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Sigung Jeff Macalolooy:

I can use some help here ...

Anyone heard of "The Martial Arts Studio" in Forest Hills, New York?

I have a student that has relocated out there and is pursuing a career as NYPD.  He earned his purple belt from me and would like to continue training in Kajukenbo to earn his Black Belt.  He found this school 20 minutes from his house.

Anyone know Shihan Steven Sciandra?  On the website it says "Promoted by Sifu Bill Schettino and Sijo Adriano Emperado, founder" and that they are members of KSDI.


Any help would be great.  Thanks in advance.

 Here is some info on Sifu Bill Schettino, that points to who may have more information. Hope it helps.

Then in 1987, Bill became exposed to the formal "martial arts" in the person of Dr. Vince Black, who taught him, among other things, the internal art of Hsing-I and the art of Kajukenbo. Living with Dr. Black at this time was Sijo Adriano Emperado, a founder of Kajukenbo and a legendary martial artist in his own right. Bill was fortunate to be able to study with both Dr. Black, one of Sijo Emperado's most senior students, and Sijo himself at the same time. In addition, one of Dr. Black's students in the Internal Arts and Chinese medicine was Tom Bisio, an accomplished martial artist known for his expertise in Arnis. It was in this environment, surrounded and encouraged by men with similar attitudes about "fighting", yet vastly different skills and experiences than his own, that Bill's "process" led him to what is now known as Estacada. It was during a conversation in 1993 with Dr. Black that it was suggested to Bill that he systemize and organize his art.


In 1994, Bill moved back to New York City and, with the support of Tom Bisio, formed and started teaching classes in Estacada. In addition, Bill teaches Estacada Kajukenbo "Emperado Method" utilizing the principles and mechanics of Estacada.

Sigung Jeff,

 I used to train there. Shihan Steve is a great instructor. One thing about the Estacada Method of Kajukenbo is that there are no Palamas. The system has if I remember correctly 52 sets(techniques) that comprise the system not saying that that is all to it.On a side note the Kali class is awesome it's a blend of Sayoc Kali and Pekiti Tirsia.There is also a Kaju black belt teaching in Queens as well his name is Carlos Jiminez he posted here under the Seminars link.There is also my instructor Sigung Dusty Rhodes here in New Rochelle if he wants to make the commute.

Ghost Rider:
Sigung Dusty is under me and according to google map New Rochell is about 18 mile from forest hills.
Sigung Dusty is also certified with John Hackleman of the pit.

True it's close GM Harper but there are tolls and gas to consider. The MTA is talking about raising the tolls yet again.Pretty soon it will cost $15-$20 to cross the bridge.I was just trying to save him a few bucks in this economy every little bit helps. New York can be just as expensive as California on somethings.


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