Head Sifu Stephen Bugler started his training in 1995 at the University at Buffalo. Then from 1997 to 1998 he began training in a little school in downtown Albany under an original JKD lineage. In 1999, he met Sifu Raffi Derderian and continued to progress through the ranks, attending many seminars along the way in various forms of martial arts. In 2005 he received the rank of Black Sash and his title as Sifu.
Since then he has begun his own school taking on many students. Through Seminars and classes, Sifu Stephen has taught hundreds of individuals. Three of his students have received the rank of Black Sash and the title of Sifu. He also maintains a continual quest for self improvement as well as the betterment of others.
Over the years he has trained in many Martial Arts, including:
JKD, Kali, Wing Chun, Muay Thai, BJJ, Monkey Kung Fu, Pushing Hands, Tai Chi, Krav Maga, Ninjitsu, Internal energy arts, Tae Kwon Do, Silat, System, Analysis of a fight and conflict situations/how to think like a criminal, Sayoc Kali, Kun Tao, Combat Hapkido, and many more.
He has had the privilege to train with such instructors as, Guru Dan Inosanto, Sifu Kevin Seaman, Sifu Raffi Derderian, Sifu Tacky Kimura, Sifu Tim Tacket, Ajarn Chai Sirsute, Sifu Francis Fong, Sifu Larry Hartsell, Sifu Jerry Poteet, Carlson Gracie Jr., Sensei Gokor Chivichian, Sifu Mark Cardona, Coach Jeff Burger, Sifu Steven Watson, Sabumnim Chris LaCava, UFC Fighter Joe Lauzon, Guro Nick Sacalous, Sifu Randy Siordia, Grandmaster John Pelegrini, Hock Hockheim and many others.
Sifu Stephen has been training in various martial arts for over 20 years and has been teaching for over 10 as a certified Full Instructor in Jeet Kune Do and in recent years an Apprentice Instructor in Kali under Sifu Raffi Derderian. He is also working towards certification in JKD Grappling.
Sifu Stephen teaches classes, seminars and teaches private lessons in JKD, Kali, and self-defense.
Sifu John DeSorbo has built over 15 years of experience in Jeet Kune Do. Having trained under some of the best instructors, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge. Some of the fields he has experience in include Boxing, Kun Tao, Balintawak, Thai Boxing, Silat, Combat Hapkido, Sayco Kali, and more.
Having a passion for Martial Arts he attends many seminars and is currently working on becoming certified in Kali under Raffi Derderian.
Sifu John started training under Sifu Stephen Bugler in 2000 and achieved the status of Black Sash and the title of Sifu in Jeet Kune Do in 2015. He is a Level Three in Kali under Sifu Raffi Derderian, as well as a Senior Student in Balintawak under Sifu Steve Nacua.
Sifu George started his life in Martial Arts when he was eight years old. He trained at Grand Master John H. Dinkins School of Martial Arts in Brooklyn, NY. John Dinkins is a 10th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Although George only trained at this school for two years, it was very influential in instilling discipline, flexibility and a passion for the Martial Arts.
When Sifu George was 10 years old, he and his family moved to Long Island. He soon started training at Waseda Judo Club which was located in Baldwin, NY at that time. His head instructor was Sensei Hiroyuki Yamashita, 8th Dan. Training in Judo was very influential in developing his physical and mental balance, reflexes and instinct. His understanding of using an opponent’s energy against them was developed while training at Waseda.
When Sifu George was 18 years old, he came to Albany for college. While he was in school he trained sporadically with the SUNY Albany MMA club. He also trained at Cohoes Judo under Jason Cryan, 5th Dan.
Sifu George joined Albany Jeet Kune Do (AFMA previous name) in 2005 under Sifu Stephen Bugler. Sifu George was looking for a Martial Art that focused on multiple ranges and flowed between them effectively, allowing him to utilize techniques from various styles with focus on core concepts such as efficiency, simplicity and directness was very important to him.
Sifu George acquired his Black Sash and the title of Sifu in Jeet Kune Do in March 2015 and is a Level Three in Kali under Sifu Raffi Derderian.