Masters’ Circle

Discover some of the world´s finest teachers and professionals of martial arts.

Do not forget that with efforts and perseverance you could be listed here someday!

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JungHo Lee

Discpline : Taekwondo
Resides : Raleigh, North Carolina
Early Life Master Lee began his Taekwondo training in Korea with his 5 other brothers in the small village where he grew up. Taekwondo Journey & Career Master Lee is the youngest of the six Lee Brothers teaching Taekwondo in America since 1988 in Raleigh, NC. He was the 1992 U.S. National...
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Mestre Eddy Murphy

Discpline : Capoeira
Resides : Macau, China
Early Life Edilson Almeida, known as Mestre Eddy Murphy, was born in 1967, São Paulo City, Brazil. At 11 years old, he started his Capoeira training with one of the great Brazilian Masters, Master Big Dinho. At 22 years old, he graduated from his training and began teaching in the...
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Carley Gracie

Discpline : Brazilian Jiu JItsu
Resides : San Francisco, California
Early Life  Grandmaster Carly is the 11th child of Carlos Gracie, and the last member of the Gracie family to be trained by his father. Carlos had spent many hours training alongside his father, and eventually decided to step down, handing Carley Gracie’s tuition to his older brother, Carlson Gracie. BJJ Journey &...
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Sergio Zimmermann

Discpline : Brazilian Jiu JItsu
Resides : München, Germany
Early Life Sergio Zimmerman was born on March 16, 1977. He began his martial arts journey at the age of 12, through Thai boxing. Three years later, through his regular play-fighting with a friend who practiced it, he discovered Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which would go on to become his life’s focus. BJJ Journey &...
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Mestre Fantasma

Discpline : Capoeira
Resides : Manila, Philippines
Early Life Alessandro De Azevedo Soares Coqueiro – popularly known as Mestre Fantasma – was born in Brazil. He started Capoeira at the age of 13 in Brazil at the SESC DF with Professor Oscar. Since then, he has never stopped practicing Capoeira. He received 8 trophies from the school: Athlete of the Year (1999),...
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Mestre Luizinho Barravento

Discpline : Capoeira
Resides : Gold Coast, Australia
Early life Mestre Luizinho was born in Salvador, Bahia. He is the son of Mestre Genione, a former student of the Great Master Bimba, and was the founder of Capoeira in the state of Queensland, Australia, in 1990. Mestre Luizinho was influenced by his Capoeira master father as early as the...
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Adam Shahir Kayoom

Discpline : Mixed Martial Arts
Resides : Bangkok, Thailand
Early Life Adam’s martial arts life began with Judo, after which he started Taekwondo to develop his striking skills. However, at the age of 18, he was involved in a street fight that ended on the ground, where his technical knowledge was deemed useless. That’s when he started to learn Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Martial Arts Career BJJ Adam...
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André Galvão

Discpline : Brazilian Jiu JItsu
Resides : San Diego, California, United States
Early Life André Galvão started his martial arts journey with Judo, switching to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after being influenced by his brother, who had already begun his BJJ training. Carlos Dagmar was André’s first coach. At the age of 16, two years into his training, André was advised by Master Dagmar to go and train...
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Rogério Leal Soares

Discpline : Northern Shaolin Kung Fu
Resides : Florianópolis, Brazil
Early Life Master Rogério Leal Soares began his martial arts journey in 1975. He started with Northern Shaolin Kung Fu in the KIDOKAN martial arts center in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Master Rogério’s first teacher was Lee Chung Deh, who in turn was taught by Grand Master Chan Wai Kowk, the founder of...
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Simon Leung

Discpline : Thai Chi/Thai Chí Chuan
Resides : Hong Kong
Early Life Simon Leung started his martial arts journey in China Town in Melbourne when he was 12. He first started with Hung Kuen and Southern Lion Dance. He has also studied other martial arts, such as Baguazhang, Aikido and Praying Mantis. After 6 years of learning different martial arts, he got...
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David Rawlings

