of Seven-Star Praying Mantis (coming soon).
ROBERT JAMES COONS
Robert James Coons began his study of Daoism and Chinese culture at the early age of eight. Throughout his childhood he studied Oriental martial arts and always maintained a passion for the study of ideas coming from other cultures and times in history. On suggestion of his teacher, Robert went to China in search of a new perspective on martial arts. Robert currently resides between Canada, where he runs a tea business and meditation club, and Henan China, where he operates an English school and studies Chinese arts and culture. He is author of the Tambuli Media book, Internal Elixir Cultivation.
DR. DALE DUGAS
Dr. Dale Dugas is a board-certified, state licensed Acupuncture Physician/Doctor of Oriental Medicine (AP/DOM) as well as a board-certified Chinese herbalist. His passion for traditional Asian medicinal practices arose in the late 1980s, while living in Iwate Prefecture, Northern Japan; working for the local Japanese Government in the Board of Education for Yamada township. Dr. Dugas has over 35 years of training in Chinese, Okinawan and Japanese martial arts, including Uechi-ryu Karate, Judo/Jujitsu, Jook Lum Tong Long Pai/Southern Mantis, Shuai Jiao, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Taijiquan and Internal/External Qigong systems. He began his martial arts journey as a young teenager and has traveled extensively to train privately and publicly in both Chinese martial arts and traditional Chinese medicinal systems. He is a highly trained proponent of traditional Dit Da Ke (Chinese trauma medicine) as well as Tieh Sha Zhang Gong (Iron Palm) and Tieh Be Shan Gong (Iron Vest). He teaches publicly and privately and treats patients in Tampa, FL. For Tambuli Media, Dugas is author of the book Fundamental Iron Skills.
TAK WAH ENG
Sifu Tak Wah Eng has been involved with the ancient world of martial arts since the tender age of four. Growing up in Hong Kong and later moving to The United States, Sifu Eng has had the opportunity of studying with the world’s top martial arts masters. Today, after four decades of training, Tak Wah Eng is recognized as one of the most accomplished Masters, earning him respect and distinction. He has won many prestigious awards for forms competition, full contact fighting and has served as a judge in numerous tournaments and demonstrations. Sifu Eng has has also served as a fight choreographer and technical advisor for many feature films and has appeared on a variety of national television series. Not only is Sifu Eng a revered Shaolin martial arts master, but also a skilled painter and calligrapher who has exhibited his work in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and the Far East. His conception of balance incorporates his passion for painting. His work is dynamic and unusual in its use of vibrant colors and ancient brushstrokes, melding the modern with centuries past. It is in this balance of Yin and Yang, the spiritual and the physical, that Tak Wah Eng exists. He had a co-starring role in Tambuli Media’s feature film, Made in Chinatown.
The founder of Potentia Personal Training, Tema’s motto in life is: “Be Happy. Be Healthy. Be Kind.” And that is the philosophy she brings to each training session, Lifestyle Coaching session, and fitness class. Tema is energetic & creative, and enjoys making fitness fun and challenging for all types of athletes, from novices to the experienced, from youth to adults. She values hard work, commitment and fun, and she helps support each client so that they can power their own potential, stay motivated and celebrate their successes. Tema is certified as a Personal trainer and Mat Pilates instructor through AAAI/ISMA; certified in Small Group Fitness and Lifestyle & Behavioral Coaching through SCW; certified by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in Gluten Free Kitchen protocols; and certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the Jefferson University Mindfulness Institute.
RAMIRO U. ESTALILLA, JR.
