The Phoenix Rises Anew

Beautiful CHANGE and evolution have occurred for the Phoenix System.

Phoenix Martial Arts System has joined forces with Kyoshi Stephen F. Douglas Sr. and Sensei Steve Douglas Jr. and we are rocking and rolling with our “Music” and version of the Martial Arts  “Dance” , Our coming out party happened on June 30, 2012 as Sensei Steve was promoted to Nidan in the Phoenix System. And Stephen and I were promoted to 7th and 6th degree Black Belts respectively  by Shidoshi Ron Van Clief of Chinese Goju Ryu. It was a wonderful day not only for the cherished promotions, but for the fact we had a chance to train with Family and  the PMAS “Family” grew as well. Present for this day were Mr. Tom LeBrun of Knight Hawk Security and LeBrun Self Defense System, Master John Borter of the Modern Self Defense Academy. And we were joined by Martial Artists from New Hampshire , Pennsylvania and Michigan.  Sensei Bob Walstrom of Zujitsu Ryu , James Burkett and James Kite of Chinese Guju and Kelly Shea, a Nidan in Tae Kwon Do. From Vermont we had Master Karen Davoren , founder and chief instructor of Makoto Ryu Dojo and her student Kyle Wyman. And from the Phoenix Family we had Betsy Hurley, The Merrow Family, Yana Scelsi, Sean Bottomms and Tristan Goodman.

All of this was made possible  by a past connection with Shidoshi Van Clief  that Kyoshi Douglas had. We are now members of Shidoshi’s Martial Arts Family. I am also proud to call him Friend. And I am grateful for the Martial Knowledge that he shared that day as he conducted a Defensive Tactics Seminar.

Phoenix Martial Arts System emerged from this weekend shining a little brighter and it was affirmed that it is on the correct Path in its mission to bring traditional Martial/Warrior values to a modern World.

Domo Arigato Shidoshi Ron Van Clief for your recognition of Kyoshi and myself. And thank you Kyoshi for being the Man that you are. Thank you to all that participated. You are valued and loved!

BTW Shidoshi has written a book called The Hanged Man. It is about his life and experiences. It is available at and Kindle. And there are three documentaries coming out here in 2012 featuring him. One debuted in N.Y. while Shidoshi was on tour. Visit his website at for more info.

Until next time I remain Yours in the True Spirit of the Martial Arts.



Phoenix Continues to Rise!

It was my pleasure and my honor to attend The 23rd Annual 2010 Global Leadership Conference & U.S.A. International Black Belt Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Conference Weekend on November 12-14. It was wonderful to see old friends and make new ones from the United States and around the world.

Missing from this years event was the physical presence of Dr. Marty Manuel but his Spirit was alive and well represented by his students. A great Martial Artist,Sensei and Man. You are missed my Brother in the Martial Arts.

My thanks to Dr. Tom LeBrun for nominating me for The Diamond Crystal Award of Spirit and to Grandmaster John Kanzler for inducting Alan McGraw with the Outstanding achievement Award.

It was also my pleasure and honor to present a Kabox seminar to my fellow Martial Arts colleagues.My proudest moment came when Soke Kanzler announced Phoenix Martial Arts System at the banquet dinner that evening as he presented me with my Award.

A special thank you to my students. Because of you the Phoenix continues to rise!

Phoenix is flying!

Phoenix Martial Arts is flying high. Tonight we had Shiai aka belt rank promotions and every one passed with flying colors. Thank you to Kitt Hazelton, Logan Wuerslin, Giselle Cazaudumec,Kayla Bottomms, and Carrie Mathews for helping to test these wonderful karateka.

Achieving rank in the children’s class were the following:

Aidan Moscarello, Chris Scott Ameden, Hunter Fillion, Jillian Ihasz, Olivier Cazaudumec

And achieving rank in the adults class were:

Alex Johnson, Nicole Fillion, Betsy Hurley, Ben Comar, Alan McGraw

I am very proud of all of you. It is an honor to be your Sensei.


On Oct. 23rd at the Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center in Rutland, Aimee DeRoehn and myself will be combining Yoga and Martial Arts in a seminar that we call BRINGING THE POWER. SELF DEFENSE meets KABOX meets POWER YOGA and we as instructors take you on a Body,Mind,Spirit adventure that will empower you from the inside/out. Come join us from 1:30 to 5:00. This seminar is open to all Martial Artists, Yogis, and non-practitioners of either ages 13 and above. Pre-registration is preferred. Cost of the seminar is $45.00 pre./$ 55.00 at the door.

To learn more about Aimee DeRoehn visit

And to learn more about Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center visit

For more info please call me at 802-379-1296  or call Aimee or the Pyramid at the phone numbers that you will find at their websites.


