This weekend, my teacher Guro Bob Breen held another of his infamous 2 day Instructor camps in London. As usual it was well attended with locals as well as students from Germany and Italy. One of those students was Tony Ligorio, who is the official representative of Guro Bob in Italy and has been his student for nearly 20 years.
On the second day of the camp, he was formally promoted by Guro to the rank of FULL INSTRUCTOR making him only the second person to receive that honour.
It is a fantastic achievement and if Tony felt anything like I did when I was promoted in March 2008, I can say it's a feeling that cannot easily be described.
Tony is a dedicated family man and martial artist. I have trained and sparred with him countless times over the years both here and Italy. He is very humble and unassuming but many people get a real shock when he turns it on as he really knows his stuff in practice as well as in theory. I have been on the recieving end of a few of his right hooks over the years.
Tony is a long standing and very accomplished martial artist. Below is a summary of some of his achievements but certainly not all:
*Full Instructor - Guro Bob Breen
* Black Belt - Took the infamous test and passed - Guro Bob Breen
*Coach Level 1- CSW under Sensie Erik Paulson
*World Stickfighting Champion - 1998
*2 x European shoot boxe champion
*7 x Italian Kung fu champion
*Tai chi Instructor
*Kicboxing & MMA record of 81 fights with 73 wins
*Owner and operator of one of the largest schools in Italy
*has written books on Shoot Fighting
Once again - Congrats my friend