Martial Arts Experience

American Kenpo 

3rd Degree Black Belt

Bryan Hawkins Kenpo Karate (Ed Parker Lineage)

Primary Instructors Mr. Bryan Hawkins and Mr. Wes Idol

2014 - Present

Coszacks Karate

1st Degree Black Belt

Coszacks Karate Club 

Primary Instructor: Grandmaster Hardwick

Black Belt Earned 1994

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)

White Belt with 4 stripes

Dynamix MMA

Primary Instructor: Gustavo Gasperin 

July 2020 - October 2022

Gracie Allegiance Ohio

Primary Instructor: Jason Cable

November 2022 - Present

Tae Kwon Do (TKD)

1st Degree Black Belt

Jun Chong Martial Arts Academy

Primary Instructors: Master Armen Safarian (tested white  belt through blue belts and black belt) & Grandmaster Chong (tested green belts through red belts)

2018 - 2022

Hapkido

1st Degree Black Belt

Jun Chong Martial Arts Academy

Primary Instructors: Master Armen Safarian (tested white  belt through blue belts and black belt) & Grandmaster Chong (tested green belts through red belts)

2018 - 2022

Dutch Kickboxing / Muay Thai

Dynamix MMA

Primary Instructors: AJ Barnala & Antoni Hardonk

2020 - 2022

Wrestling

Dynamix MMA

Primary Instructor: Vlad Matyushenko

2020 - 2022

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photo by Noel Daganta

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photo by Jose Angel Castro

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black belt magazine Heel Kick Article
black belt magazine Heel Kick Article

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Black Belt Magazine Article 3

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Black Belt Magazine Appearances

Ian began training in the martial arts at the age of 12.  His first training was in Coszack's Karate which is an eclectic self defense system with roots in Shorin-Ryu, Judo and Wing Chug.  He excelled in classes and tournaments alike and in 1994 he became the youngest ever Coszack's practitioner at that time to earn his black belt under Grandmaster Hardwick.

After moving to Los Angeles, Ian by chance passed by the Bryan Hawkins Kenpo Karate school in West LA and decided it was time to expand his martial arts knowledge.  Ironically as a youngster Ian attended one of Grandmaster Ed Parker's camps and that experience stuck with him.  So when he met Master Hawkins whom is a direct student of GM Parker he felt as if he had come home upon entering the West Los Angeles Kenpo studio.  He began diligently training and earned his Kenpo black belt in 2017.

Once the second black belt was around his waist, he began to realize just how much he has yet to learn, not only in Kenpo but in martial arts as a whole.  It was at this point when Ian set his lifetime martial arts goal of earning the rank of black belt rank in 10 different martial arts systems and 10th degree in American Kenpo.  With this lofty goal in mind, Ian doubled up his dedication in Kenpo.  In addition to his Kenpo training, in 2018 he is started training in both TKD (Tae Kwon Do) and Hapkido concurrently and is working towards those black belts with Grandmaster Jun Chong in Los Angeles.  As covid-19 hit the country in 2020 causing training locations and class times to be changed, he has been able to add BJJ, Wrestling and Kickboxing to the training schedule.