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Shihan Sid Castaneda
At a young age Shihan Castaneda realized that one style of martial arts would not be effective against all forms of attack. So he started learning as much as he could from as many people who would teach him. Shihan Castaneda has studied from some of the top Martial Artists in the world and is now a very accomplished Martial Artist and instructor himself. He has black belt rank in several different Martial Art systems. Shihan has studied Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo, Arnis / Kali / Eskrima, Kenpo Karate, Shootfighting, Muay Thai, San Soo Gung Fu, Judo, Jujitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido, Wrestling and Boxing. He has been practicing martial arts for over 34 years now.

Shihan Castaneda studied Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo under Hanshi Bruce Juchnik (22nd inheritor of Kosho Ryu Kempo from James M. Mitose). He studied the Filipino Stick and Knife Arts under Guro George Santana. What Hanshi and Guro has taught him has also enhanced all the other forms of martial arts Shihan has learned throughout the years. He realized that it is not about how many techniques you know. It's about understanding natural law. Your body can only move in its natural way. If you understand this, it doesn't matter what techniques you use. They all can be very effective.

When he is not busy singing/performing or producing, Shihan is still trying to learn as much as he can, even though Shihan no longer competes. He says, "You do not want to develop a prejudice to one art, they all have there strengths and weaknesses. One arts weakness can be another arts strength. Use what is useful to you and always look for the Similarities among the Arts".

Shihan Castaneda is a member of The Sei Kosho Shorei Kai International and The Martial Arts Collective Society.

Shihan has learned so much from Hanshi and Guro and will be forever grateful to them for their wisdom, guidance, and for teaching him their art.


Hanshi Bruce Juchnik
10th Dan Kosho Shorei Ryu Kempo

Hanshi Bruce Juchnik is the 22nd
Inheritor of Kosho Ryu Kempo
from James M. Mitose. He holds
Black Belt rank in over 20 different
Styles and Master level in over 10
of these.

He serves as the Director of the Sei
Kosho Shorei Kai International and
is the President of the Martial Arts
Collective Society.

Hanshi is striving for unity in the
martial arts world. He brings together
leaders of several styles to further
improve the community of the martial
arts by holding "The Gathering" annually.
Martial Arts Practitioners of different
styles conduct training seminars and
can build friendship within the arts.

Hanshi also serves as the President
of the American Filipino & Indonesian
Martial Arts Association Majut Payat.

Guro George Santana
Guro George Santana is the current head of Sala
de Armas Diestro Escrima. Guro Santana has
vast knowledge of the Filipino Stick and Knife
Arts coupled with Spanish and French Sword
Fighting. Guro Santana has learned from the
best, being a personal student of Remy Presas
of Modern Arnis, Angel Cabales of Serrada
Escrima, and also studied Kosho
Shorei Ryu to name a few.

Greg Gram
5th Degree Kenpo Karate

Greg Gram is a fifth degree Black belt under
Al Tracy and a certified Shootfighting
instructor under retired World Champion
Bart Vale

Chun Lee Woo
8th Degree Black Belt - Tae Kwon Do
and Hapkido

Master Chun Lee Woo is an 8th
degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon
Do and Hapkido. Master Chun
Lee was one of Sensei's first
teachers in the martial arts.

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