The experienced, knowledgeable instructors and staff at Ephrata Martial Arts are constantly mindful of the students’ best interests. Ephrata Martial Arts instructors continually pursue their own martial arts training, learning from some of the world’s best practitioners of various martial arts styles, and applying that knowledge to the programs at Ephrata Martial Arts. Their pursuit of knowledge in the martial arts fuels the dynamic nature of the school and its programs.
All Ephrata Martial Arts instructors also compete on a regular basis, which keeps them on top of their game, and provides the Ephrata Martial Arts competition team with solid leadership. The instructors and staff at Ephrata Martial Arts uphold traditional martial arts values while growing and evolving with the students' needs at the martial arts academy—resulting in the possible learning environment in which to develop well-rounded, mentally, and physically accomplished martial arts students.
Experience and Qualifications
Sifu Press brings leadership and over 25 years of mixed martial arts experience to the knowledge base at Ephrata Martial Arts. He received his first ranking in 1981 in West Harford, Connecticut in Jukido. Sifu Press has trained in various martial arts systems, including Tae Kwon Do, Jiu Jitsu, Kali, Ketsugo Kenpo and several systems of Kung Fu. He currently holds a black belt in Jukido, and has second-degree black belts in both Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu. Sifu Press is a certified SAMBO instructor under Master Vladislav Koulikov.
Sifu Press has had the privilege of training with legends in the martial arts such as: Grand Tuhon Leo T. Gaje, Guro Dan Inosanto, Punong Guro Edgar Sulite, Master Vladislav Koulikov, and UFC Champion Rich Franklin. Sifu Press believes that martial arts is dynamic and demands continuous learning in order to succeed. By continually training and competing alongside the staff and students at Ephrata Martial Arts, Sifu Press demonstrates his philosophy by example.
Sifu Press is a three-time NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association) World Title belt holder, and has won numerous competitions along the East Coast. An avid grappler, Sifu Press competes in Grappler’s Quest and NAGA (North American Grapplers Association) circuits. In 2006, he was rated 2nd in the state of Pennsylvania in his division through RANKED (NAGA’s official national grappling ranking system). In April, 2007, Sifu Press placed first in his division at the NAGA World Grappling Championships. Sifu Press is currently training himself and his team for upcoming NAGA and Grappler’s Quest competitions as well as training his fighters for their bouts in early 2008.
Angelina's advanced rank in Bai Kai Kung Fu is a result of nearly five years of continuous training in the martial art. Angelina's experience in dance, and her interest in forms and traditional weapons including the Chinese straight sword makes her a valuable asset to Ephrata Martial Arts competition team.
An amateur Kickboxer with a record of 1-0, and a NAGA medalist, Angelina is currently training for upcoming fights and building on her grappling experience as well, Angelina wants to eventually compete in mixed martial arts.
Assistant Instructor • Kids Programs
A student of Ephrata Martial Arts for almost five years, Daniel currently holds a brown sash in Bai Kai Kung Fu. Daniel's interest in forms and traditional weapons including the Chinese straight sword are apparent as he assists with the instruction of under rank students at Ephrata Martial Arts. Daniel also regularly assists Sifu Press with Kickboxing classes for both adults and children.
Daniel, an amateur Kickboxer with a record of 1-0, is looking to better his record in upcoming fights, while assisting his fellow Ephrata Martial Arts fight team members.
Ephrata Martial Arts is the Ephrata, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and surrounding area's best in mixed martial arts instruction.
Located in Ephrata PA, Ephrata Martial Arts offers mixed martial arts programs and mixed martial arts classes, martial arts for kids, and
adult martial arts programs in Kickboxing, Grappling, mixed martial arts (MMA), Russian SAMBO, submission wrestling, and self defense.