SNAKE BLOCKER & Affiliate Instructors
"Martial Arts is a lifestyle, but it is first a mindset " - Snake Blocker
-Child of God Almighty, Subject to His Son, The King of Kings, Jesus Christ
-Husband to Melissa. Father to their four children: Sierra Ravin, Serenity Violet, Hunter Asher Talon, and Zander Colt Saber.
-Training multiple disciplines (Jeet Kune Do & Affiliate Arts) since the late 1970s.
-United States Navy Veteran (Kuwait/Iraq/Afghanistan Tours & USNS Mercy (Naval Hospital Ship) Tour)
-United States Navy Retired (Active & Reserve time: 20 years total)
Tribal Member - Lipan Ápấchề Tribe of Texas (Tribal ID #1229)
Heron Warrior Clan under the Sun Otter Band of the Lipan Apache Tribe (Apache Nation)
Colorado Technical University (CTU), Colorado
Bachelor of Science Degree in Management - Magna Cum Laude (3.88 GPA - Denver Campus)
Master of Science Degree in Project Management (3.98 GPA - Denver Campus)
Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (July 2024 expected graduation - Colorado Springs Campus)
Colorado Guard/Security Officer:
Armed Security Officer: 1. US Security & Associates (2009), 2. Advantage Security (2007), 3. HSS Security, Tarian Corp. (2007-present),
Unarmed Security Officer: Global Security
Guard License: Denver (2006-2007)
LOCATIONS: Citywide Bank, Denver Arts Museum, Denver Indian Center, Denver Convention Center, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Parker Adventist Hospital, Advent Health Southlands ER, Bear Shopping Center, Gates Corporation, and Fan Expo Event (Celebrity-VIP Security).
Bails Bonds Enforcer (Bounty Hunter)
Los Angeles, California (worked for cousin via Shane Blocker Bail Bonds)
Afghanistan War Zones (Four Horseman International (FHI))
Los Angeles, California (Night Club Party Events, Holiday Events, Restaurant Events, Private Party security)
Law Enforcement Officer Training
State of Colorado - Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST Certified)
"Had an awesome time learning from you Snake! your knife system is awesome! Simple to learn but deadly effective! I look forward to seeing you again in the future Brother!" - Mitch Jenkins (North Carolina- USA)
Nedeh'ee nah'ha (Apache word for blessings):
All blessings and honors come from Above. "To God be the Glory, great things HE hath done."
Bruce Lee's Martial Arts - Jeet Kune Do (JKD) - Jun Fan Gung Fu (credentials)
Certified Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do & Jeet Kune Do Concepts (Hawaii Wu Shu Institute)
Received from James Demiles (R.I.P.), Kai Li, Gary Dill, Dennis Eli, and Guy Chase (Oahu, Hawaii, Kansas-USA, & California-USA). James Demiles was one of Bruce Lee's early students. Kai Li, Gary Dill, Dennis Eli, and Guy Chase are all Master Level and Full Instructors in Bruce Lee's Martial Arts.
Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Fellowship
Received from Gary Dill, Guy Chase, Kai Li, Jill Hernandez
Certified Affiliate Level 1 - Jun Fan Gung Fu - Seattle Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute/Taky Kimura Lineage
Received from Andy Kimura (Washington-USA). Andy Kimura (Sifu) is the son of Taky Kimura (Sifu). Taky was Bruce Lee's best friend and highest ranked student in Jun Fan Gung Fu. Snake Blocker trained with Taky Kimura, Andy Kimura, Chris Kent (1st Gen under Dan Inosanto, who ran Bruce Lee's Los Angeles academy), and Burton Richardson (under Dan Inosanto) at the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute Instructor's Conference.
Certified Apprentice Instructor - Jeet Kune Do / Jun Fan Martial Arts
Certified Apprentice Instructor - Los Angeles Chinatown Jeet Kune Do - Da Inosanto Lineage
Received from Tim Tackett (California/Kansas-USA). Snake Blocker trained with Tim Tackett in Bruce Lee's martial art. Tim Tackett is a 1st generation Bruce Lee student under Dan Inosanto and he was the main instructor at the 22nd Annual Jeet Kune Do Gathering at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts.
Certified Level 5 Full Instructor - Jeet Kune Do Street Fighting System - Joe Lewis & Larry Hartsell Lineage
Charter School Certificate - Jeet Kune Do Street Fighting System: Blocker Academy of Martial Arts
Received from Rick Mullinax (North Carolina-USA). Rick Mullinax trained under Larry Hartsell and Joe Lewis (Hartsell and Lewis were students of Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do).
Progressive Fighting System (PFS)/Vunak Fighting System (VFS)- Contemporary Jeet Kune Do (CJKD) - Paul Vunak Lineage
Descendant of the Masters (DOM) Group (Inner Circle)
Certified Energy Drills/Weapons Instructor
Certified Clinch-Ground Instructor
Certified Knife Fighting Instructor
Certified Law Enforcement Instructor
Certified Rapid Assault Tactics (RAT)/('Golden Goose' model) Instructor
Certified Senior Full Instructor Jeet Kune Do & Filipino Martial Arts instructor
Certified Senior Full Instructor Asymmetric System
Received from Paul Vunak (California & Nevada-USA). JKD Instructor Page Snake Blocker trained with Paul Vunak via semi-private lessons and seminars in California over the years. Paul Vunak trained under Dan Inosanto (1st Generation Bruce Lee student). Additional Instructor Certificate witness signers on Senior Instructor Certificates: Rod Kei (Ch'ng Mo Academy), Bill "Super Foot" Wallace, Chris Kent (Chris Kent Jeet Kune Do), Gary Dill (Jeet Kune Do Association), Kai Li (Elite Fighting System), and Guy Chase (Guy Chase Academy).
