Master Ron Reekers’ training began in 1986 when his sister invited him to come to her self-defense studio. He began training under a Master Frank Brickey and additional training under Grandmaster Al Anderson. He earned his Black Belt in Aam-Bu-Jutsu in 1989 and currently holds the rank of Tenth Dan Grandmaster given in 2011. In 1990 he began a diverse period of training. He began training under a Filipino Gentleman by the name of Sam Dungca who taught Kalirongan Filipino Martial Arts (a Largo Mano system). At that time he had trained in some basic FMA through Master Frank; mostly from the Modern Arnis system of sinawali (weaving patterns) and mano y mano (empty hand fighting). Master Sam’s depth of knowledge in FMA was astounding which provided the energy to Master Ron to began to take a serious look into the art of Largo Mano Eskrima. In 1992, through Master Sam, he met Master Parker Linekin. He studied Tai Chi (Yang Long Form, Sabre Form, Two-Man form) and American Kung Fu (Kempo) from Coach Linekin. After moving to Los Angeles, for a short time Master Ron studied Zendo-Ryu from Sensei Philip Skornia, and later dedicated his time in Danzanryu Jujitsu and Kodokan Judo under the late Sensei Manely Fox. In September of 1994 he moved to Huntington Beach and began studying Shotokan from Sensei Earl Treichel. At the same time he began studying Kabaroan Eskrima from Grand Master Ramiro Estalilla Jr which he is still very much involved with to this day. Master Ron opened up the Thunder Center in 1996 where he taught American Combat Kumite (Self-Defense Martial Arts) and Filipino Martial Arts (Kabaroan Kalirongan). He closed the school in 2004 to persue his other love of the Fine Arts, and receiving two degrees in Fine Art from Cal State Long Beach. (see www.reekersart.com/wordpress) Master Ron still teaches private lessons in Filipino Martial Arts and will host seminars for Grand Master Ramiro Estalilla Jr.
Statement from Grandmaster Ron Reekers:
“Though I have diligently trained for nearly 30 years I still feel relatively new to the ‘Way’. I continue to ask, “What makes a Martial Artist? How does Martial Arts apply to today’s world? Why did I choose this path?” These are questions I contemplate on and yet have no answer. I keep walking the path as it lies out before me. I take Musashi’s words to heart, ‘Walking a thousand miles must be done one step at a time’”