"Martial Arts is a lifestyle, but it is first a mindset " - Snake Blocker
(training since the late 1970s)
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 Affilate Level 1 - Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute
Received from Andy Kimura (Washington-USA)
(Andy Kimura is the son of Taky Kimura. 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
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
Received from Rick Mullinax (North Carolina-USA)
(Blocker Academy of Martial Arts is also recognized as a Jeet Kune Do Affiliate School under Jeet Kune Do Street Fighting System. 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) - Contemporary Jeet Kune Do (CJKD):
Descendant of the Dragon (DOD) [Bruce Lee "The Dragon" - Descendant of the Masters (DOM)
Certified Energy Drills/Weapons Instructor
Certified Clinch-Ground Instructor
Certified Knife Fighting Instructor
Certified Rapid Assault Tactics (RAT)/('Golden Goose' model) Instructor
Certified Phase 1 Jeet Kune Do & Filipino Martial Arts Instructor
Received from Paul Vunak (California-USA)
(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)).
Jeet Kune Do Co-Instructor
Under Ron Robles (RIP) (California-USA)
Snake Blocker worked with Ron Robles teaching Jeet Kune Do at Rolling Hills Covenant Church (RHCC) for the TNT Group in 2002/03
(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 Full Instructor - Jeet Kune Do Combatives
Received from Gary Dill (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 Annual Jeet Kune Do Gathering at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts).
Certified Phase 4 Advance/Instructor - Dark Gift Jeet Kune Do (DGJKD)
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).
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)
Received from Clint Heyliger and Leon Bonewicz (New York-USA)
(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).
Hall of Fame & Grand Master (credentials)
Grandes Metres Das Artes Marciais (Martial Arts Grand Master (GM))
Received from Erich Froman World University Inc. by Jose Austo Maciel Torres, PhD (Brazil)
Received 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
Inducted at Martial Arts Kung Fu Expo 9th, 10th, & 11th Annual (2015, 2016, & 2017)
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)
Received from Paul Cheng (New Jersey-USA)
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)
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
Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) - Combat Weapons- Hybrid Karate/Jiu-Jistu/Gung Fu Arts (credentials)
Force Necessary (FN):
(Scientific Fighting System (SFS)/Scientific Fighting Congress (SFC))
Certified Close Quarters Combatives Group (CQCG) Instructorship Level 8 - Military Recognition, Security Recognition, Martial Arts Black Belt Recognition, & Civilian Special Recognition:
3rd Degree Black Belt (Level 12) - Knife-Counter Knife [Combatives]
(Force Necessary Knife & Congress of American Knife Fighters)
3rd Degree Black Belt (Level 12) - American Combat Kempo Karate-Jiu-Jitsu/Empty Hand/Unarmed [Combatives]
(Force Necessary Hand)
2nd Degree Black Belt (Level 11) - Pacific Archipelago Concepts [Combatives] (PAC) & Essential Filipino Martial Arts (Kali/Escrima/Arnis)
(Grand Master Remy Presas Method/Grand Master Ernesto Presas Method)
Level 10 - Gun/Counter Gun [Combatives]
(Force Necessary Gun)
Level 7 - (SDMS) Solo/Double Mano System (Solo/Double-Handed Stick/Crane/Baton/Long Gun,
Striking, Blocking, and Grappling System)
(Force Necessary Stick)
Listed as USA Close Quarters Combat Certified Instructors
Received from W. Hock Hochheim (Texas/California/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).
Gung Fu - Hybrid 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, Muay Thai, and Savate [Saˈvat])
Instructor & Representative - Ch'ng Mo (Fluid Art) Gung Fu (Hung Gar foundation)
Yellow Belt - Kodokan Judo
Received from Rod Kei (California-USA)
(Rod Kei is a former 3x World Champion Kickboxer & 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).
Kajukenbo Karate (credential)
Certified Level 1 Instructor - Kajukenbo Combatives
Blue Belt Level 5 - Kajukenbo Combatives
Received from Dean Goldade (California-USA)
(Snake Blocker 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).
