Shihan Louelle Lledo
FILIPINO MARTIAL ARTS EDUCATION
Zikdokan Amara Arkanis
Punong Mataw Guro(Head Master Teacher) Luis Rafael “Louelle” Lledo was born in Zamboanga City in the Island of Mindanao, in the Southern Philippines; He holds the rank of IKA-WALONG ANTAS Sagisag na Itim (8th Degree Master Teacher) and the title Punong Mataw Guro (Head Master Teacher in the Filipino Fighting Arts and in Japanese Karate.
He finished high school at Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Zamboanga City, Philippines, and has a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, Laboratory Medicine Graduate. Has a Master’s Degree in Sports Science Physical Education.
As a Captain in the Philippine Air Force, Reserve Command was former Defensive Tactics, Combative Arts Head Instructor of the HQ Integrated National Police Training Command, National Capital, Regional Training Center at Fort Bonifacio, Metro Manila. He later transferred to the National Bureau of Investigation Training Academy (Philippine Counterpart of the FBI). He also trained the officers and personnel of the 1st Air Division and the 304th Security Squadron of the Philippine Air Force.
When he was assigned as OIC of the Intelligence and Investigation section of the Office of the Mayor, City of Manila He trained the Civil Intelligence and Security Unit of the City in the combative Arts.
When he migrated to the United States, he had a chance to show his art of combat at the NCO Department of the Army Academy, Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Position held as Martial Arts Education Teacher:
- Monitoring Officer of the Philippine Sports Commission (the governing body of Sports in the Philippines) for Karate-do, Judo, Taekwondo, Arnis de Mano and Archery, National Teams for the 16th Southeast Asian Games.
- Director and Head Teacher, Filipino Martial Arts Educational Development programs, College of Sports Physical Education and Recreation. Cavite State University, Indang, Cavite Philippines
- CvSU Head Coach University Combative Sports Varsity Teams.
- CvSU Member Accreditation Team for State Colleges and Universities
- Philippine Sports Commissioner for Combative Sports, State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association, Southern Tagalog Region IV
- Director, National Association of Schools, Karate-do Organization of the Philippines
- Founder / Director of Swordstick Society International
- International Coach, Referee and Judge for Filipino, Okinawan, Japanese and Chinese Martial Arts
- Founder and Director of Zikdokan Amara Arkanis Filipino Martial & Healing Arts Education
- Member, Council of Kali Escrima Arnis Masters
Today “MatawGuro Lou” enjoys his retirement in South Jersey and brings his experience and expertise to teaching his 12 Aspects of Amara Arkanis: School of Filipino Martial Arts Education, ARMED and UNARMED.
MatawGuro Lou’s Philosophy:
“It’s not the style, but the person”
Other Awards and Citations achieved by Mataw Guro Lou Lledo:
- Technical Consultant of the National Association of Schools Karate-Do Organization of the Philippines
- Consultant, Advanced Resource for Martial Arts Educational Development (ARMED)
- Director, Advanced Resource for Martial Arts Studies (ARMAS)
- Shihan – Philippine Karate-do
- Senior Renshi – International Goju Karate Do
- Undefeated National Champion under Philippine Karate Association Tournaments
- Ambassador of Plenipotentiary of the Department of Tourism’s office of the Philippine Indigenous Fighting Arts
- Author of Martial Sport Arnis official handbook for Physical Education Students of CvSU SPEAR
For More Information Visit: www.Amara-Arkanis.com
Shifu/Shihan Christopher M. Viggiano is a Chiropractic Physician since 1989, who has a family oriented practice in Hackettstown, N.J. After receiving his doctorate, he continued to further his studies to include Chiropractic Orthopedics while incorporating his experiences in traditional Oriental Martial & Healing Arts in the diagnosis and treatment of his patients. Presently, his research is in the area of Martial, Medical, & Spiritual Qigong for Life Enhancement.
Dr. Viggiano’s martial arts training began at an early age with his exposure to Boxing, Tae Kwon Do & Hapkido under the direction of Mr. Joe Riccio-Sandan in 1975. From 1977 to 1980, he continued his Korean studies with Mr. Pete Van Rossum -Sandan. In 1979, Dr. Viggiano began studying under Grandmaster Robert L. Murphy, who is the Founder & Grandmaster of the system, Isshin Shorinji Ryu Okinawa-Te. Soke Murphy devised this Family system from tremendous research and experiences resulting in developing a practical convergence of Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Okinawan & Contemporary Martial Studies for the unification of the Mind, Body & Spirit. This system relies significantly upon Japanese and Chinese Swordsmanship while including modern sciences to develop the Warrior Spirit within.