Note: PFS/VFS-CJKD Core Instructor Levels are as follow: LEVEL 1: Apprentice Instructor, LEVEL 2: Phase I Instructor, LEVEL 3: Full Instructor, & LEVEL 4: Senior Instructor, LEVEL 5: Senior Full Instructor. Snake Blocker has completed all of Paul Vunak's instructor courses (1999-present).
Jeet Kune Do Co-Instructor - Los Angeles Jeet Kune Do Academy/Dan Inosanto Lineage
Under Ron Robles (R.I.P.) (California-USA). Snake Blocker worked with Ron Robles teaching Jeet Kune Do at Rolling Hills Covenant Church (RHCC) for the TNT Group in 2002/2003. Ron Robles (RIP) was a Senior Instructor at the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts. Ron Robles was a personal friend to Dan Inosanto (1st Generation Bruce Lee student).
Certified Master Instructor - Jeet Kune Do Combatives - Oakland Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute/James Lee Lineage
Instructor License - Jeet Kune Do Combatives
Received from Gary Dill, Jill Hernandez, and Thomas Caldwell (Oklahoma/Kansas-USA). Gary Dill is a 1st generation Bruce Lee student under James Lee (RIP), who ran Bruce Lee's Oakland California Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute. Gary Dill was the main instructor at the 24th & 26th Annual and Guest Instructor at the 27th Annual Jeet Kune Do Gathering at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts. Jill Hernandez and Tom Caldwell (RIP) are Senior Jeet Kune Do Instructors (Sifu). Additional Witnesses: Sifu Kainoa Li and Sifu Chris Kent were present during the promotion.
Certified Coach - Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do Grappling - Larry Hartsell Lineage (via Elite Training Systems Academy of Hawaiian Self Defense)
Received from Kainoa Li, (Kansas-USA, Colorado-USA, California-USA & Oahu-Hawaii - USA). Kainoa Li is a Certified Instructor under Larry Hartsell, Richard Bustillo, James DeMiles, Andrew Kimura and others. Snake Blocker and Kainoa have spent countless hours training together. Kainoa Li is one of Snake Blocker's inner circle friends.
Certified Phase 4 Advance/Instructor - Dark Gift Jeet Kune Do (DGJKD) - Vunak Lineage
Received from Carlos Eric Bentzen (California-USA). Snake Blocker trained in Jeet Kune Do under Carlos Eric Bentzen via seminars in California and co-taught a seminar with him in California. Carlos Eric Bentzen is a Progressive Fighting System Jeet Kune Do instructor, ranked under Paul Vunak and Thomas Cruise.
Jeet Kune Do Seminar Certificates
Received from Dan Inosanto (Colorado-USA). Dan Inosanto , original Bruce Lee Student and designated instructor under Bruce Lee. He was also one of Bruce Lee's closest friends (Snake Blocker trained in Jeet Kune Do at the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts, California for a few months and continued his training via private lessons and seminars for years with Dan Inosanto's Academy instructors. Dan Inosanto would come to Blocker Academy of Martial Arts often and take private lessons from Roger Machado in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Roger Machado subleased part of the Blocker Academy of Martial Arts and called it Roger Machado Jiu Jitsu Academy. Snake Blocker also attended multiple seminars.
"Thank you sir! Your seminar was excellent, [I] enjoyed how you told the History!" - Terry Gruel (Indiana-USA)
Thailand Martial Arts - Muay Thai - Thai Boxing (credentials)
United States Muay Thai Association (USMTA):
USMTA Honor Award Gold Shield/Badge & Certificate
3rd person worldwide to receive the USMTA Honor Badge
Appointed Official USMTA Muay Thai Judge & Referee - Official Gold Shield/Badge
USMTA Certificate of Appreciation
Received from Clint Heyliger (New York-USA). Clint Heyliger is the President of the USMTA, one of the largest and oldest Muay Thai/Thai Boxing organization in the world. Snake Blocker has been affiliated with Clint Heylinger for years and they have done several projects together, including creating the NAL logo and USMTA Military League logo; representing and presenting the USMTA NAL flag at Crazy Horse Memorial and the Standing Rock Water Protectors gathering;; and promoting the USMTA in USA, Australia, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Native American League (NAL) under the United States Muay Thai Association (USMTA):
Appointed National & International Director of the Native American League (NAL 2018)
(The NAL is the oldest and largest 1st Nation/Native American Muay Thai organization in the world).
Appointed Vice President of the Native American League (NAL 2016) - Certificate #0609201622
Appointed USA & International Representative
Designated Muay Kru Yai (Fully Licensed Muay Thai Instructor) - License #0609201623NAMTA
Appointed Director Ápấchề Nation/Lipan Ápấchề Director - NAL
NAL Certificate of Appreciation
Received from Ric "Lek Suer" Sniffen, Robin A. Sniffen, and Clint Heyliger (New York-USA). Under the USMTA umbrella, Ric Sniffen was the NAL Director, up till 2017.
Confederacao Brasileira De Kickboxing Tradicional Brazil Master's Council (CBKBT):
Designated Muay Thai Kru Suuan (Master Instructor) Diploma (#CBKBT-852-USA/BRAZIL)
Honor of Merit Diploma - Muay Thai/Thai Boxing
Hall Da Fama Brasileiro (Brazilian Martial Arts Hall of Fame) - Muay Thai/Thai Boxing
15th Khan (Step/Level) - Muay Thai/Thai Boxing
Appointed Senior Instructor - Muay Thai/Thai Boxing
Received/Inducted from Carlos Silva and Joao Pessoa (Brazil and Utah-USA). Carlos Silva is the liaison for the America Latino - International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA) and Confederacao Brasileira De Kickboxing (CBKBT).
