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POWER & CONFIDENCE : Depending on personal abilities, the time that it takes to become skilled will vary from individual to individual. Consistent training is very important for the student to feel accomplishment and lessen any feelings of frustration. Usually, consistent students feel fairly confident in their skills after approximately six months.
Muay Thai, Wing Chun, JKD, FMA – Derobio Escrima & Kali, Silat, Boxing, Bootcamp, Capoeira, Dragon & Tiger Warriors, Ethos Combatives, and Womens Fitness
Sifu/Khun Kru/Guru Harun Raja
OWNER & LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Sifu Raja holds a black sash under both Sifu Al Zepeda and Sigong Francis Fong in the art and science of Wing Chun Kung Fu. He is also an associate instructor/Khun Kru under Ajarn Chai and is the South Carolina, Greenville Branch representative for the Thai Boxing Association of USA. In furthering is martial arts studies, in 2016, Mr. Raja became Guru under Dan Inosanto and Dan Medina and integrates this art of weaponry skills into his FMA classes. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
Grandmaster Dan Medina
Founder and Grand Master of Majapai Derobio and Author of “The Secret Art of Derobio Escrima”
Grandmaster Medina has been inducted into the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame, Eastern USA International Blackbelt Hall of Fame, Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors and World Head of Family Sokeship Council hall of Fame. In 2014, Grandmaster Dan Medina has been nominated as a Legendary Figure in the Martial Arts by W.H.F.S.C as well as a Nomination to the Masters Hall of Fame. He is the author of the Tambuli Media book, The Secret Art of Derobio Escrima. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
Kru Hafez Hakim
Daytime Instructor of Muay Thai
Personal Fitness Trainer and Assisting Instructor, Hafez embarked on his Martial Arts Journey doing private lessons personally from Sifu Raja at his house long before Raja Academy was open. Mr. Hafez teaches our Daytime Muay Thai classes and helps in both Tiger Warriors and Dragon Warriors kids classes, along with running cardio and conditioning on our open gym sessions. He certified under Arjan Chai at the Francis Fong Academy of martial arts. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
Instructor Sonya Browning
Level 2 Instructor for Muay Thai and Women’s Kickboxing
Through her dedication and drive Sonya has been a substitute Instructor for Ethos Combatives, Universal Tactics Martial Arts, Kickboxing Underground and Self Defense Classes throughout the years. Coach Sonya is an Assistant Instructor in Muay Thai for Raja’s Academy of Martial Arts. She is also an Instructor in Self Defense (seminars are available upon request). Visit Sonya at Raja Academy on Tuesday nights at 6:45pm. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
Owner of Uncaged Fitness, Personal Trainer, Bootcamp Coach and Assisting Instructor for Raja Academy
My name is Josh and I’ve been involved in both the martial arts and fitness world for a long time. I’m a certified personal trainer who’s been blogging about strength training and conditioning for combat athletes since 2009. I’ve helped many different folks from many different backgrounds all over the world and right here at home improve both their physiques and their performance. I’d love the opportunity to help you as well. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
Coach Vince Seabrook
Owner of Peace Body Movement and US Boxing Instructor
Personal Trainer in Boxing and Assisting Instructor, Vince embarked on martial arts at the age of 9. Grew up with Family martial art instructors. Immediately started competing in Karate tournaments and competitions. After receiving his black belt, then he understudied various other martial arts. Boxing was Vince’s favorite of them all leading up to becoming a certified USA Boxing coach, and K1 (Kickboxing) coach. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
Assisting Level 1 Instructor in Muay Thai and Kids’ Coach in Dragon Warriors and Tiger Warriors
Mrs. Janet has been with the Academy since ıts openıng ın 2009 and has contributed to it ever since. A teacher by profession, she utilizes her great teaching ability and applies them in our kids classes. She has also trained under Ajarn Paul Delfino in the art of Muay Thai along with training in his Universal Tactics class and has obtained level two certification under him. She is a Level 1 Instructor in Muay Thai under the TBA.
Tariq Ibn Ziad
Assisting Instructor for Wing Chun
Mr. Tariq started his martial arts journey ın 2005 in the art of Wing Chun Kung Fu and is one of Sifu Raja’s close disciples. He remembers training at his house, obtaining private one on one sessions until the Academy opened. Shortly after, he decided to embark on the martial art of Muay Thai and his passion and hunger for martial arts has grown ever since. He is great with kids and helps out with both kids and adults classes in both the Muay Thai and Wing Chun classes while in Sifu’s absence. Mr. Tariq currently holds a Red Sash under Sifu Harun Raja in the art of Wing Chun and has over 5 years of Muay Thai experience as well.
Contra Mestre Neguin and Professora Risadinha
Cordão de Ouro Capoeira
Contra Mestre Neguin has over 25 years experience in this art-form and is eager to share what he has learned. His additional experience and education in Physical education makes this a fun, safe yet challenging workout for anyone. Capoeira goes beyond the workout complete with music and history so that everyone, regardless of physical ability is able to participate at some level. The only way to get in shape for capoeira is to do it.
Professora Risadinha and has trained since 2002 with ASCAB Capoeira under Mestre Doutor. Music and motion have always been integral components of her life, so the synergy of the two found in capoeira was irresistible. Risadinha has had the privilege to have trained and performed all over the United States and internationally. Risadinha has lived in Brazil on two occasions to deepen her study and understanding of the culture, capoeira, music and is fluent in Portuguese.
Pesilat Jason Neff
Providing instruction in the arts of Pencak Silat Mande Muda and Silek Harimau Minangkabau in Mason, Ohio
Pesilat Jason Neff started martial arts at the age of 16 in Kosho Ryu Kempo. During his martial arts journey, he has trained in Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, and Kali before he discovered Silat and made it his main focus. In January of 2003, Neff met Guru Kelly Smith who introduced him to both Pencak Silat Mande Muda and Lumpat Harimau Minangkabau. Since then, Neff has continued training under multiple Jagabayas and Gurus in both arts. Neff is Ohio’s representative for Pencak Silat Mande Muda and a full instructor in Lumpat Harimau Minangkabau under Maha Guru Richard Crabbe De-Bordes. He currently travels, visits and teaches two times out of a month at Raja Academy under the FMA arts.