It was in 1980 that Master Murphy, a friend & student of Master Jou, Tsung Hwa, introduced Christopher to Master Jou, which enhanced Christopher’s interest and study of Taijiquan and the Internal Chinese Arts. In 1980, Christopher achieved his first black belt in the Korean arts and through honor, sincerity and dedication was accepted as a personal apprentice of Soke Murphy and in 1987 received a Master’s Certificate and License to teach the Isshin Shorinji Ryu Okinawa-Te System. It was from 1985-88, Dr. Viggiano propagated the teachings of Soke to fellow chiropractors in Iowa and a documentary training tape was produced. In 1989, Soke Murphy and Dr. Viggiano together brought to the public a new approach to training by establishing an off shoot of the Family System, named American Bushido, which flourished in the 1990‘s.
In 1994, a life-threatening illness left Christopher partially disabled and blind. During this period, he received Qigong healing sessions and inspirations from Master Jou, Tsung Hwa, who helped guide him to self-recovery through the principles and practices of Taijiquan and Qigong. As a professional musician, in 1997, Christopher produced a meditative musical CD composition dedicated to Master Jou and infamous teacher & friend Master T.T. Liang (1900-2002) entitled … Peaceful Spirit.
Because of his closeness with Master Jou, Tsung Hwa throughout the years, Christopher was honored by the Jou Family to carry their beloved one to his final resting place after a tragic car accident in 1998.
Dr. Viggiano, his family, and students have been an integral part of the Annual Zhang San-Feng Festival at the original Tai Chi Farm, founded by the late Master Jou, Tsung Hwa (1917-1998), since the early 1990’s. Christopher is continually honored to be an international head referee and judge for numerous Martial Arts tournaments also since the early 1990’s.
To better represent his current training methods and spiritual direction, in 2000, the Shen Wu Dao Martial & Healing Arts was founded with the blessings of his most influential teacher, Grandmaster Robert L. Murphy. In honor of Grandmaster Jou, the Shen Wu Dao School’s projects include the continual development of the “Master Jou, Tsung Hwa Tai Chi Memorial Park”, a new martial arts training center co-founded with Shifu Bruce La Carrubba and crafted in the Spirit of the original Tai Chi Farm by numerous contributors. It is a wonderful escape nestled in Sussex County, New Jersey where connecting back to Nature is the focus. Here, the Annual Master Jou Birthday and Tai Chi Celebration is in its seventh year.
Another new horizon had begun in 2005 as Mataw Guro Louelle Lledo-Shihan and Dr. Viggiano-Shifu/Shihan have founded Sword Stick Society International, an international organization dedicated to continuing education workshops for the historical preservation and contemporary evolution of the Martial, Healing & Spiritual Arts. The next generation has begun as second son, Luke A. Viggiano-Sensei begins his career with his own school, Shinken Bushido Ryu, an offshoot of the Kensho Japanese Swordsmanship Division of Isshin Shorinji Ryu/Shen Wu Dao Family System Arts.
Vico Viggiano, Dr. Viggiano’s first son, has been a significant blessing to his father as he provides his expertise in photography, filmography, and digital editing for documenting all the events, workshops, and instructional DVDs.
With the untimely passing of Soke Robert L. Murphy in 2007, the Murphy family had designated Dr. Viggiano and son, Vico, to be the sole Archivers of Isshin Shorinji Ryu Okinawa-Te in the assurance that the System is protected and preserved factually.
Today, in 2008, Dr. Christopher has helped to create another new horizon with his good friend and “Gong Fu brother”, Dr. John Hsi Lee, as Christopher becomes an advisor and teacher at the Dr. Lee’s Academy of Martial & Healing Arts in Riverside, NJ where a diversity of Asian Studies are taught by a team of highly skilled and motivated staff.
Dr. Viggiano has vowed to Preserve, Promote, & Perpetuate these priceless teachings in honor of all of his Masters and teachers for this generation and for the generations to come as we all are in a personal Quest for significance and inner peace.