My Mentor


saheed2Shortly after, I had no choice but to choose a system that was approved by the regime, Kyokushin Karate, ​under master H​ossain Shirzad. I continued my training in Kyokushin Karate until leaving my country for good in 1985, and then trained under master I​ngo Freier i​n Berlin, Germany.

Due to a severe injury to my right shoulder, I had to stop training for several weeks. After recovering, I met master ​Felix Preotama, ​who became my Taekwondo i​nstructor. In 1990, I received my first black belt in Taekwondo and competed in T.K.D tournaments for 4 years.

In 1991, after West and East Germany reunited, I moved to Los Angeles and met master F​ariborz Azhakh. He became my H​apkido ​coach for the next 10 years.  I studied the art of Hapkido and received my 5th degree black belt.

During this time, I was introduced to Sifu R​on Bakicki, ​my first Kali influence. From that point on, my research, study, and training focused on Filipino martial arts until I joined the academy of Guru ​Dan Inosanto in 2012. With his guidance, I was be able to study K​ali, Silat, Muay Thai, Jun Fan Kung Fu, ​and with Sensei ​Yori Nakamura, I also studied the art of Shooto ​at the academy.
 
Now, with my dear friend Professor B​ob Hodgkin, I​ have the opportunity to continue research, study, training, and teaching at his Lihi Jiu Jitsu Academy.

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