Discpline : Longsword
Resides : London (United Kingdom)
Early Life David Rawlings has been studying martial arts from the age of 5. He studied Wing Chun for a long time before shifting to Historical Europrean Martial Arts (HEMA). Swordsman Journey & Career Dave has over 15 years’ experience teaching Western Swordsmanship.  He is a master in HEMA (Longsword). He is one...
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Mark Trotter

Discpline : Taekwondo
Resides : Auckland (New Zealand)
Early Life Mark started practicing Taekwondo at the age of 5 in 1990, under Phil Swanson, 4th Degree Black Belt. Mark was the first ever gold medalist from New Zealand in a Junior World Championship. Taekwondo Journey & Career Master Paul McPhail, now 8th Degree, examined Mark’s advancement to 1st Degree Black...
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Henry Chan

Discpline : Karate
Resides : Hong Kong
Henry Chan Early Life Henry began begin formal Budo training was with Judo in 1983 in Scotland. When he moved back to Hong Kong, he trained mainly in Goju-Ryu Karate for many years. He reached national team level but he never felt satisfied with his training. He proceeded to begin training in Kyokushin, Muay Thai and Wing Chun. Martial...
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Asasio Heimuli

Discpline : Kick Boxing
Resides : Auckland
Asasio Lolofakangalo, Known as Lolo Heimuli Full time coach (Balmoral Lee Gym and City Boxing gym)  Head Striking coach for Team Hunt: (UFC) since the end of 2011 KICK BOXING AND KICK BOXING COACH Achievements as a kick boxing fighter • 3 x New Zealand Open Martial arts champion •...
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Shintaro Nakano

Discpline : Judo
Resides : San Jose (California)
Early Life Shintaro Nakano is a 5th Dan Kodokan Black Belt born in Miyazaki, Japan. He started his Judo career at the age of five and from the very beginning learned the traditional beliefs and values of Judo. Judo Life & Career Shintaro was a Japan National Team member from 1998 to 2004 at...
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Clark Gracie

Discpline : Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Resides : San Diego
Early Life Clark started Jiu-Jitsu at the age of 10 at his father’s academy in San Francisco, California where he grew up, training with the adults as there were no kids at that time. At the age of 15 he accompanied his father to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he remained for the next...
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Steve Tappin

Discpline : Eskrima / Kali
Resides : London
Grandmaster Steve Tappin Founder of Escrima Concepts Martial Arts Journey Summary: I started my martial arts journey since I was a child. I trained Boxing, Wrestling and Karate for over 20 years, I have been a fight director and stunt coordinator and been bodyguard and taught Special Forces. But Escrima...
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Carl Van Roon

Discpline : Taekwondo
Resides : Auckland (New Zealand)
Carl Van Roon 10 x Martial Arts World Champion 2nd Degree blackbelt in ITF Taekwon-Do  2nd Degree blackbelt in WTF Taekwon-Do 3rd Degree blackbelt in Seishin-Ryu Karate  3rd Degree blackbelt Shorin-Ryu Seishinkan Karate 1st Degree blackbelt Ashihara Karate 1st Degree blackbelt World Association of Kickboxing Organisations Blue belt in BJJ...
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Shinjiro Sasaki

Discpline : Judo
Resides : Orlando (USA)
Early Life Shinjiro Sasaki started Judo at the age of six in his home town of Hiroshima, Japan. At the age of 18, he continued his study of the sport at the world renowned Kodokan, the home of Judo as established by Jigoro Kano, founder of Judo in 1882. Judo Journey & Career...
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Andre Cerutti Mestre Peixe

Discpline : Capoeira
Resides : Sydney (Australia)
Andre Cerutti “MESTRE PEIXE” Head Master and supervisor of Group Capoeira Brasil Sydney Founder and Artistic Director of Australian Capoeira Association Co- Director and Founder of International Capoeira College (CSF)

 Capoeira Master of Council Member from World Capoeira Federation 24 Years of Teaching Capoeira and in Australia since 1992 Mestre...
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Benno Wai

Discpline : Wing Chun / Wing Tsun
Resides : Amsterdam
Sifu Benno Wai At the age of 15 Benno started training in the martial arts, which led him to a diverse array of disciplines: Tae Kwon-do (2e dan), Kyokushin Karate, Judo, Aikido (under Aihara Sensei in Tokyo, Japan), Muay Thai (Panya Kraitus, Bangkok Muang Thai), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Black belt...
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Lok Wai Keung

