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Sigung Claro Austria
Ch'uan-fa Instructors Name: Professor Terry Faircloth
System: FCM Ch'uan-fa Kajukenbo 7th degree

 

 

 

 

BIO: Claro Austria Sigung Claro Austria is a 7th Degree Black Belt under Professor Terry Faircloth of the Faircloth’s Method of Kajukenbo. His promotion is further validated by SGM Gabe Vargas, GM Bob Heuer, and Professor Steve Larson.  He has been training in the Martial Arts for thirty years. He started studying with Professor Faircloth in 1985, and he became the second student to be awarded a black belt. Soon after his promotion in 1988, he began teaching at a local health club in Federal Way, Washington. A year later, he became a full-time assistant teacher to Professor Faircloth at the Academy of Martial Arts and later to the Progressive Fighting Arts. When he was a teen, he was Professor Faircloth’s number one student in competition and was one of the top competitors in the Kata & Weapons Division in the Northwest Regional Karate/Kung-fu Tournaments. His students were also some of the top competitors in the Junior Kata and Kumite Division in the region.

 

 

 

After graduating from the University of Washington in 1995 as a theatre major, he moved to Toyama Prefecture, Japan and taught English and began his study of Aikido. He was promoted to Shodan by Ryuji Sakamoto Shihan from the Aikikai World Headquarters.  He learned Aikido from Sakamoto Sensei in the town of Kosugi.  He has since dedicated thirteen years studying Aikido from some of the finest teachers in the art such as Haruo Matsuoka Sensei, Shizuo Imaizumi Shihan and seminars with Seiseki Abe Shihan.

 

 

 

His main interest is in learning Aiki & Internal Power, and he is infusing it to Kajukenbo. He has mainly been learning Aiki & Internal Power from Dan Harden. His other teachers and colleagues who provide insight to this type of training are Howard Popkin & Joe Brogna, teachers of Daitoryu Aikijujitsu, and Marc Abrams teacher of Aikido and Okinawan Karate.  Sigung Austria holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Wun Hop Kuen Do under Professor Faircloth and further validated by SGM Al Dacascos.  Furthermore, he has experience in Wrestling, Filipino Martial Art, Karate, and other Kung-fu Styles.

 

 

 

Sigung Austria currently lives and teaches in New York City and has been given the responsibility of advancing and promoting students in Professor Faircloth’s Kajukenbo Family Tree. He can be contacted atclaroaustria@hotmail.com.