Saksithaawk Pontawee Camp International:
14th Khan (Step/Level) - Muay Thai/Thai Boxing
Designated Muay Kru Yai (Fully Licensed Instructor) - License #090620162220-USA
Received from Ric "Lek Suer" Sniffen, Robin A. Sniffen, Clint Heyliger, and Por Channorons Pontawee (Colorado-USA).
Certified Level 10/Red Armband Instructor - Muay Thai/Thai Boxing
Received from Frediun 'Iceman' Younossi (New Jersey and California-USA). Frediun "Iceman" Younossi, former World Champion Kickboxer, was an instructor at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, California and Perth Amboy Kickboxing, New Jersey where Snake Blocker trained and sparred with him.
Licensed Professional Boxer (for Kickboxer & Thai Boxer events)
Received (via California & Nevada State Licensing and Mexico Boxing Commissions) from Muay Thai/Thai Boxing Promoters via recommendations from Steve Rodarte (California-USA) , Doug Dickey (California-USA & Mexico) & Lorenzo Rodriques (California-USA). Steve Rodarte was a former World Champion Kickboxer. Snake Blocker trained with Steve Rodarte via private and group Muay Thai classes in Whittier, California and Steve Rodarted was Snake Blocker's corner man [Second] for some of his amateur fights and pro fights. Lorenzo Rodriques was a former World Champion Kickboxer. Snake Blocker did private and group kickboxing classes with Lorenzo Rodriques at Lorenzo's El Monte Kickboxing Gym, El Monte, California. Lorenzo Rodriques was also Snake Blocker's corner man [Second] for some of his amateur and pro fights. Rod Kei & Doug Dickey were both former World Champion Kickboxers who also were corner men [Seconds] for some of his amateur and pro fights. Snake Blocker trained under Rod Kei for many years from Smoker Fights to Pro Fights.
"Thank you, sir. It was a pleasure learning from and training with you." - Clay Lewis (Mississippi-USA)
Hall of Fame & Grand Master Awards/Recognitions (credentials)
American Martial Arts Alliance Foundation Who's Who in the Martial Arts Legacy
Inducted at The Orleans, Las Vegas (2023) with Honored Guest, Cynthia Rothrock, World Champion Kickboxer.
Inclusion in the Who's Who in Martial Arts Cynthia Rothrock Legacy Book and the New Future Leader Edition
Received by Jessie Bowen (Nevada-USA).
Grandes Metres Das Artes Marciais (Martial Arts Grand Master (GM))
Received from Erich Froman World University Inc. by Jose Austo Maciel Torres, PhD (Brazil), and from Bueno Editora Grarde Mestre by Dr. H.C. Fabio Amador Bueno. Snake Blocker received during his 24th Annual Jeet Kune Do & Affiliate Arts Seminar/Gathering alongside Gary Dill (GM) and Carlos Silva (GM).
Masters of Martial Arts Award - Pioneer in Martial Arts
Masters of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame
Inducted at Martial Arts Kung Fu & Karate Expo 9th, 10th, 11th, & 16th Annual (2015, 2016, 2017, 2022)
Received from Cliff Kupper (New Jersey-USA).
Philadelphia Martial Arts Society (PHMAS) Hall of Fame
Inducted at PHMAS Hall of Fame Banquet (Class of 2015 - Inductee #169)
Received from Paul Cheng (New Jersey-USA). Jackie Chan was also inducted into the PHMAS Hall of Fame.
VITA SAANA/BITMA Martial Arts Hall of Fame
Inducted at VITA SAANA & Blacks in the Martial Arts (BITMA) Historical Legacy awards Banquet, 2015 - 2nd Annual African Martial Arts Banquet (special recognition to non-blacks). Received from J.C. Mwanzo Mwalimu (New Jersey-USA)
Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honor (AMAM Medal of Honor):
Ambassador of Goodwill to the Martial Arts (2016)
Outstanding Achievements in the Martial Arts (2017)
Esteemed Modern Warrior (2018)
Inducted by The Board of Directors of Action Martial Arts Magazine. Received from Alan Goldberg (New Jersey-USA).
In Hoc Signo Vinces Hall of Fame
Outstanding Contribution to the Martial Arts (3rd Annual - 2022)
Inducted by Bruno Robelo (Caldas da Rainha-Portugal). "In Hoc Signo Vinces " is a Latin phrase conventionally translated into English as "In this sign thou shalt conquer." Received with other friends, Professors, Grandmasters & Masters including: Chris Kent, Gary Dill, Kainoa Li, Joong K Nam, Rick Alemany, and Margaret Alemany.
R.A.V.E.N. Tactical Hall of Fame
R.A.V.E.N. Tactical Military Combatives Instructor of the Year
R.A.V.E.N. Tactical Colorado Representative
Nominated/Inductee/Awarded 2011 (Afghanistan). Received from R.A.V.E.N. Directors.
"Thanks heaps, for supporting Fighters Against Child Abuse Australia (F.A.C.A.A).!" - Adam Washbourne (Australia)
Kenpo Karate - Kajukenbo Karate - Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) - Combative Arts (credentials)
4th Degree Black Belt - Kenpo Karate
Kenpo Instructor's License/Certificate/Membership (Association Code: IKKA-120555)
Received from Patrick Salantri, 8th Dan Advisor/Professor; Joseph Whelan, 6th Dan President/Professor; Tim Bulot, 10th Dan Senior Master/Vice-President;
Paul Britton, 10th Dan Senior Master/CEO; Johnnie Peetoom, 10th Dan Master/Board Member; Jose Garay Mancilla, 9th Dan Master/Chile Director; Christopher Lussier, 10th Dan Senior Master/Board Member; Brian Antak, 10th Senior Master/Executive Vice-President; and Mark Reding, 6th Dan/Professor.
