Instructor Name: Elias Morales, Jr.
Styles Taught: Sho Biyn Jiu, Kung-Fu, Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Freestyle Kickboxing, MMA, Capoeira
Currently Studying: Sho Biyn Jiu, Kung-Fu, Karate, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Muay Thai, MMA
Tang-Soo-Do – apprentice black belt
Uechi-ryu – green belt
Sho Biyn Jiu – blue belt
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – purple belt
Muay thai – Level 8
Freestyle kickboxing – Orange sash
Capoeira – cordel verde
Youth black belt point sparring state champion, youth and adult/black belt (point sparring, forms & wood breaking) national champion, multiple youth & adult/black belt division champion, 2004 tang soo do martial artist of the year, 2005 Tang-Soo-Do best martial artist role model award. Multiple gold medalist zone champion, Naga 1st & 2nd place white belt division, and multiple wins in local tournaments at the blue and purple belt rank.
Martial Arts Biography;
I value the lifestyle and virtues of a true martial artist: Respect, Discipline, Honor, Honesty, Loyalty, Integrity, Courage and Compassion. I grew up watching Bruce Lee and all sorts of martial arts movies with my father, who was my motivation when I first began studying Uechi-Ryu Karate at age 6. My experience with this Okinawan art boosted my confidence and allowed me to successfully deal with the bullies I encountered in my youth. I later became interested in Tang-Soo-Do, a Korean style of karate, and earned my apprentice black belt and a position as an instructor. I greatly valued my time as a young instructor, and that experience is when I first began to appreciate the art of teaching.
In 2007 I found Plus One Defense Systems and was able to continue my martial arts career. I have dedicated myself to mastering the styles offered here and to continually improving my skills as an instructor. Remembering the virtues of the martial arts, I am always a student, and I am excited to help others meet their goals!