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Simon Burgess has trained in Southeast Asian martial arts since 1987. An expatriate Brit, he twice represented England in international competition in the Philippines. After relocating to the United States, Simon captured the World Kickboxing Association US Super lightweight Amateur belt. Since retiring from competition, he has turned to the management and promotion aspect of kick boxing, putting on highly successful competitions in New York City with participants from as far as Holland, Russia and Thailand.
He has operated his own martial arts instruction business for over ten years, and is a certified instructor under Guro Bob Breen and the British Kali Escnma Association, Tuhon Bill McGrath and Pikiti Tersia International, a Senior Instructor under former WKA World Champion Edge Brown , a Kru of the International Muay Thai Association under the world famous Grandmaster Toddy. For “demonstrated technical, tactical and instructional proficiency in the Filipino combat system of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali,” Simon was promoted to the rank of Guro by Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, Jr. of the Pekiti Tirsia Global Organization. Simon also holds the rank of Arjan (Master) under the direction of Grandmaster Chansadeth “Cheetah” Chantanao. Simon continues to refine his craft in both muay Thai and Pekiti Tirsia, training regularly with acknowledged masters in both disciplines.