Alemany Karate School
4th Degree Black Belt - Kenpo Karate (AKA: Mitoysa Chinese Kempo - Kenpo JiuJitsu - Shora Ryu Karate)
Received from Rick Alemany, Senior Grand Master (California-USA). Rick Alemany is a 10th Degree Black Belt with black belt lineage under several of the top Grandmasters. SGM Rick Alemany received his 1st Dan Black Belt directly from Grandmaster Ed Parker. Ed Parker was Elvis Presley's bodyguard and Karate Instructor, and he is credited as being responsible for making Karate mainstream in the USA.
4TH Degree Black Belt - Presas Filipino Arnis
Received from Rick Alemany. Rick Alemany received his black belts directly from Remy Presas. The Presas family is credited as being responsible for bring Filipino Martial Arts mainstream in the USA.
Certified Level 1 Instructor - Kajukenbo
Black Belt - Kajukenbo
Received from Rick Alemany, Witnesses: Kainoa Li, Donald Cummins, and Patrick Campbell (California & Oahu-Hawaii). Rick Alemany is a Senior Grand Master. He also spent some time with Bruce Lee. Kainoa Li is Professor and high ranking Dan. Don Cummins is a Grand Master. Patrick Campbell is a retired Army Special Forces member and Black Belt. Snake Blocker also was ranked and trained with Dean Goldade via private lesson and seminar. Snake Blocker hosted Dean Goldade and W. Hock Hochheim at a seminar at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, California. Dean Goldade is a high ranking black belt in Kajukenbo under 3rd Generation Kajukenbo Master, Brian Yoshii, He also holds high ranks under W. Hock Hochheim and holds ranks in Jeet Kune Do).
Black Belt (Shodan) - Karate Division (Certificate # K-430) - Kenpo JuJitsu (#4411)
Received from Daniel Saragosa, Mel Cansibog, Stephanie Raymondo, Mindy DeCastro, Kainoa Li and Scott Horiuchi (Hawaii-USA)
Force Necessary (FN) - Scientific Fighting System (SFS)/Scientific Fighting Congress (SFC):
Certified Close Quarters Combatives-Concepts Group (CQCG) Instructorship Level 10 - Military Recognition, Security Recognition, Martial Arts Black Belt Recognition (Awarded for completion of levels 1-10 in Empty Hand, Knife, Stick & Gun)
6th Degree Black Belt (Level 15) - Knife-Counter Knife [Combatives-Concept] - Force Necessary Knife & Congress of American Knife Fighters
4th Degree Black Belt (Level 13) - American Combat Kempo Karate-Jiu-Jitsu - The Hochheim Method
4th Degree Black Belt (Level 13) - Unarmed Hand/Counter Hand [Combatives-Concepts] - Force Necessary Hand
Phase 11 (Level 11) - Defender Police Judo - Force Necessary Hand/Impact Weapon/Gun
3rd Degree Black Belt (Level 12) - Pacific Archipelago Combatives-Concepts (PAC) & Essential Filipino Martial Arts (Kali/Escrima/Combat Arnis) - Grand Master Remy Presas Method/Grand Master Ernesto Presas Method
2nd Degree Black Belt (Level 11) - Stick/Counter Stick Impact Weapon [Combatives Concept]- Force Necessary Stick
(Originally named: (SDMS) Solo/Double Mano System (Solo/Double-Handed Stick/Crane/Baton/Long Gun)
Black Belt (Level 10) - Gun/Counter Gun [Combatives-Concepts] - Force Necessary Gun
Listed as USA Close Quarters Combat Certified Instructors
Received from W. Hock Hochheim (Texas/California/Tennessee/Kansas/Colorado-USA). Snake Blocker began training with W. Hock Hochheim in the mid 1990s in Texas, California, Kansas, and Colorado-USA and Snake Blocker has hosted Hock at all three Blocker Academy of Martial Arts locations in Kansas, California and Colorado. W. Hock Hochheim holds many black belts and instructor rankings in various arts (including Jeet Kune Do) and he received his 2nd and 3rd Degree Black Belts from Remy A. Presas Sr and Ernesto A. Presas Sr (Founders of Modern Combat Arnis). W. Hock Hochheim and Snake Blocker taught together at many seminars in Texas, California, Kansas and Colorado over the years.
8th Degree Black Belt - Balisong Knife Fighting
4th Degree Black Belt Researcher - Martial Arts Research Society (MARS) for Kung Fu [Gung Fu]
Universal Balisong Society Vice President (1998-2004)
Level 2 - Defensive Tactic Division Close-Quarters Combat "Surviving Edge Weapons" - McCurry's Martial Arts Research Society
Received from John McCurry (California-USA). John McCurry was an instructor at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, California for many years. Snake Blocker and John McCurry would train each other and co-teach daily (sometimes late into the night). John McCurry is ranked in Balisong Knife Fighting, empty hand and other weapon arts from Kazja Patschull, Felix Mercado, and W. Hock Hochheim. Snake Blocker is the highest ranked student under John McCurry in Balisong Knife Fighting. John McCurry was also ranked in Silat under Vinctor de Thouars.
Gung Fu (AKA: Kung Fu) - American Kickboxing - Judo - Kenjutsu (credential)
Certified Instructor/Judan/Dark Red Hachimaki - Shinto-Ryu Kenjutsu
4th Degree Black Belt/Sash - Modern Sil Lum Gung Fu
Received from Frediun 'Iceman' Younossi (New Jersey and California-USA).