Discpline : Toyama Ryu
Resides : Hong Kong
Early Life Mr. Lok started in the martial arts in 1995. Toyama Ryu Iaido is his first martial art, he was always fascinated by Japanese Swords so he started to learn it under Hataya Sensei who is the chairman of Zen Nihon Toyama Ryu Iaido Renmei Martial Art Journey &...
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Daniel Charles Pereira

Discpline : Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/BJJ
Resides : Hong Kong
Daniel Charles Perira Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 3rd Degree Black Belt  Head Coach in FFG Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Luis Franca > Oswaldo Fadda > Sebastião Ricardo > Wendell Alexander > Daniel Charles Pereira Daniel was born in Campos de Goitacazes, Rio de Janeiro in 1978.  At age...
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Sifu José C Casimiro

Discpline : Wing Chun /Wing Tsun
Resides : Alicante (Spain)
Martial Arts Journey Sifu José C Casimiro began his martial art journey at the age of 9 with Judo. Beginning at the age of 9 years practicing Judo. After the first exposed to Judo, Sifu Jose also got the chance to learn many different disciplines, such as Karate, Kick Boxing, Sambo, Brazilian...
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Michelle Nicolini

Discpline : Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / BJJ
Resides : Santos (Brazil)
Michelle Nicolini 8x Jiu Jitsu world champion Michelle Nicolini was born on the 1st of January, 1982, in the city of Itú – State of Sao Paulo – Brazil. Her chosen door of entry in the martial arts world was Capoeira, which she started at the age of 14. She...
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Esteban Bergara

Discpline : Aikido
Resides : Palma de Mallorca (España)
Early Life Esteban Begara, began his practice at the age of 9 years in the gym Mañes, under the direction of Diego Espinosa Roca. From an early age he showed an ease in learning and development of Aikido. At that time, following the line of Shihan Yasunari Kitaura. In 1990...
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Lionel Hugonnier

Discpline : Judo
Resides : Hong Kong
Lionel Hugonnier Lionel Hugonnier is a French judoka and ju jitsuka, fighting in the under 90 kg Judo, and Mid-Heavyweight (- 92 kg) in Ju Jitsu. Born in Lyon, it will be powered at INSEP after military service to the Battalion of Joinville in 1993. In 1994, he became one...
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Nima King

Discpline : Wing Chun
Resides : Hong Kong
Nima King Owner of Mindful Wing Chun Lineage: Ip Mam -> Chu Shong Tin -> Nima King Nima started practicing Wing Chun in Australia in Sifu Jim Fung’s Wing Chun Academy in 1998.  He came to Hong Kong in 2005 to continue his practice with Jim Fung’s master, Grandmaster Chu...
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Chris Collins

Discpline : Pekiti Tirsia Kali
Resides : Hong Kong
CHRIS COLLINS Athlete – Marine – Fighter – Teacher – Actor – Choreographer  Founder of Chris Collins Action Pekiti Tirsia Kali Master, only certified PTK instructor in Hong Kong Wing Chun Master Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Chris has spent 9 years in the United States Marine Corps as...
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Pedro Pacheco Fernandes

Discpline : Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / BJJ
Resides : Auckland (New Zealand)
Pedro Pacheco Fernandes 3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan Pacific Open weight Champion 2011 Head Coach in Tukaha Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pedro Pacheco Fernandes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1974. He started grappling Judo when he was 5 years old, though he changed to...
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Oscar Nevado

Discpline : Kickboxing
Resides : Vitoria (Spain)
Early Life Oscar Nevado born in Vitoria on March 8, 1980. It starts in the practice of Shotokan Karate school in 1988 Garibai Candido Ruiz de Vitoria, under the direction of Sensei Thomas War. At 15 he began to participate in competitions semi-contact karate (Shobu) getting different successes in regional...
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Marcus Kowal