Grandmaster Estalilla is a minister by profession, having graduated from the Manila Bible Seminary in 1951; the Philippine Bible College in 1953; and was first ordained in 1946 in Cotabato, Mindanao and again in 1971. He started studying Eskrima in 1941 during World War II, and began compiling notes in 1946 for an Eskrima handbook. He migrated to America as a preacher in 1976, and instituted and taught Eskrima at Fresno City College in 1982-1984 and at California State University, Fresno, with the rank of Assistant Professor, since 1990. He founded the United States Eskrimadors Legion, the Eskrima Consultants Association, the Kabaroan Instructors Association, and The Order of Kabaroan. He has taught under the business names of Kabaroan of America, Filipino Interstyle Eskrima, and Portable State University. He was a radio broadcaster for twelve years, has taught philosophy and languages, and has been a practitioner of Eskrima since 1941. He has been featured in the magazines Black Belt, Tambuli, and Rapid Journal, and in the books Filipino Martial Culture, Arnis History and Reflections, Filipino Fighting Arts, and Mastering Eskrima Disarms. For Tambuli Media he is author of the book Estalilla Kabaroan Eskrima.
IRVIN B. GILL
Sensei Irv Gill started his Martial Arts training in the Tracy System of American Kenpo in 1990 under Sifu J. Donald Burrier until achieving the rank of 2nd Dan (2nd Degree Black Belt). He was awarded his 3rd Dan by GM Dennis Tosten of the Amerikick Karate System in 1999. He taught at Andorra and then later at the Willow Grove schools in Pennsylvania until 2000. In 1999, he started training with GM Palanzo in Baltimore, eventually receiving his 4th, 5th & 6th Degree Black Belts. In 2014, he started training in Integrated Eskrima with Dr. Mark Wiley, and has the internal art of Bando Min Zin under Dr. Maung Gyi for 20 years. For Tambuli media he is author of the book, American Kenpo Karate.
Lauren Golen is a yoga teacher, integrative nutritionist and life coach. A compassionate entrepreneur, Lauren is also a business owner, realtor, intuitive leader and empath. Her warm-hearted spirit and grateful disposition keeps her yearning each day to learn more about navigating on this life’s journey the best way possible. She loves to inspire and share what she’s learned and continue to learn everyday and wants women all over the world to know they are never alone and that connecting is our best gift.
DAVID E. GOULD
Guro David E. Gould has been training in the Martial Arts since 1977 but he is best known for his association with Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite and the Lameco Eskrima System. He was the last Instructor certified by Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite in the Lameco Eskrima System on July 28, 1996 as well as being one of the recognized Standard Bearers of the System who was appointed directly to that position by Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite in 1996. As well as being a long time private student of Punong Guro Edgar G. Sulite, David E. Gould was also one of 25 exclusive handpicked members of PG Sulite`s private “backyard” invitation only group which later became known as the “Sulite Orehenal Group”. David E. Gould has conducted hundreds of Lameco Eskrima Seminars in numerous countries around the world and also teaches Elite Military and Law Enforcement. For Tambuli Media, Gould is author of the book Lameco Eskrima: The Legacy of Edgar Sulite.
Grandmaster Shishir Inocalla is a pioneer of wellness and the creator of the BMST (body mind spirit training and living system). He is a Master Instructor in Arnis Martial arts, Tai-chi, Yoga, meditation and natural healing. He is the Wellness trainer at the World HQ at David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Championsgate., Florida since 2003. He started martial arts training at age 8 and become a Yogic monk in India at age 15. He was persecuted for his spiritual belief and was detained in Tihar, Jail, India during 1975 Martial law for 1 year at age 18. From 1980 he moved to Vancouver, BC. Canada. He started his Holistic martial arts schools. He competed and won over 50 martial arts Championship and Featured in over 30 Films and TV. He became the action “Michealangelo” in the Ninja Turtles Movie and TV series. 2005 he was introduced to golf and enjoys competitions and wellness. He created quite mind smiling heart meditation, BMST training system, FMA Mix martial arts, Heart Yoga, Arnis chi golf, FMA Arnis Mahailka. He often travels and run seminars in BMST an Arnis centers in USA, Canada and Brazil. In 2011 he move back to his ancestral land in Bicol province in Camarines Norte and started Arnis wellness self-sufficient farm and revive Arnis wellness in his homeland. He is author of Orasyon Meditation and Veintenueve Balisong.