Instructor & USA Representative - Ch'ng Mo (Fluid Art) Kickboxing (American Kickboxing, Judo, Muay Thai, and Savate [Saˈvat])
Instructor & Representative - Ch'ng Mo (Fluid Art) Gung Fu (Hung Gar foundation)
Received from Rod Kei (California-USA). Rod Kei is a former 3x World Champion Kickboxer, Metro Judo Champion & Savate [Saˈvat] French World Cup Champion, and Black Belt and Metro Champion in Judo. Rod Kei & Snake Blocker were former roommates (Rowland Heights, California); they worked together as Personal Trainers at Nautilus Aerobics Plus (Torrance, California); and were 50/50 Business Partners of Academy of Martial Arts (Palos Verdes, California). Snake Blocker began training with Rod Kei in 1992 via private lessons in California. Rod Kei is one of Snake Blocker's inner circle friends.
Blue Belt (Rokukyu (6th Kyu/Level) - Kodokan Judo
Received from Mark Muranaka, Rokudan/6th Degree Black Belt, Gold Medalist for three consecutive years at the Senior National Championship and US President (2020) of The United States Judo Federation (USJF), Dean Shiraki, 5th Degree Black Belt, and Kainoa Li, 4th Degree Black Belt, Kailua Seidokan Judo Club (Oahu, Hawaii-USA). Alos ranked and trained under Rod Kei, Ch'ng Mo Academy & Academy of Martial Arts (California-USA)
French Martial Arts (FMA): French Foot-Fighting/Savate/Boxe Française (credentials)
Moniteur (Instructor Level 2 Master)
Silver Glove/Gant d'Argent (Level 6) - Savate/Boxe Française (French Foot-Fighting [Saˈvat])
Received from nine Silver Glove Signers: Nicolas Saignac, Former Savate Champion (California-USA), Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee's most senior Jeet Kune Do student (California-USA), Ezequias Gonçalves Dos Santos Junior (Brazil), Giuliano G. Alves (Brazil), Alexandre Luiz Silva (Brazil), Guy Chase (Massachusetts-USA), and Chris Kent (Idaho-USA), Jean-Pierre Julemont, Former Savate World Champion (Belgium), and Rod Kei, Savate World Cup Champion and 1st American to win against the French in Combat (Full Contact Savate) (California-USA).
Note: There must be a minimum of 3 Silver Glove signers on a Silver Glove promotion certificate.
(Ezequias Gonçalves Dos Santos Junior is owner of the Ezequias Gonçalves Boxe Française Savate Club in Brazil. Guy Chase is a Professeur Silver Glove, Bronze Glove (trained under Salem Assli), Jeet Kune Do Instructor under Dan Inosanto, and owner of Guy Chase Academy of Martial Arts. Chris Kent is a Silver Glove, Bronze Glove (trained under Salem Assli), and Jeet Kune Do Instructor under Dan Inosanto, and owner of Chris Kent Jeet Kune Do. Snake Blocker was also ranked (Silver Glove & Moniteur) and trained under Nicolas Saignac (California-USA). Snake Blocker attended Nicolas Saignac's Savate [Saˈvat] classes at Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts and trained via private lessons & seminars at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, California and Kansas. Nicolas Saignac was ranked as a Savate [Sa'vat] Silver Glove (GAT 2) in France and is a former French Savate [Sa'vat] Champion. Snake Blocker considers Nicolas Saignac as the best Savate [Saˈvat] instructor in the USA. Additionally, Snake Blocker was ranked and trained with Justou Laurent (France and California-USA). Jusou Laurent is a former French Savate [Saˈvat] Champion and Savate [Saˈvat] Silver Glove. Jusou Laurent visited Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, California and worked with Snake Blocker on his Savate [Saˈvat] levels). Snake Blocker and Rod Kei worked together and opened up a Salle (Club) together. Snake Blocker also hosted Jean-Pierre Julemont to come to Colorado and Kansas and teach at his Salle (Club). Dan Inosanto is a living lengend and he is ranked in more martial arts than anyone in the world, including receiving a Silver Glove and receiving private lessons from Salem Assli and Nicolas Saignac.
Certified Coach - Savate/Boxe Française (French Foot-Fighting [Saˈvat])
Certified Official - Savate/Boxe Française (French Foot-Fighting [Saˈvat])
Texas Savate Club License/Passport & Lifetime Member
Combatant Patch - Savate Danse de Rue℠
10 Year Savateur Phoenix Foot Print Patch - Savate Danse de Rue℠
"Don't Tread on Me" Rattlesnake logo Fighter's Patch
Savate [Saˈvat] nickname/fighter's name: "Mamba"
Green Glove/Gant Vert and Red Glove/Gant Rouge (Levels 2 & 3) - Savate Danse de Rue℠
Received from Paul-Raymond Buitron III (Texas, California, Kansas, and Colorado-USA), witness: Paul Buitron II, and ranked and trained under Jean-Pierre Julemont (Belgium, Colorado-USA & Kansas-USA). Jean-Pierre Julemont, Champion d'Europe Savate/Boxe Française 1970, Canne de Combat (French Cane Fighting) Instructor, Honorary Diploma of the Belgian Olympic Committee, and Savate Silver Glove (GAT 3). Snake Blocker attended Jean-Pierre Julemont's Texas seminar and Snake Blocker flew him down to the USA from Belgium to teach a seminar at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts in the arts of La Canne de Combat and Savate/Boxe Française in 2018. Snake Blocker hosted Paul Buitron III several times at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, Califonria, Kansas, and Colorado to conducts seminars. Snake Blocker visited Paul Buitron's Savate Club in Larado, Texas to train multiple times. Paul Buitron trained in Savate [Saˈvat] in France and is a Silver Glove (GAT 3) Professeur.