French Martial Arts (FMA): French Foot-Fighting/Savate/Boxe Française (credentials)
Silver Glove/Gant d'Argent (Level 6) - Savate/Boxe Française (French Foot-Fighting [Saˈvat])
Received from Silver Gloves: Ezequias Gonçalves Dos Santos Junior, Giuliano G. Alves, and Alexandre Luiz Silva (Brazil)
(Ezequias Gonçalves Dos Santos Junior is owner of the Ezequias Gonçalves Boxe Française Savate Club in Brazil)
Certified Initiateur (Instructor) - Savate/Boxe Française (French Foot-Fighting [Saˈvat])
Blue Glove/Gant Bleu, Green Glove/Gant Vert, Red Glove/Gant Rouge, & Yellow Glove/Gant Jaune (Levels: 1, 2, 3 & 5)- Savate/Boxe Française (French Kickboxing [Saˈvat])
Received from 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. Nicolas Saignac was ranked as a Savate [Sa'vat] Silver Glove (GAT 3) 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).
White Glove/Gant Blanc (Level 4) - Savate/Boxe Française (French Foot-Fighting [Saˈvat])
Received from 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).
Certified Coach - Savate/Boxe Française (French Foot-Fighting [Saˈvat])
Certified Official - Savate/Boxe Française (French Foot-Fighting [Saˈvat])
Texas Savate Club License/Passport
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"
Received from Paul-Raymond Buitron III (Texas, California, Kansas, and Colorado-USA)
(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 Butiron trained in Savate [Saˈvat] in France and is a Silver Glove (GAT 3)).
Green Glove/Gant Vert and Red Glove/Gant Rouge (Levels 2 & 3) - Savate Danse de Rue℠
Received from Paul Buitron II, Paul-Raymond Buitron III (Texas-USA) , and Jean-Pierre Julemont (Belgiu)
(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).
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 - Shoot Wrestling - Shoot Boxing - Shooto (credentials)
Certified Junior Instructor - Shoot-Fighting (International Shoot Fighting Association) - (IUC #259 ISFA)
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).
Certified Basic Instructor - Japanese Shooto/Shootboxing (Shoot-Fighting)
Brown Belt (Level 4) - Japanese Shooto/Shootboxing-Wrestling
Received from Mike Omerbegovich (California-USA)
(Snake Blocker trained with Mike Omerbegovcih via many private lessons around California. Mike Omerbegovich was an instructor at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts, California. Mike Omerbeovich is ranked under Sam Muratore, Shooto World Champion).
Mescalero Apache Tactics (credentials)
Certified Basic Instructor - Apache Ghost Dog Knife Survival/Fighter
Received the Ápấchề fighting name, "Kicking Dog," from Robert Redfeather (California-USA - 2005)
(Several years after Snake Blocker began teaching Ápấchề Knife Fighting & Battle Tactics, Robert Redfeather began teaching his knowledge of Mescalero Ápấchề 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).
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (credentials)
Certified Basic Instructor - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Purple Belt - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Received from Mike Omerbegovich (California-USA)
(Snake Blocker trained with Mike Omerbegovich at his Corona studio and did seminars with him. Mike also trained and taught at Blocker Academy of Martial Arts at the Palos Verdes and Torrance, California locations. Mike Omerbegovich was ranked under Carlos Gracie Jr and Rodrigo Medeiros in BJJ and W. Hock Hochheim in various combative arts. Mike also has several other rankings under his years of training and teaching, as well as studying under Snake Blocker is different styles.)
Certified Blue Belt Basic Instructor - Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Blue Belt 2 Stripes - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Received rank and 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 the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program. Wander Braga is a former Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Vale Tudo World Champion, He also trained under the Rickson Gracie International Jiu-Jitsu Association, under Jorge Pereira and introduced Snake Blocker to Rickson Gracie. Snake Blocker attended Wander Brag & Magalio (Maga) Abate's wedding).