Coach Kevin iKearns s founder and CEO of Burn with Kearns, where he is responsible for the worldwide development and implementation of personal training continuing education courses and group fitness licensing programs. For over 25 years, Kevin Kearns has been professionally involved in the fitness industry. In 2013, he was named an All Star Conference Presenter for IDEA, the world largest association for fitness and wellness professionals. Based on his extensive martial arts and fitness backgrounds, Kevin has served as the strength and conditioning coach for professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters including Alberto Crane, Kenny Florian, Marcus Davis, and Din Thomas. He also was the strength and conditioning coach for WEC fighter Alex Karalexis and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt and MMA fighter Daniel Gracie. Kevin works closely with famed Muay Thai/MMA coach Mark DellaGrotte out of Sityodtong. Athletes from several professional teams work with Kevin during the on and off seasons. Kevin is certified by the NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), is a Functional Movement Screen (FMS) Certified Specialist, a FreeMotion Master Trainer. He has written over 100 articles and has been published and been a regular columnist for Ultimate Mma, Fighters Only, Train Hard Fight Easy, and Fitness Trainer magazine. For Tambuli Media he is author of the book, Always Picked Last, and star of the video series: Sledgehammer Workout and Explosive Shield Training Workout.
Sifu Daniel Kun, born March 4, 1958 in Manila, Philippines, started training in 1975 at Kong Han Martial Arts Club became an outstanding student with his athleticism and natural ability in learning and absorbing Ngo Cho Kun. From 1977 -79 at a young age he successfully became the national open style martial arts full contact champion of the Philippines with a record of 9 wins 0 losses. In 1995 he and his family migrated to Canada and in 2002 he started Canada Kong Han Ngo Cho Kun Kung-Fu Assn. He is active in international and local events and is an active member and supporter of Kong Han main club in the Philippines. For Tambuli Media, Kun is co-author of the book Kong Han Ngo Cho Kun.
Mataw Guro Louelle Lledo is grandmaster of Amara Arkanis Arnis, head of the Mataw Guro Association, and Senior Adviser to the United Fellowship of Martial Artists. Lledo is one of the best known and renowned Filipino martial arts instructors in the world. A captain in the Philippine Air Force Reserves, he has received several awards from martial arts organizations including Grandmaster of the Year Award of the Filipino Fighting Arts (2003), and Excellence Award in the Preservation of the Martial Arts (2004). He has helped train elite Filipino officers as chief defensive tactics instructor of the Headquarters, Philippine Integrated National Police Training Command, and National Capital Regional Training Center at Fort Bonifacio, chief unarmed combat instructor of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and chief combat instructor of the 1st Air Division and the 304th Security Squadron of the Philippine Air Force. Through years of martial arts experience he has created his own form of Filipino martial arts which he called Amara Arkanis. He is also the founder and head of the Mataw Guro Association, a group dedicated to ensuring the quality and propagation of quality Filipino martial art’s educators. For Tambuli Media, Lledo is co-author of the book FMA Education: The Fundamental Core of Arnis de Mano.
Sifu Henry Lo was born in 1961 and started training in Ngo Cho Kun in 1971. In 1995, after the passing of his father Grandmaster Dr. Lo King Hui, Henry became the Headmaster of Dr. Lo Yan Chui Memorial Institute of Kong Han Martial Art Club, Philippines. That same year he also won second place in full contact sparring at the International San Shou Tournament at Zhengzhou, China. Sifu Henry has won many awards and recognitions and is very active in leading Kong Han in several international and national tournaments and conventions. For Tambuli Media, Lo is co-author of the book Kong Han Ngo Cho Kun.