California Savate Association License/Passport and Seminar Certificate of Savate Training
Received from Salem Assli (California-USA). Salem Assli, trained under Dan Inosanto in Jeet Kune Do, and is a Savate/Boxe Française (French Foot-Fighting [Saˈvat]) Silver Glove (GAT 3). Salem Assli is a Savate Instructor at many of the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts training camps and he teaches around the world. He is author of books on Savate, Jeet Kune Do and has several Savate videos produced. Snake Blocker trained with Salem Assli at the Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts in seminar settings. Salem Assli founded the California Savate Association.
Shoot-Fighting (AKA: Shoot-Wrestling - Shoot-Boxing - Shooto) (credentials)
Certified Junior Instructor - Shoot-Fighting (International Shoot Fighting Association) - (IUC #259 ISFA)
Brown Belt Instructor
Received from Bart Vale (California-USA). Snake Blocker trained with Bart Vale via seminars in California. Bart Vale is a former Shoot-Fighting/Shooto World Champion). Snake Blocker was also ranked and trained under Mike Omerbegovich (California-USA) and approved by Sam Muratore, former Shoot Wrestling Champion (Sam Muratore Shoot Wrestling). Snake Blocker trained with Mike Omerbegovcih via many private lessons around California. Mike Omerbegovich was an instructor at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, California.
Redfeather Apache Tactics (credential)
Certified Basic Instructor - Apache Ghost Dog Knife Survival/Fighter
Received the Ápấchề fighting name, "Kicking Dog."
Received from Robert Redfeather, Mescalero Apache (California-USA - 2005). Several years after Snake Blocker began teaching Ápấchề Knife Fighting & Battle Tactics, Robert Redfeather began teaching his knowledge of Mescalero Apache Knife Fighting that he coined Ghost Dog Knife Fighting. Snake Blocker trained with Robert Redfeather and sparred with Robert and brother Ralf Redfeather, via a seminar in California.
JJGF Official Practitioner & Educational Unit Member #5258
Certified Basic Instructor/Purple Belt Stripe 2 - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Joe Moreira
Joe Moreira Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Affiliate (Authorization to use the Joe Moriera logo)
Certified Basic Instructor/Purple Belt Stripe 2 - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Wander "The Crusher" Braga
Received Purple Belt Strip 2 from Rickson Gracie (Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation). Rickson Gracie is the son of Helio Gracie. Rickson Gracie is a multi-world champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Vale Tudo. He is ranked 9th degree Red Belt in BJJ.
Received Purple Belt Stripe 2, Instructor from Joe Moreira, witness: Kainoa Li (Oahu, Hawaii-USA). Joe Moreira is an 8th Degree & Coral Belt and White/Red Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and UFC Fighter. Kainoa Li is a 4th Degree Black Belt under Joe Moreira. Joe [Jose Carlos] Moreira trained under Reyson Gracie, the legendary Fernando Guimaraes “Pinduka,” and Francisco Mansure. Grandmaster Francisco Mansure is a 9th Red Belt under Helio Gracie. Snake Blocker was first introduced to Joe Moreira via Fabiano Ihn. Snake Blocker received his first blue belt from Fabiano Ihn in 1995/96. Snake Blocker trained with Fabiano Ihn, where he taught Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts (located inside the Rolling Hills Athletic Club, Torrance, California). At the time, Fabiano Ihn was a black belt under Joe Moreira and a former World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Vale Tudo.
Snake Blocker trained and was ranked, Purple Belt Stripe 2, and given the fighting name, "Stranger [to Pain]," from Wander Braga (California-USA). Wander Braga subleased space at the Blocker Academy of Martial Arts studio for over a year and taught Braga Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Rickson Gracie Association recognized). Wander Braga is a former Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Vale Tudo World Champion. Wander Braga also trained under the Rickson Gracie International Jiu-Jitsu Association, under Jorge Pereira. Wander Braga introduced Snake Blocker to Rickson Gracie in 2000. Snake Blocker attended Wander Braga & Magalio (Maga) Abate's wedding in California.
Snake Blocker also trained and was ranked Blue Belt under Rodrigo Medeiros (California-USA). Snake Blocker trained and tested with Rodrigo Medeiros via a seminar in California. Rodrigo Medeiros and Snake Blocker co-taught a seminar on Vale Tudo, Muay Thai and Apache Knife Fighting in Corona, California. At the time, Rodrigo Medeiros was a black belt and part of the Carlson Gracie Team. Rodrigo Mederios is a former World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Mike Omerbegovich introduced Rodrigo Medeiros to Snake Blocker. Later, Snake Blocker was ranked Purple Belt Basic Instructor under Mike Omerbegovich (California-USA). Snake Blocker trained with Mike Omerbegovich (Carlson Gracie Team) at Mike's academy, Bianzhu Kilos Martial Arts Academy (Corona-California). Snake Blocker and Mike Omerbegovich did seminars together multiple times. Mike also trained and taught at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts (Palos Verdes and Torrance, California). Mike Omerbegovich was ranked under Carlos Gracie Jr and Rodrigo Medeiros in BJJ.