Blue Belt - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Received from Rodrigo Medeiros (California-USA)
(Snake Blocker trained with Rodrigo Medeiros via seminar in California. Rodrigo Medeiros and Snake Blocker co-taught a seminar on Vale Tudo, Muay Thai and Apache Knife Fighting in California. Rodrigo Medeiros is a black belt (Carlson Gracie Team) and former World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu).
Blue Belt - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Received from Fabiano Ihn (California-USA)
(Snake Blocker trained with Fabiano Ihn at Rolling HIlls Athletic Club, California where he taught his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes. Fabiano Ihn is a black belt under Joe Moreira and a former World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Vale Tudo).
White Belt 3 Stripes - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Received from Roger Machado (California-USA)
(Snake Blocker trained with Roger Machado via classes. Roger Machado subleased space at the Blocker Academy of Martial Arts studio for two years and taught Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Roger Machado is a black belt and former World Champion in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu).
Intermediate Class - White Belt - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Received from Royce Gracie (California-USA)
(Snake Blocker trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Royce Gracie at the Gracie Academy (Torrance/Carson, California). Royce Gracie is a black belt and former World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a former Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) World Champion).
United States Army Combatives School 82nd Airborne Division Modern Army Combatives Levels I & 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 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and are primarily a BJJ Course).
Tae Kwon Do (credentials)
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
Signed by Bill Clinton (Former USA President, Washington DC-USA)
Silat - Variety Arts - Variety Courses (credentials)
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).
Tours: Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan (2004, 2005/2006, 2009/2010/2011):
US Navy Mobilized/Active Duty, FHI Military Contractor, SCSI Military Contractor, KBR Military Contractor, and AFTG Military Contractor.
[Petty Officer Snake Blocker] worked for me in the rattlesnake yard [in Kuwait]....and I mean worked hard!!! No complaints from Snake ever. Amazing sailor." - Master Chief Gail Pellett, US Navy
Requested by name to be featured for a permanent life size 100 year Navy Reserve display celebrating the Centennial of the U.S.A. Navy Reserve (Display at Pentagon, Washington DC).
Featured on the cover along with other sailors for The Navy Reserve (TNR) Almanac 2017 magazine
Navy First Class Petty Officer Association (FCPOA), Denver - President
Elected President of the FCPOA Navy Operational Support (NOSC) Denver 2018
Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Sailor of the Quarters (SOQ) and Year (SOY):
NOSC Denver SAILOR OF THE YEAR 2012
NOSC Denver Sailor of the Quarter (2nd Quarter), Nominated/Awarded 2019
NOSC Denver Sailor of the Quarter (2nd Quarter), Nominated/Awarded 2018
NOSC Denver Sailor of the Quarter (2nd Quarter), Nominated/Awarded 2017
NOSC Denver Sailor of the Quarter (2nd Quarter), Nominated/Awarded 2014
NOSC Denver Sailor of the Quarter (4th Quarter), Nominated/Awarded 2012
Received from NOSC Denver Commanding Officer
Navy Commander Naval Forces Europe (CNE)/Commander Naval Forces Africa (CNA)/ Commander Sixth Fleet (C6F) Maritime Partnership Program (MPP) Detachment #118 (CNE/CNA C6F MPP Det 118) Sailor of the Year (SOY)
CNE/CNA C6F MPP 118 Unit Sailor of the Year 2017
Received from CNE/CNA C6F MPP 118 Commanding Officer
Fleet Logistic Center Pearl Harbor Devner Det (FLCPH-Denver) Unit Sailor of the Quarter (SOQ):
FLCPH-Denver Unit Sailor of the Quarter (1st Quarter), Nominated/Awarded 2015
Received from Fleet Logistic Center Pearl Harbor Det 'A' Denver Commanding Officer
Fleet Logistic Center Pearl Harbor (FLCPH) Command Sailor of the Quarter (SOQ):
FLCPH Command Sailor of the Quarter (2nd Quarter), Nominated/Awarded 2015
Received from Fleet Logistic Center Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Commanding Officer
