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David Roy Kelly – Is the SMA Director based in Asia
“Currently I focus on running and managing the development StudyMartialArts.Org as well as helping martial arts students study and travel abroad. Part of that involves writing martial arts adventure travel and training blogs. These blogs generally focus on helping students and adventure travelers navigate through the treacherous waters of finding the right kung fu master or school.”
Will Wain-Williams has been living in China since 2007, training under many teachers, before finally finding master Zhou Zhen Dong, the lineage holder for Taiji Mantis in Yantai City. He has a taste for Chinese tea and is a keen backpacker, having travelled extensively in China, as well as South East Asia. In 2014 he moved to Seoul, South Korea, where he studied Taekkyon for a number of months. Not long after this he moved to Shanghai and is currently studying Xinyi Liu He.
“Nathaniel Cooke is the author of ‘How Not to Get Hit’, the top-selling book explaining the principles and behavior surrounding personal safety and self defense in an accessible, light-hearted way. He is also a student of Taijutsu, Taiji and Wing Chun. Currently living in the UK but having recently returned from a year in China, he writes about his experiences and those of people he knows that you might find interesting. He wants to make you laugh, then make you think, then maybe be a little bit safer at the end.”
Pete Star has been a martial arts instructor for most of his adult life. At present he is living and working in China.
“I have lots of other interests. I especially like traditional Japanese and Chinese music as well as neanderthal rock ‘n roll, country, and even some of the new stuff. I’m trained in acupuncture and Chinese massotherapy and I used to have a clinic in my school many moons ago. Over the years I have taken up writing and I currently have several martial arts books on the market.
I believe in being true to yourself, sincerity, integrity, and courtesy. I suppose I’m old-fashioned that way.” – Pete Starr
Robert Frankovich has been training in the martial arts since 1980. His first art was Song Moo Kwan Taekwondo, which he has now been teaching for over 25 years and is currently a 6th Dan. His Song Moo Kwan education has lead to being published in Black Belt Magazine, Taekwondo Times Magazine and Inside Taekwondo magazine. The publishing of his books about the Song Moo Kwan Chung Bong Hyung has also come in the past year. In 1990, he began training in Seidokan Aikido and earned a 2nd Dan. The success in writing about Song Moo Kwan came as a result of being challenged to write about Aikido. He has a couple published articles about Aikido in Black Belt Magazine. He began training in Haidong Gumdo in 2005 and is currently the senior Master in the Midwest Haidong Gumdo (USA). Additionally, he is a Minnesota State Board of Private Detectives/Protective Agents approved trainer with two current courses and two more being reviewed. His focus in the martial arts has always been on daily life application of principles and understanding personal protection.
Shidoshi (Instructor) Fane Hervey has been training in Martial Arts since he was 7 years old. He began training in the Bujinkan in 2003, under Robert Maynard, who consequently introduced him to Shihan David Heald, Sandy Marwick and Norman Smithers. In 2009 he attended a Seminar by Dr. Kacem Zoughari which changed his perspective on training. As a result he now tries to train with Kacem’s teacher, Ishizuka Sensei, whenever he visits Japan, as well as Soke Masaaki Hatsumi. He was awarded his Godan by Masaaki Hatsumi in 2013.
Fane also travelled and lived in both China and Russia for a number of years. In China, in 2007 he was made the most senior disciple to Grandmaster Chen Fu Sheng, Founder of the Baji Zhan Dao System of Kung fu, which includes Baji Quan, Piqua Zhang, Taiji Quan, Bagua Zhang, Xingyi Quan, Tong Bei Quan, & various methods of Nei Gong. To find out more visit: http://www.BajiZhandao.co.uk. In 2012, he visited Russia where he was able to train in Systema for 3 months with Mikhail Ryabko and his top students. Fane has been a student of Systema since 2004.