Snake Blocker also trained and was ranked under Roger Machado (California-USA). Snake Blocker trained via semi-private classes and private lessons. Roger Machado subleased space at the Blocker Academy of Martial Arts studio and taught Roger Machado Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At the time, Roger Machado was a black belt and former World Champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Prior to this, Snake Blocker's first experience in BJJ started with Rorian Gracie and his brother, Royce Gracie at the world-famous Gracie Academy (Torrance, California-USA). Paul Vunak, Progressive Fighting Systems President, recommended Snake Blocker to train with the Gracie family to improve his Jeet Kune Do training. Snake Blocker trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Royce Gracie, from novice to intermediate classes. Rorian Gracie & Royce Gracie are high ranking under their father, Helio Gracie and all are former World Champions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Royce Gracie is a former 3x Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) World Champion.
Brown II - Kodenkan Jujitsu (traditional jiu-jitsu)
Blocker Academy of Martial Arts School Charter Membership (#4411)
Snake Blocker received Brown II Belt and academy charter membership approval from Daniel Saragosa (Oahu, Hawaii). Daniel Saragosa is a Professor and President of the American Jiu-Jitsu Institute (AJI). The American JuJitsu Institute is the official organization of the Okazaki system of Jujitsu. AJI is also the oldest organization representing Danzan-Ryu Jujitsu in America. The original name was American Jujitsu Guild, founded in 1939, but was changed to American Jujitsu institute on 29 June 1947.
United States Army Combatives School 82nd Airborne Division:
Modern Army Combatives Level I & Modern Army Combatives Level II
Received from Joshua Winter, Samuel Vanderslice, Craig Alia (Bagram Base-Afghanistan and headquarters at US Army base, North Carolina-USA). Army Combatives I & II have their foundation in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and was instructed like a sport BJJ & MMA Course.
Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Level 1 Instructor
Gracie University's specialized Defensive Tactics program for law enforcement, military and first responders
Received from Rener Gracie (Colorado-USA). Rener Gracie is the son of Rorian Gracie, founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy.
Gracie Mindset Course
Instructed by Rorion Gracie, founder of Gracie Jiu Jitsu Academy
Tae Kwon Do (credentials)
4th Degree Master Belt - Tae Kwon Do
Received from the Moo Duk Kwan Association (MDK) of Korea from Great Grandmaster Joong K. Nam (Senior 9th Degree & TKD Olympic Coach) and Grandmaster Kai Li (9th Degree). MDK Association is the oldest School of Tae Kwon Do (TKD) in Korea. Grandmaster Chuck Norris received his Master Belts (1st-9th Degree) from this organization. (Received in California-USA, from Korea)
2nd Degree Black Belt - Tae Kwon Do
Received from David Contreras (California-USA). Snake Blocker trained in Tae Kwon Do under David Contreras via private lessons at World's Best Tae Kwon Do and Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, California. David Contreras is a high ranking black belt in Tae Kwon Do and served in U.S.A. Marine Corp.
Presidential Sports Award - Tae Kwon Do
Received from Bill Clinton (Former USA President, Washington DC-USA)
Specialty Arts - Special Courses (credentials)
Purple Belt (Level 3) Elite Training Systems (ETS)
Received from Kainoa Li, Donald Cummins, Adam Garcia, and Nathan Young (Oahu-Hawaii). Kainoa Li is the Founder of ETS and Grandmaster in multiple arts. Donald Cummins is a Grandmaster. Adam Garcia is a 3rd Dan Black Belt-AJI. Nathan Young is a 2nd Dan Black Belt-AJI.
Level 2 - Belardiri Silat Combatives
Received from Errol Deppe (California-USA). Snake Blocker trained in Belardiri Silat Combative under Errol Deppe via seminar at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, California. Errol Deppe is the most senior instructor in Belardiri Silat in the USA).
Colorado Firearm Safety Certificate
Received from Kevin Polk (Colorado-USA).
National Rifle Association (NRA) Security Officer Pistol Course
Received from NRA Instructor (Colorado-USA).
Able Shepard Part 1 - Active Shooter Pistol Course
Taught by Jimmy Graham (Colorado-USA). Jimmy Graham is a retired Navy SEAL. Snake Blocker and Jimmy Graham met in the Navy.
Nunchaku Course Completion Patch
Received from Randy Chambliss (California-USA). Randy Chambliss was owner of Champions Olympic Sportplex and is a high ranking black belt in Tae Kwon Do).
USA Archery - Levels 1 & 2 Archery Coach
Level 1 & 2 USA Archery course instructed by Mike Perrego and Teresa Perrego (Colorado-USA). Mike Perrego and Teresa Perrego are Level 4 Coaches.
USA Archery - Trained for 1 year
Classed instructed by John Stevens (California-USA). John Stevens was a USA Olympic Archery Coach and former U.S.A. Olympian. Snake Blocker trained with John Stevens at Champions Olympic Sportplex, Torrance, California.
USA Fencing - Trained for 1 year
Classes instructed by Vadim Diambekov (California-USA). Vadim Diambekov is a US Olympic Fencing Coach and former USSR Olympian medalist. Snake Blocker trained with Vadim Diambekov at Champions Olympic Sportplex, Torrance, California.
Gymnastics - Trained for 2 years
Classes instructed by Tara Brady & Jessica Burt (California-USA). Tara Brady and Jessica Burt were Regional Gymnastic Champions. Snake Blocker trained via private lessons at Champions Olympic Sportplex, Rolling Hills Athletic Club, and Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, Torrance, California.
Seminar Certificate of Knife Training
Received from Ernie Emerson (California-USA). Snake Blocker hosted Ernie Emerson's Knife Seminars at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, California. Ernie Emerson and Snake Blocker both lived in Palos Verdes, California. Ernie Emerson is the founder and owner of Emerson Knives.
Trained under additional instructors:
(Snake Blocker attended classes and completed seminar training under the following additional instructors, which were not listed above.)
-Patrick Auge, Akido black belt (Snake Blocker attended Akido classes in California for 3 months.)
