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Eric and Long time friend World Kickboxing Champion JOE LEWIS

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday

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Orlando Martial Arts

ORLANDO MARTIAL ARTS
64 Ewin Ave.
Waterbury, CT 06708 (United States)

vchenz@ntplx.net

(203) 573-0045

We specialize in practical self-defense instruction. Our style, as taught by Orlando Martial Arts, is a comprehensively blended mix of: Moo Duk Kwan-Tang Soo Do & Tae Kwon Do, combat Jiu-Jitsu, American Kenpo, Aikido, Koppo Tai-Jitsu, Taiji Chin Na, Filipino Kun Tao, American Free-Style Karate and American Street Fighting.

Our training style blends tradition with the most effective training concepts and techniques, to form a diverse and comprehensive, practical self-defense training system, to fit the needs of today’s world.

The credentials of our teaching staff are as follows:

  • Master Vincent A. Orlando – 4rth degree black belt
    • 30 years of martial arts experience
  • Mr. Joseph P. Orsini – 3rd degree black belt
    • 13 years of martial arts experience 
  • Mr. Paul J. Orsini – 2nd degree black belt
    • 13 years of martial arts experience
  • Mr. Ian Ahnee – 2nd degree black belt
    • 10 years of martial arts experience

Orlando Martial Arts is a proud member of:
Universal Fighting Arts Fellowship International (UFAFI)
Rossi Kun Tao System International
United States Martial Arts Association
Valadez Kenpo Association

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Master Romain Staples

Master Romain Staples is awarded the title of SOKE (Head of Family) by the Universal Fighting Arts Fellowship. Soke Breuer who was on conference call during the Presentation by Masters Vin Orlando, Ernie Brunelli and Ronnie Russell. Soke Breuer stated that “This is a long over do recognition for Soke Staples. He has contributed GREATLY to the martial arts and community in general. Soke Staples has always been supportive of everyone and has never asked for anything in return.” Soke Staples said he was Honored to receive this title and it will be displayed in a place of high prominence for all to see.

Left: Soke Romain Staples displays his new Title and UFAFI patch.

Below: Black belts in attendence from Left to Right Back Row: IAN AH NEE 2nd dan, Master Vincent Orlando 5th dan, Soke Romain Staples, Master Ernest Brunelli 7th dan, Master Ronald Russel 8th dan. Also the rest of the Orlando Martial Arts School!!!

The term SOKE means Head Of Family. Such as a Father or Grand Father would be. As used in its martial art terminology, SOKE is a title without BELT RANK. He is a founder of his own system or leader of a “Family” system. Therefore, a SOKE can promote up to 10th dan in his own style.

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KUN TAO Philipino Fist Art
by Eric Breuer

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In 1521, Ferdinand Magellan discovered the Philippines. Magellan did not know how the native tribes would receive him and his crew, and he decided to land on an uninhabited island, later known as Homonhou. Once his crew had recouped from their long journey, Magellan decided to explore other islands. During his travels, Magellan became friends with a local Rajah named Kalumbu. With the help of Kalumbu, Magellan and-his crew went on to discover many of the islands of the Philippine chain.

Magellan was able to convert Rajah Kalumbu, his wife and 500 of his tribe to Christianity. With this new conversion, Magellan gave Kalumbu power to rule over all the islands in the name of Spain. Magellan brought all of the Rajah’s together for a conference. With a show of military prowess Magellan informed the Rajahs of Kalumbu’s new position. Most agreed to cooperate, however, one stood against them. His name was Rajah Lapu-Lapu, ruler of the island of Mactan.

Magellan believed that the spears, swords, daggers and sticks of Lapu·Lapu’s tribe would be of no match for his muskets. Thus, Magellan and Kalumbu went to war on the island of Mactan. Soon, much to Magellan’s dismay, he learned Lapu-Lapu was more formidable than expected. Lapu-Lapu and his wariors had great confidence in their Artting-Anting (magic amulets), Kali (use of weapons) and KunTau (fist way).

For the first time in the history of Philippine martial arts, they were used to defend their homeland from an invading force. Legend has it that Magellan died on the shores of Mactan at the hands of Lapu-Lapu in a fierce hand-to-hand battle. This pitted Magellan’s sword against Lapu-Lapu’s rattan stick. Magellan’s army also suffered defeat at the hands of Lapu-Lapu’s men.

During the time of Spanish rule, all weapons were banned from the local tribes. As a result, the continued . . .

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empty hand martial arts flourished. They were practiced under the guise of dance and stick games. It was not for centuries that the martial arts began to emerge from underground.

Just as the Philippine arts began to resurface, Japanese occupation of the islands banned the practice of the native arts. Once again the fighting arts went underground. During this time the art of Kun Tao was on a collision course with the West, in the name of Joe Rossi.

Most of the martial arts of the Philippines were weapon arts. Kun Tao, however, is an empty hand art. Kun Tao is an art based on Chinese Monkey Kung Fu. In many ways the fighting tactics resemble a mixture of Kenpo and Aiki Jujitsu. Kun Tao places a strong emphasis on pressure points and flesh tearing techniques.

Although masters of the past have tried to keep Kun Tao a secret they have not been successful. Prior to Japan’s involvement in W.W. II the U.S. Armed Forces sent their best men to the strategic Philippine Islands for training in jungle warfare. This was the first exposure of Kun Tao to U.S. Servicemen.

Grandmaster Joe Rossi was one of these elite fighting men. Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, in 1919. Grandmaster Rossi grew up in a predominately Italian section of town. At age 15, he joined the Boy’s Club and took up boxing. Fighting under the name Joe Dundee, he became the middleweight champion of Waterbury. Mr. Rossi was also involved in gymnastics, dance and semi-pro football as a youth.

In 1937, Mr. Rossi joined the Army and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Mr. Rossi continued his boxing career winning his camp’s championship. In 1940, Mr. Rossi decided not to re-enlist in the Army, continued . . .

(1) Black belt Bob Fernandes grabs Grandmaster Rossi by the throat. (2) The Grandmaster grabs Fernandes’ left wrist with his left hand. (3) Securing the left hond, Grand Master Rossie circles his right arm over the left to grab his opponent’s right wrist. (4) Circling the right arm clockwise over Fernandes’ left arm… (5) breaking the hyper-extended right elbow against his own left forearm. (6) Grandmaster Rossie then drives his right knee into Fernandes’ head and … (7) prepares for a downward chop… (8) to the back of Fernandes’ neck. (9) Even as Fernandes falls, the Grandmaster’s right foot is already in motion… (10) delivering a front kick to Fernandes’ face.

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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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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