Shriner's Medal of Honor Medal & Certificate for 6th Annual Uniform Service Recognition
Nominated/Awarded 2012 El Jebel Shrinners, Denver, Colorado:
U.S. Army Military Close Quarters Combat (MCQC) Instructor Certificate
For teaching 150 hours as MCQC instructor (Kuwait)
Received from US Army Lieutenant Colonel Clark H. Summers, TC Commander-Camp Spearhead, Port of Ash Shuaybah, Kuwait
Chamber of Commerce Aurora, Colorado:
Chamber of Commerce Military Person of the Year (MPOY) 2012
Nominated/Awarded 2012 by Chamber of Commerce Aurora Board
International Combatives Self Defense Association (ICSDA):
ICSCA Colorado State Representative (2007-2009)
Operations during enlistment:
Operation Enduring Freedom (2003-2009)
Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2010)
Operation New Dawn (Sept 1, 2010 - present)
Attached to US Army: 38th Human Resource Company, 510th Human Resource Company (under 7th Special Troops Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade), 16th Sustainment Brigade, and under 82nd Airborne Division (82nd Airborne Sustainment Brigade) and 8th Ordnance Sustainment Brigade
Military Service: Awards:
Army Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 gold stars)
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (MUC) (2 bronze stars)
Navy Good Conduct Medal (2 bronze star)
Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (4 bronze stars)
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal (1 star)
Iraq Campaign Medal (1 star)
Global War on Terrorism (Expeditionary)
Global War on Terrorism (Service)
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Deployment
Navy and Marine Overseas Service Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (bronze "M," bronze "Hourglass," & bronze numeral "2")
NATO Non Art 5 ISAF Medal (Afghanistan)
Navy Rifle Qualification Ribbon/Medal (Expert)
Navy Pistol Qualification Ribbon/Medal (Expert)
Admiral "Flag" Letter of Commendation (3x).
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.)
-Joe Moreira, former Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion (Snake Blocker trained with Joe Moreira via seminar in California at the Joe Moreira 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.)
-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.)
(Every martial artist should be a part of their community and give back.)
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons (AF&AM "Blue Lodge"):
Master Mason (since 2009)
Brighton Lodge #78, Brighton, Colorado
Past Master (WM 2016)
Brighton Lodge #78, Brighton, Colorado
Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, SJ, USA:
32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason (since 2013 - Member #11142010)
Valley of Denver, Denver, Colorado
Orient of Colorado, Denver Colorado
Order of the Eastern Star (Temple):
Garden City Chapter #3, Greeley, Colorado
Past Worthy Patron (PP 2015)
Lorraine Chapter #52, Brigton, Colorado (Larraine chapter merged into Garden City Chapter in 2016)
York Rite Mason Chapter (Red Lodge):
Companion - Royal Arch Mason
Keystone Chapter #7 (prior #8), Lafayette, Colorado (2018 Officer Position: Scribe)
Georgetown Chapter #4, Georgetown, Colorado
York Rite Mason Council:
Companion - Royal and Select Master (Cryptic Mason)
Hiram Council #7, Lafayette, Colorado (2018 Officer Position: Captain of the Guard)
Boulder Council #17, Lafayette, Colorado (Boulder Council merged into Hiram Council in 2018)
York Rite Mason Commandery:
Sir Knight - Knights Templar
Flatirons Commandery #7, Lafayette, Colorado
Noble (Member #31087 - Shrine ID #237274)
El Jebel Shriners, Denver, Colorado
Veteran Search & Rescue (VETSAR):
National Director of Operation for National VETSAR Program
Word of Life Christian Center (WOLCC), Lone Tree, Colorado
Sunday School Teacher
Shuk (Thanks), Credit and Respect:
"I thank and give credit to all that are a part of my continuous journey along the "Red Road." I give recognition to those I learn from, even if I do not share their same worldview, ethics, or code of conduct. I enjoy learning alternative ways of looking at martial arts/combat arts (traditional aspect, historic aspect, sport aspect, point-fighting applications, full contact applications, and self defense applications). I do not have to agree with every instructor 100% of the time to learn from them." - Snake Blocker