Discpline : Krav Maga
Resides : Venice (California)
Marcus Kowal Black Belt 2nd Degree in Krav Maga Certified Krav Maga Instructor Owner and Lead Instructor at Systems Training Center Marcus Kowal borns in Gothenburg, Sweden, he started with Martial Arts at the age of 15. At that time, he was living in Birmingham, England and after experimenting with...
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James Kouame

Discpline : Full Contact
Resides : Ottawa (Ontario)
James “The Falcon” Kouame Black Belt 3rd Dan in full contact Karate(WMACE)  Black Belt 2nd Dan in Kyokushin Karate (IKO-Japan) Branch Chief of Kyokushin Karate Hong Kong 4 x World champion (2011,2010,2008,2007) – Kickboxing   James grew up studying a variety of martial arts such as Judo, Shotokan Karate, French...
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Mestre Pop

Discpline : Capoeira
Resides : Florianobolis (Brazil)
Mestre Pop Capoeira Master and Social Educator Lourival Fernando Alves Leite – better known as Mestre Pop – is a self-taught professional recognized for more than 40 years of work in the field of arts, culture and social projects on the island of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil. He has developed...
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KitDale BJJ

Discpline : Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / BJJ
Resides : Melbourne (Australia)
Kit Dale 2X World Pro BJJ Champion  Brazilian jiu-jitsu was Kit Dale’s first real taste of martial arts. He started training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in 2008 after training in an MMA gym and finding himself dominated on the ground. He decided he wanted to spend more time learning the...
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Scott Cheasley

Discpline : Arnis
Resides : Melbourne (Australia)
Scott Cheasley Founder and Head Instructor of Tactical Zen Combat Systems. Founder and Head Instructor of Zen Ki Bo Combatives. Black Belt 5th Dan in Taekwondo. Master Level in Arnis. Scott Cheasley began his Martial Arts journey in 1984. He studied Traditional Taekwondo under Mr Glenn Lee, the Head Instructor...
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Víctor Calvo

Discpline : Kung Fu
Resides : Toledo (Spain)

Pui Yee

Discpline : Wing Chun / Wing Tsun
Resides : Hong Kong
Sifu Pui Yee Notable student of Grandmaster Wan Kam Leung Under the lineage of Ip Man Pui Yee’s Martial Arts journey began in 1993 when she started studying Wing Chun in Denmark. In 1997 to 1999, she studied Wing Chun and Eskrima full time in order to become a licensed...
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Rodrigo Caporal

Discpline : Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / BJJ
Resides : Hong Kong
Rodrigo Caporal Black Belt 2nd degree in BJJ Rodrigo started relatively late in jiu jitsu. He began his training when he was 18 years old initially as a hobby, but quickly fell in love with the sport and began entering competitions shortly after. His first coaches were Omero and Simone...
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Nelson Court

Discpline : Karate
Resides : Caracas (venezuela)

Fernando Junior

Discpline : Capoeira
Resides : Hong Kong
Fernando Junior  Capoeira Red Belt Master and BJJ 1st Degree Black Belt Fernando Junior has been involved with Martial Arts since 1988 and brings over 26 years experience. He started his journey in Martial Arts through his father “ Mestre Pop” a renowned Capoeira Master in his hometown of Florianopolis...
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Master Titan

Discpline : Tai Chi / Tai Chi Chuan / Taichí
Resides : Hong Kong
Master Titan Vincent Lam Tai Chi Therapist  16th Disciple of Wudang San Feng Pai Tai Chi Master Founder of Society of Tai Chi Therapy Black Belt 3rd Dan in Taekwondo Head Coach at Titan Combat Master Titan Vincent Lam started his Martial Arts life when he was 5 years old....
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Stephen Yeung

Discpline : Kung Fu
Resides : Hong Kong
Master Stephen Yeung Ka-fai (楊家輝), has been in love with martial arts since he was a little child. At 14, he began learning –Seven Stars Mantis (七星螳螂) with Master Alexander Tse Wing-ming (謝永銘); –Eagle Claw (鷹爪番子門), Pak Shing Choi Lee Fut (北勝蔡李佛) and North & South Lion Dance(南北獅藝) with Master Cheung...
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Mario Schembri