Guro Dan Medina was first introduced to martial arts with a combination of Judo and the Navy Seal Quick-Kill method. He joined the Black Masters Sphinx Karate Clan of the Philippines, and discovered the art of Arnis 63 Generals. In 1978, he joined Philippine Martial Arts Studio and studied with Shihan Raynaldo Gingco a Kyokushin and Kuntaw Instructor. In 1980, he became a student of Grandmaster Narrie Babao learning the arts of Arnis Batangas and Kuntao. 1984 to 86, Medina mastered the Ocho system and Modern Arnis Ernesto Presas Style under the tutelage of Philip Pabalinas. In 1986, Dan Medina moved to Hawaii and became a disciple of Great Grandmaster Braulio T. Pedoy and his son, Batikan Eduardo J. Pedoy. Currently, Dan is the founder and Grand Master of Majapai Derobio and Rajah (6th Degree Red & White belt), Florida V.P. for Sphinx Karate & Arnis 63 Generals. For Tambuli Media, Medina is author of the book The Secret Art of Derobio Escrima.
RENE J. NAVARRO, LAc
Grandmaster Rene J. Navarro is an acupuncturist, herbalist, martial artist, healer, alchemist writer and poet. His first martial arts masters were Johnny Chiuen and Lao Kim, two famous Shaolin Hong Kuen teachers in the Philippines in the 1960s. Rene has been studying the curriculum of Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan, including Solo Form, Sabre/Knife, Sword, Staff-Spear, 2-Man Sparring Set/Sansou, Tai chi chuan Chang Chuan/Tai chi fajing form, and Push hands under Masters Gin Soon Chu and Vincent Chu, lineage masters of the system. As a senior instructor of the Healing Tao, he has written the manuals of Kan and Li internal alchemy for GM Mantak Chia. He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture with a diploma in acupuncture and a certificate in traditional Chinese herbology. At NESA, he pioneered a course in chi-kung/qigong including Tai chi, Microcosmic Orbit meditation, and Buddha Palm. His poetry and essays have been published in journals and anthologies. Rene holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science (MLQ University in Manila) and a Bachelor of Laws (University of the Philippines). In an earlier incarnation, he worked as a lawyer for indigent clients. He has taught in four continents. For Tambuli Media he is author of the book, Ascension and Return: Poetry of a Village Daoist.
ARNALDO TY NUNEZ
Sifu Arnaldo Ty Núñez sojourn into Asian martial arts extend over 40 years. He has had the opportunity to have learned and be mentored by a roster of well-regarded masters of Chinese martial arts in the Occident. For the last 25 years, he has dedicated he effects in preserving and transmitting martial arts principles as a martial art journalist for major North American periodicals, including Inside Kung-Fu and Kung-Fu Tai Chi magazines. At the same time period, was active in promoting competitive Chinese martial arts through the United States. Today, he continues to pursue his love of documentation of martial arts principles as an editor and author for Tambuli Media, having worked on the development of the books Fundamental Iron Skills and Kong Han Ngo Cho Kun.
Sifu Alan Orr is world renowned martial arts teacher, regarded as a modern Wing Chun master. He has been featured on the cover of Martial Arts Illustrated magazine twice, has written hundreds of articles, and is the former editor of MMA Uncaged magazine. Alan has traveled the world to find and train with best martial art and healing teachers and today he himself teaches martial arts, fitness, and healing in multiple countries. He holds 8th degree in Chu Sau Li Wing Chun, 5th degree in Integrated Eskrima, and Black Belt in Brazilian Jui-Jitsu. In addition to martial arts, Alan is an Acupuncturist who holds qualifications from the Bodyharmoics Centre, Renshu Collage, The Chinese Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Beijing), and International Tung’s Acupuncture Research Association (ITARA). He has trained to Master Practitioner level in Tui- Na Chinese Massage and Manipulation Therapy with Maria Mercati the leading teacher of Tui Na in the UK. He currently resides in Tauranga, New Zealand with his wife and daughter, and runs the successful GYM 101 and the online Alan Orr Wing Chun Academy. For Tambuli Media, Orr has written The Structure of Wing Chun Kuen.
