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Tae Kwon Do Times© March 1997

KUN TAO Philipino Fist Art
by Eric Breuer

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and instead joined the Navy. He was first stationed on the U.S.S. Vincennes, a heavy cruiser that toured the North Atlantic. The U.S.S. Vincennes patrolled from Iceland to the Cape of Good Hope, Africa. Their mission was to search for German U-boats. Mr. Rossi continued boxing becoming the fleet champion. The great Jack Dempsy and Sugar Ray Robinson refereed some of his matches.

While on patrol on August 9, 1942, at 2:00 A.M., the U.S.S. Vincennes was sunk along with three other ships. Mr. Rossi was reassigned to the U.S.S. Hornet Carrier. Mr. Rossi saw action in the Battle of the Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal. Mr. Rossi then signed up for special forces training in Hawaii. This is where he met his Philippine master. The training was intense, out of 295 men, only 69 graduated. Mr. Rossi was one of those men. The training included jungle survival, camouflage and hand-to-hand self-defense; in particular, Kun Tao.

After 58 months of active duty, Mr. Rossi was wounded in action. After recuperating in California, Mr. Rossi was sent to Alaska. After one year he was ordered to Annapolis, Maryland, to train Mid-Shipmen at the Naval Academy. Mr. Rossi’s old Captain fr0m the Vincennes was now an Admiral in charge of the base. In January of 1947, Mr. Rossi left the Navy with an Honorable Discharge, a Victory Medal, Air Crew Insignia (three bronze stars), Asiatic Pacific Ribbon (four bronze stars), Good Conduct Medal, Americana Ribbon, American Defense Ribbon, and a Purple Heart.

At home, Mr. Rossi’s good friend, Katsugo master Hany Hamzy, urged him to open a Kun Tao school. He took the advice of his friend and today is a recognized tenth degree grandmaster certified by the Philippine Kun Tao Karate Association. Mr. Rossi has instructed hundreds of students to the rank of black belt and oversees the instmction of his affiliate schools throughout the United States.

After 56 years in the martial arts Mr. Rossi remains active although he no longer operates his own studio. He travels the circuit of his affiliate studios conducting "Street Wise" seminars.

(1) Grandmaster Rassi instructs Machele Alterie in a defense from Rob Thoyer’s hammerlock. (2) Machele bows and steps forword with her left foot. (3) The Grandmaster instructs her to grab Thayer’s wrist as she spins and chambers for a kick… (4) and kicks the attacker’s left leg just above the knee. (5) Grandmaster Rossi then has her prepare far a downward hammer fist. (6) Using all her strength, Grandmaster Rossi has her drop to her knee as she strikes the arm of her attacker and breaks his elbow.


Eric Breuer is a fifth degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and Free Style Jujitsu. He holds a third degree in Chuck Norris’ Chun Kuk Do and a second degree in Kun Tao under Grandmaster Rossi. He states that, "I wrote this article as a way to say thank you to Mr. Rossi and to all U.S. Veterans for putting their lives on the line for the rest of us."

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Soke Eric Breuer

Soke Eric Breuer

Master Eric Breuer

Heir to Rossi Kuntao System int.. Founder: Chun Kuk Moo Sul (Universal Martial Art) and Universal Fighting Arts Fellowship.

Master Eric Breuer has been a student of the martial arts since early 1970. His back ground includes Tang Soo Do, Free Style Jujitsu,Chun Kuk Do, KunTao and Kickboxing. He has been priviledged to train with some of the most respected instructors in the world. His personal instructors include Martial Art Movie Star, Grand Master CHUCK NORRIS (Chun Kuk Do 1984 to 1993), Grand Master Donald Duncan (Free Style Jujitsu 1970 to 1993), Master Robert Beaudoin (Tang Soo Do 1973 to 1978), Master Hun Chul Hwang (Tang Soo Do 1978 to 1983), and Grand Master Joe Rossi (Kun Tao 1990 to 1998).

Master Breuer has hosted or attended seminars taught by the Machados, Joe Lewis, Benny Urquidez, Gene Labell, Jeff Speakman and others. He is also a sought after seminar instructor conducting clinics in the USA, Canada, Russia, Uzbekistan and Mexico. Mr. Breuer has been inducted into 2 Internaional Hall Of Fames and issued the title of Certified Professional Martial Artist by CHUCK NORRIS. Mr. Norris also honored him as Man Of The Year in 1989 as well as making him Reaginal Director, placing him in charge of regional Black Belt testing for over 4 years. Prior to his passing in 1998, Grand Master JOE ROSSI granted Master Eric Breuer the highest honor he ever issued by giving Eric the title “SOKE-DAI” (HEIR OF SYSTEM). He also asked Mr. Breuer to help him design the new RKSI.

Mr. Breuer has authored many articles for most of the leading martial art magazines. He has appeared on several local cable T.V. programs as well as in State Police and Martial Art training videos. He had small rolls in the movies "SILENT TEARS" and the "BLACK COUGAR". He has preformed in several WWF entrance videos. He has also written, produced and preformed stunts in local and national commercials.

Mr. Breuer is a retired Connecticut State Trooper with over 22 years of service. He has held a variaty of positions including Patrol, Resident Trooper (overseeing ten local police officers), Defensive Tactics Instructor and over 8 years with the GOVERNOR’S SECURITY UNIT. Mr. Breuer has been decorated for his life saving efforts and bravery.

Mr. Breuer is currently living in Estero, FL with his wife Danielle and 2 Min Pins Scooby and Cricket.

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Grand Master Joe Rossi

Grand Master Joe Rossi

Kun Tao Grand Master Joe Rossi was a WWII hero, one of 69 to graduate the first U.S. military commando class. He was assigned to a Filipino jungle survival expert who became his Kun Tao master. Grand Master Rossi, already his Navy fleet’s boxing champ, fine tuned his Kun Tao into a very effective hand to hand method.

Prior to his passing in November of 1998 Grand Master Rossi promoted Master Eric Breuer to the rank of 7th degree black belt the highest rank ever issued in the ROSSI KUN TAO SYSTEM. He also honored him with the title SOKE-DAI (HEIR OF SYSTEM). Mr. Breuer actively teaches the ROSSI KUN TAO SYSTEM as part of his black belt curriculum.

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