Discpline : AMM/ MMA/ Mixed Martial Arts/ Artes Marciales Mix-
Resides : Hong Kong
FRANCISCO MARIO MARINHO “MARIO PIMBA” 26 – 4 Professional MMA Record When Mario was young, he was already very interested in action movies, gradually he was inspired by the determination and discipline of Mixed Martial Art fighters. He then started off in Taekwondo and not long after he began training...
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Robert Parmakovski

Discpline : Jeet Kune Do
Resides : Melbourne (Australia)
Robert Parmakovski International Karate Champion Founder of RPI Academy Instructor in Jeet Kune Do, Kali, BJJ, Muay Thai, Karate, Wing Chun and Self-Defense Robert Parmakovski’s martial arts journey began in 1979 studying Japanese Shotokan Karate under Sensei Savvas which transcended into full contact kickboxing. At 15 years old he became...
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Virgil Kalakoda

Discpline : Boxing
Resides : Sydney (Australia)
Virgil Kalakoda The Conqueror Boxing Champion Virgil “The Conqueror” Kalakoda  is a South African welterweight boxer and kickboxer, fighting out of Full Body Impact Gym inSydney, Australia. Virgil grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. His dad Steve Kalakoda was a boxer and he used to go to the gym...
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Vuyisile Colossa

Discpline : Muay Thai
Resides : Hong Kong
Vuyisile Colossa The Cheetah Championships and accomplishments 2014 International Professional Combat Council(IPCC) 73 kg Champion 2012 World Muay Thai Council(WMC) I-1 Champion 2011 World Muay Thai Council(MAD) Champion 2010 King’s Cup Finalist 2010 WLF World Champion 2002 Ring Contact Fighting Art International Champion and South African Welterweight Kickboxing Champion Former...
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Sunny So

Discpline : Taekwondo
Resides : Hong Kong
Sunny So, Taekwondo Black Belt 7th Dan Qualifications: – Level 3 International Coach Qualification of WTF Poomsae – International WTF Poomsae Referee Qualification – Senior Kata Judge of Hong Kong Taekwondo Association – Instructor of Hong Kong Taekwondo Coaching Committee (LEVEL 3) – Korean Kukkiwon Foreigner Coach Level 3 Qualification...
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Wan Kam Leung

Discpline : Wing Chun / Wing Tsun
Resides : Hong Kong (China)
Founder of ¨Practical Wing Chun¨ 2015 – Certified as Supreme Grand Master in Wing Chun by the World Personal Martial Arts Federation 2008 – Hall of Fame, Sifu of the year by World Ving Tsun Grand Master Wan Kam Leung (later called GM Wan) was born in 1945 in Po On...
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Igor Shmygin

Discpline : Aikido
Resides : Kiev, Ukraine (Ukraine
President of Aikido Aikikai Association of Ukraine  Honored Coach of Ukraine Experience * Helped create Aikido Federations of Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, (Aikido Federations of Altai, Sakhalin Island, Karelia, The Far East, Moscow Region), Armenia, Georgia * 6th Dan was assigned in Kagamibiraki (2013), was recommended by Motohiro Fukakusa...
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Alain Ngalani

Discpline : Muay Thai
Resides : Hong Kong
Alain Ngalani Fighter Nickname: The Panther Four-time Muay Thai World Champion (2011, 2009, 2006, 2004) Owner of Impakt Gym -Kru and black prajied in Muay Thai - Black belt in Judo -2nd degree black belt in Koshiki Karatedo -Black belt in Kyokushin Karate -Black belt in Shotokan Karate -Blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu Alain...
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Kenryu Sekiguchi

Discpline : Naginatajutsu
Resides : Madrid (España)
CURRÍCULO MARCIAL –    Representante para España de Musô Jikiden Eishin Ryû iaijutsu. Nombrado Sekiguchi Kenryû por el 21º sucesor Sekiguchi Takaaki Komei sensei. –    Representante para España de Ryôen Ryû naginatajutsu. Nombrado Ryôen Ryûko por la líder Shimizu Nobuko sensei. –    Primer español en participar en el Oshogatsu Hônô Embukai...
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