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Guro Rick Brock

I Guro Rick Brock
Kombatan Chief Instructor of Washington
Personal Statement
“I was looking for a weapons based art. After one lesson with Grandmaster Bowers I knew I had found what I was looking for. After being in the art I found that Kombatan was not just a weapons based art but a total art from stick to the blade and empty hands techniques. The flow drills remind me of the continuous non-stop movement (flow) of wrestling.

Kombatan and the teachings of Grandmaster Bowers helped me build confidence in both my personal life and my martial arts life. Kombatan will always be part of my way of life.”

Guro Rick’s Background and Honors
1965 – Wrestling – High School / Collegiate / Athletic Clubs
1975 – Tae Kwon Do 2 years under Master Chung Su Kim
1977 – Tae Kwon Do 2 years under Chaik Kang
1979 – Shorinryu 1 year under Sensei Jerry Gold
1986 – Northern Kajukenbo Tum Pai 3 years under Professor Doug Bailey
1989 – Tai Chi 2 years under Professor Doug Bailey
1995 – Tai Chi 2 years under Master Shaowen Yu
2002 – Kombatan 9 years with Grandmaster Bowers
2005 – Attended 9th International Philippine Martial Arts Federation Training Camp in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental
2006 – Received 1st Dan (Lakan Isa) in Kombatan
2007 – Inducted into Philippine Martial Arts Hall of Fame under Grandmaster Bowers
2007 – Attended 10th International Philippine Martial Arts Federation Training Camp in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental
2008 – Promoted to 2nd Dan (Lakan Dalawa) in Kombatan
2010 – Promoted to 3rd Dan (Lakan Tatlo) in Kombatan from Grandmaster Bowers
2010 – Received Instructors License
2010 – Became Head Instructor for the State of Washington in Kombatan
2011 – Promoted to 4th Dan (lakan Apat)

Guro Ron Carlbom

Personal Statement
“Originally from a small farming town in north-central Montana, I moved to Oregon in 1994. I worked as a welder in the Clackamas area. Currently, I live in Tillamook which is located on the Oregon coast where I plan to teach Kombatan.

I was introduced to this martial art when I enrolled in a “Street Defense” class in 2006 that was taught at Mt. Hood Community College. I was immediately impressed with how simple movements could have such a drastic impact on me. Prior to this, I had no martial arts experience and was not an athletically “gifted” person. I would have never thought that I would become a Martial Artist, but after a couple of classes I was hooked. Since joining Berdugo Martial Arts Academy, I have fought in Arnis tournaments in Oregon, Florida, and California. The tournaments have given me many great memories and I have met a lot of great people from around the world who were also interested in Arnis. I have also travelled to the Phillipines for the biennial International Philippine Martial Arts Federation (IPMAF) training camp. I often think of how “lucky” I was to stumble upon a complete martial arts system that encompasses sticks, blades and empty hands. I am also very fortunate to be able to train directly under Grand Master Bowers and am committed to doing everything I can to help spread the art of Kombatan to others.”

Guro Ron’s Background and Honors
2007 – Disney’s Martial Arts Festival (Walt Disney World) — 2nd place double stick
2009 – EsKrima Coalition (Stockton California) — 3rd place
2012 – Berdugo Kombatan Classic (Clackamas Oregon) — 1st place classical continuous & 2nd place classical point
2011 – IPMAF camp– Phillipines
2011 – Received 1st Dan (Lakan Isa) in Kombatan
2012 – Promoted to 2nd Dan (Lakan Dalawa) in Kombatan
2013 – Promoted to 3rd Dan (Lakan Tatlo) in Kombatan