Sensei Garry Parker was born in Columbus, Georgia, and began training in Kodokan Judo in high school. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, and was stationed at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa. Shortly after arrival in Okinawa, Parker enrolled in the Hamagawa Dojo, where he learned under the watchful eye of Takamiyagi Hiroshi, Hanshi. After separation from the Air Force, he was granted a visa and continued to live and train in Okinawa until 1996, when he moved back to Georgia. Parker received authorization to teach Goshukan-ryu in America, and opened the first branch Okinawa Goshukan-ryu Dojo outside of Okinawa in 1999. For Tambuli Media he is author of the book, Chanpuru: Lessons and Reflections from the Dojo.
DR. VIJAYENDRA PRATAP
Vijayendra Pratap, PhD, DYP is the founder and director of the Swami Kuvalayananda Yoga (SKY) Foundation and the Yoga Research Society (YRS). He earned his PhD from the Department of Applied Psychology, University of Bombay, and served at India’s Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute as lecturer of yoga and managing editor of Yoga Mimamsa. Dr. Pratap has conducted yoga programs for institutions and made presentations at conferences worldwide. His is author of the book, A Teacher’s Guide to Beginning Yoga.
TYLER R. REA
Sifu Tyler R. Rea has practiced martial arts for over 30 years and has received international acclaim for his training manuals and videos. Sifu Rea specializes in the study of Chinese and Southeast Asian Martial arts with an extreme focus on the Martial systems of the Hakka people. He is recognized as a leading scholar in the history of traditional Chinese systems and in the comparative study of systems from around the world. In addition to his martial endeavors, Rea has professional experience in the fields of Advertising, Publishing, Digital media and video production spanning 28 years. This unique combination of skills allow him to provide exceptional quality in the books and videos he produces, making him a highly sought-after contributor in the martial arts community. He has also applied these skills extensively in the fields of healthcare, advertising, and marketing, and for nonprofit organizations. Rea is Tambuli Media’s video editor, author of the video series Hakka Power Training and Hakka Unicorn Boxing Series 1 and Series 2.
mATAW gURO Andy Sanano was born and raised in the Philippines, coming to the United States in his late teens. He served in the United States Air Force for over 20 years, which brought him to the Rapid City area in 1972. Mataw Guro Andy Sanano has been training in the Martial Arts since 1961. He has more than 49 years’ experience in hand-to-hand combat and over 38 years in the instruction of martial arts. He is the Mataw Guro of the Filipino Martial Arts Education in USA. He is the Dakilang Guro (10th degree) of the Trecehampas Family tradition of Arnis De Mano and Awayan (Ah-wah-yahn) (the Arts of Fighting). Over the years, his Martial Arts achievements have included receiving an 8th degree Black Belt Datu in Modern Sikaran, 8th degree Black Belt Datu in Burokil Alambra Arnis De Mano, a 5th degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate and a 5th degree Black Belt in Filipino Combat Judo. Dakilang Guro Sanano specializes in a variety of traditional weapons including Arnis De Mano (Philippine Arts of Stick Fighting), Sai, Double Sword, Butterfly Knives, Nunchaku and Balisong among others. For Tambuli Media, Sanano is co-author of the book FMA Education: The Fundamental Core of Arnis de Mano.
RUSS L. SMITH
Sensei Russ Smith expressed an interest in martial arts as a young teenager, and began learning Karate basics with a family friend. It wasn’t until Russ was on extended vacation in the Philippines over 25 years ago that he began his formal training in Japanese Goju-Ryu. Upon his return to the United States, Russ’s interest in the origins of Goju-Ryu were piqued, which led to him seeking out instruction in Okinawan Goju-Ryu. Russ’s desire to continue research on the origins and influences on Goju-Ryu has lead him to study Fujian and Hakka arts such as Five Ancestor (Ngo Cho Kun), White Eyebrow (Pak Mei), and White Crane Boxing styles. Russ is the head instructor at the Burinkan Dojo and makes periodic trips overseas to train Goju-Ryu and Kobudo in Okinawa, and Kung-fu in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, and across the USA. For Tambuli Media, he is co-translator of the Bible of Ngo Cho Kun and author of Principle-Driven Skill Development in Traditional Martial Arts.