Up Coming Events!

Upcoming events:

Oct. 9, 2010:KOBOX  at 2:00 and 2:30 at the Great Rutland Race. One event in a day of fun for the city. Benefits Pink Ribbon Diva Foundation and the Scholarship Program for the Rutland Rec. Dept. Check out Location of the KABOX DEMO will be announced.

Oct 23,2010-KABOX and PHOENIX MARTIAL ARTS teams with Aimee DeRoehn of ROAD HOME POWER YOGA at Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center for BRINGING the POWER. Martial Arts/Kabox combine with Yoga so that  participants will learn about self empowerment using self-defense, fitness and yoga. The class will run from 1:30 to 5:00 

Check out Road Home Power Yoga at

Check out Pyramid Holistic Wellness Center at

Nov. 12-14,2010 I will be attending the 23rd Annual 2010 Global Leadership Conference & U.S.A. International Black Belt Hall of Fame induction ceremony conference weekend. This event is sponsored by the Eastern U.S.A. International Martial Arts Association and is held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Check out their website:

Exciting! Stay tuned for more.

Kabox meets Road Home Empower Yoga

This Saturday  6/19/2010  two powerful forces come together in one seminar. Not only Martial Arts meets Yoga, Kabox meets Road Home Empower Yoga, Phoenix Martial Arts meets Vinyasa Power Yoga, and Martial Artist meets Spiritual  Athlete. Aimee DeRoehn and I team up to do a seminar that will put Martial Arts and Vinyasa Yoga together. Martial Arts has its roots in yoga and meditation, it is only natural to combine the two disciplines. Aimee and I are passionate about what we do and we believe in the fact that it can heal and empower every individual that participates in our class. And on top of this you will have fun as well.

You know about Kabox but here is a little about what Aimee has to offer:

Hey Spiritual Athlete! What an honor to be part of YOUR NEW BEGININGS and YOUR journey to revealing your Authentic Personal Power!

Join me for an amazing, unique, transformational, experience called Power Vinyasa Yoga Basics.  Together, we hang out and explore the building blocks of a basic foundational Yoga Practice. “Vinyasa” means that without blocks, allow me to teach you how breathing, alignment married with the flow of physical postures creates a meditation in motion. Allow Power Vinyasa to teach you the acceptance of working with what YOU OWN already for strength and flexibility, unplugging from your life and wringing out whatever head and heart trash your body houses too!
I leave people BETTER than I found them. Let Power Vinyasa deeply nurture you, strengthen your personal self-worth, Yoga is so much more than the physical, it is about becoming more grounded and confident and KINDER to yourself too! You are far more capable and worthy than you might allow yourself to THINK. I am looking to show you you’re MORE than a body, your body is the abode YOUR UNIQUE awesome SOUL resides in. If I can have you walking out feeling more in awe of YOUR UNIQUE self, your grace, your beauty.  If you leave FEELING FOR YOU, you will feel for OTHERS. If you leave feeling like you found the BEST version of YOU, you will ONLY see that in others and liberate them to express themselves from the grace of themselves. IF you feel the SOUL of YOU, then you will see it in your CHILD,  your LOVED ones, your siblings,  your neighbor, your pets, and your plants! THEN, I will have taught you the basics of POWER VINYASA.. Healing the planet , with YOU! Stronger in body, clearer in mind, FULLER heart! EMpowered to change YOUR WORLD!
(Learn more about Aimee at or e-mail her at
The seminar will start with some Phoenix Self Defense basics and then move into Kabox and then Aimee will introduce you to her Road Home Empower Yoga.
Seminar schedule will be as follows:  1:30 -Self Defense Basics
                                                                           2:30- Kabox
                                                                           3:30- Power Vinyasa Yoga Basics
Cost is $45.00 and we ask that you please call 802-375-1296 or respond to by leaving a post to reserve a spot.
Please bring water, a yoga mat, food for a quick energy boost and lots of ENTHUSIASM!


CONGRATULATIONS!!!! to Ronan Phillips (Orange), Ian Phillips (Yellow) and Ryan Towsley (Green) on a very successful and FUN young Warrior’s Shiai.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! to Betsy Hurley (Yellow), Mikhaila Shum (Yellow), Erica Johnson (Green), Ben Comar (Purple), Kitt Hazelton (Shodan) and Coleen West (Nidan) on a very SPIRITED and successful adult Warrior’s Shiai.

Thank you to my board of Black Belts for attending– Dr. Tom LeBrun, Christine Uschida, Alan McGraw and Bob Stannard. 

Domo Arigato! Oss! Namaste!