History of our FIMAP program
I studied a variety of martial arts before having the privilege to study Pekiti-Tirsia under Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, and Pentjak Silat under Suyardi "Eddie" Jafri in the late 1970’s and early 80's. I was also fortunate to be able to become great friends with Eric Knaus, whose association and friendship is responsible for our current style. It was this period that we discovered that full-contact weapon fighting was experimental ground for analysis and the development of different fighting technologies and training methods. It was this period of my career that opened both Eric and myself to the idea that there has to be a method to test and develop fighting technologies. In the mid 1990’s, Ray, Dave Bucheimer (an outstanding master of Tang Soo Do) and I established the Central Maryland Martial Arts, which, for the next 17 years would, be the experimental laboratory for our new edition of full-contact fighting. The addition of Harry Hines and Brad Grenke to our group, that same year, provided invaluable analysis and developed new techniques and insights into different aspect of weapons fighting. These talented, intelligent, and funny guys fostered new aspects of fighting I thought not possible as well as a great sense of humor. We saw this as a science research project. At one of our seminars, we fortunate to have Jim Tirey, Maggie Osborn, and Warren O’Hara attend. We notice the incredible synergy with what they were practicing and our perspective, which began a new era in our approach to different fighting as well as a great friendship. Over the last 20 years we have explored the physical and mental aspects that make up a state we like to call “spontaneous mastery”. With Tirey’s extensive special operation training and outstanding Jiujutsu, we were able to forge new applications in weapon fighting.