Sifu Nigel Sutton is a martial artist with more than forty years of experience who has spent the last two decades living, training and teaching in Southeast Asia. The author of a number of books on the Asian martial traditions and a lineaged initiate in many of these systems, Nigel continues to research, through practice and participant observation, the martial traditions of the region. Working from his foundational knowledge and experience of the taijiquan of Cheng Man Ching Nigel has broadened the scope of his studies to include other Chinese martial arts, multiple styles of silat, traditional Filipino Eskrima (De Campo JDC-IO) and Thailand’s Krabi Krabong. Nigel holds instructor rankings, many of them at a senior grade in Taijiquan, Xingyiquan, Baguazhang, Liangshi Wushu, five styles of Silat, Eskrima DeCampo JDC-IO and Krabi Krabong. His current research is focused on the core elements common to all martial arts which constitute effective martial movement. For Tambuli Media he is author of the book, Wisdom of Taiji Masters.
WALTHER G. VON KRENNER
Sensei Walther G. Von Krenner has been practicing Aikido and other martial arts for more than half a century. He trained with Ueshiba Morihei and other well-known instructors, and has written several books about martial arts and East Asian art, including Aikido Ground Fighting. A Zen practitioner and accomplished artist, he currently resides in Kalispell, Montana, where he continues to train and teach. For Tambuli Media, von Krenner is author of the book Atemi: The Thunder and Lightning of Aikido and Following the Martial Path.
DR. MARK V. WILEY
Mark Wiley is a martial arts grandmaster, holistic healer, author, puiblisher and film producer. His interest in traditional health practices was not just a mere curiosity; he was looking for long-lasting relief from the debilitating migraines and chronic pain that plagued him from childhood. He began martial arts training in 1979 and the study of mind-body health practices in 1987. Since 1994, he has been conducting extensive training and research in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan. Dr. Mark has a Master’s in Health Care Management, and Doctorate’s in both Alternative Medicine and Oriental Medicine. He has authored 15 books and has served as editor of the publications, Martial Arts Illustrated, Martial Arts Legends, Tambuli, Martial Arts Masters Magazine, Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Quality of Life, and The Catalyst Review, and for the companies Tuttle Publishing, Agora Publishing, and Unique Publications. He is a heath contributor to Easy Health Options, The Healthy Back Institute, The Chinese Medicine Academy, The Pavilion Center, and is the CEO and publisher of Tambuli Media. For Tambuli he is author of Natural Solutions for Pain & Inflammation, Arthritis Reversed, Headaches Relieved, Mastering Eskrima Disarms, and Integrated Eskrima DLP Program, and the writer/producer of the feature film Made in Chinatown.
ZHOU KUN MIN
Grandmaster Zhou Kun MIn was born in Quanzhou City in Fujian province. In 1961 he started to train at the Quanzhou Wushu Research Society, and in 1963 he joined the Xiamen University Wushu Team, where he was trained by the celebrated martial arts masters of the Minnan area, including Master Dai Huo Yan, Lin Qi Yan, and Lin Du Ying. In the past, Master Zhou has assumed the position of Chief Editor for the “Quanzhou City Evening Newspaper” and the Secretary-General to the Communist Party Quanzhou Municipal Party Committee. He has also previously been Deputy Head to the Quanzhou City Standing Committee and was the Deputy Mayor to the Quanzhou City People’s government. Master Zhou is now enjoying his retirement. For Tambuli Media, he is author of the book, Quanzhou Taizuquan.