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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 is a 7th Degree Black Belt under Professor Terry Faircloth of the Faircloth’s Method of Kajukenbo.  He has been training in the Martial Arts for thirty years. He started studying with Professor Faircloth in 1984, and he became the second student to be awarded a black belt. Soon after his promotion on May 15, 1987, 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.  He also began his study of Aikido in Kosugi-machi from Ryuji Sakamoto Shihan.  He was promoted to Shodan by Sakamoto Sensei and was certified by the Aikikai World Headquarters on August 25,1998.  He has dedicated fourteen 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.  

Sigung Austria also holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Wun Hop Kuen Do under Professor Faircloth and was certified by SGM Al Dacascos on April 19, 1990.  Furthermore, he has experience in Wrestling, Filipino Martial Art, Karate, and other Kung-fu Styles.

Currently, he is studying Aiki& Internal Power from Dan Harden.

 

Sigung Austria 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 at claroaustria@hotmail.com.