-Gilles le Dui Gou, former Savate/Boxe Française (French Kickboxing [Saˈvat]) Champion and Savate Silver Glove (GAT 3) (Snake Blocker attended Gilles le Dui Gou's New Jersey Savate [Sa'vat] seminar.)
-Andre 'Big Blue' Grimes, former Savate/Boxe Française (French Kickboxing [Saˈvat]) Champion and Savate Silver Glove (Snake Blocker attended Andre Grimes' Texas Savate [Sa'vat] seminar and Andre Grimes taught Savate [Sa'vat] at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, California via private lessons and seminar settings.)
-Jim McCann, Jeet Kune Do, MMA and Pro Boxer Trainer/Instructor and holder of many titles in Ground and Stand Up Fighting (Snake Blocker trained with Jim McCann at his California Ground Fighting and Boxing seminars.)
-Ralf Pena, Tae Kwon Do Black Belt (Ralf Pena was Snake Blocker's first Tae Kwon Do Instructor in California. Ralf Pena taught classes in a room at a church.)
-Yorinaga Nakamura, Senior Instructor at Intosanto Academy of Martial Arts and former Shoot Fighting World Champion (Snake Blocker trained in Jeet Kune Do/Shoot Fighting-Wrestling/Jun Fan Gung Fu classes at Inosanto Academy of Martial Arts, California.)
-A.J. "Taz," Black Belt Instructor (A.J. "Taz" was Snake Blocker's first Nuchuku instructor via private lessions at Nautilus Aerobic Plus, Rowland Heights, California.)
-Daniel Sullivan, Savate/Boxe Française (French Kickboxing [Saˈvat]) Silver Glove under Nicolas Saignac and Jeet Kune Do Instructor under Dan Inosanto (Daniel Sullivan was Snake Blocker's Jeet Kune Do Instructor and Snake Blocker did private lessons on Jeet Kune Do at Nautilus Aerobics Plus, Torrance, California - 1993)
-Miah Guiterrez, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor (Miah Guiterrez hosted Snake Blocker and other Blocker Academy of Martial Arts seminars at his studio in Colorado. Snake Blocker also attended Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes taught by Miah Guiterrez. They still stay in contact).
-Rey Diago, former Jiu Jitsu World Champion (Snake Blocker attended Rey Diago's class when he was part of the California Fight Club at Rey Diago Jiu Jitsu studio, California.)
-Richard Bastillo (RIP), Original Bruce Lee Student and Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame Inductee (Richard Bastillo was a guest instructor at a seminar at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, Palos Verdes, California.)
-Michael Giordani, former Savate/Boxe Française (French Kickboxing [Saˈvat]) Champion and Savate Silver Glove. (Michael Giordani came to Blocker Academy of Martial Arts during seminars and Savate assault tournaments. Michael Giordani and Snake Blocker would spar together at events.)
-Jason Krikorian, Brown Belt, under Rickson Gracie, former Vale Tudo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, and 1st Generation USA student (Jason Krikorian subleased space at the Blocker Academy of Martial Arts studio for several months udner Jason Krikorian Brazilian Ju Jitsu, and Snake Blocker and Jason Krikorian would do private and group lessons together. Jason Krikorian also introduced Wander Braga, former Vale Tudo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, to Snake Blocker. Wander Braga later taught at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts under Wander Braga Jiu Jitsu Academy.)
-Magida Raguig, former 8x Savate/Boxe Française (French Kickboxing [Saˈvat]) French Champion, 2x Savate World Champion, and Savate Silver Glove (Magida Raguig was Snake Blocker's girlfriend during her 1 year stay in California and they trained and sparred together in Savate. Magida Raguig also was an instructor at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, Palos Verdes, California for one year and they still stay in contact with each other).
-Carl "Dragon" VanMeter, Savate/Boxe Française (French Kickboxing [Saˈvat]) Instructor and Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee (multiple times). (Carl VanMeter instructed at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts studio for two years and was one of Snake Blocker's Inner Circle of Best Friends. Carl VanMeter was also Snake Blocker's corner man for a couple of his amateur and pro fights.)
-Rickson Gracie, Red Belt Brazilian Ju Jitsu, former Vale Tudo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, and Black Belt Magazine Hall of Fame Inductee (Snake Blocker competed at a Rickson Gracie Tournament at the Rickson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, California. Wander Braga, former Vale Tudo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion, introduced Snake Blocker to Rickson Gracie.)
-Relson Gracie, Red Belt Brazilian Ju Jitsu, former Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion (Snake Blocker trained with Relson Gracie via seminars in Hawaii & Colorado.)
-Greg Ringness, 7th Black Belt in Kajukembo/Kenpo Karate (Snake Blocker attended Greg Ringness seminar in Texas.)
-Richard Sylla, former Savate/Boxe Française (French Kickboxing [Saˈvat]) Champion, and Savate Silver Glove (Snake Blocker attended Richard Sylla's seminar in Texas.)
-Stephen Gougne, former Savate/Boxe Française (French Kickboxing [Saˈvat]) Champion, and Savate Silver Glove (Snake Blocker attended Stephen Gougne's seminar in Texas and still keeps in contact with each other.)
-John Potenza, Catch Wrestling Instructor (Snake Blocker trained with John Potenza at 'Merica II seminar in Nashville, TN on Catch Wrestling).
-Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, Former World Champion Kickboxer. (Snake Blocker attended Bill Wallace's seminar in Denver, CO).
-Ápấchề tribal members (Snake Blocker worked with gathering details on traditions, history, and battle tactics from many Ápấchề historians, elders, medicine men, and tribal members from various Ápấchề tribes.)