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Knight Jiu-Jitsu Association

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Professor Eli Knight
Royce Gracie Black Belt

Synergy Martial Arts is proud to be the first official affiliate of Eli Knight and the Knight Jiu-Jitsu Association.

Professor Eli Knight is a luminary in the world of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, holding the esteemed rank of 2nd degree black belt under the legendary Royce Gracie. With over a quarter of a century dedicated to training, his passion for and devotion to the art of jiu-jitsu have distinguished him as a vanguard in the martial arts community. Professor Knight's commitment extends beyond the mat; he is a prolific contributor to the digital space with an extensive social media presence and a YouTube channel that broadcasts his expertise to a global audience.

His instructional videos and insightful content are a testament to his skill and pedagogical acumen, making the intricate world of jiu-jitsu accessible to enthusiasts and practitioners everywhere. Professor Knight's influence in the martial arts sphere is characterized by his eagerness to share his knowledge and his unwavering support for the growth and dissemination of jiu-jitsu. His digital footprint is not only a resource but also an extension of his dedication to nurturing a wider appreciation and understanding of the discipline he holds dear.



GM Bobby Taboada

Grandmaster Bobby Taboada is a renowned figure in the realm of Filipino martial arts, specifically known for his mastery and promotion of Balintawak Eskrima. Here's a brief history and overview of his contributions. Born in Cebu City, Philippines, Grandmaster Taboada was introduced to the world of martial arts at a young age. He began his journey in the Balintawak style of Eskrima, which is a close-quarter stick-fighting system native to the Philippines. Throughout his formative years, Taboada was fortunate to train under several legendary Eskrima masters, which allowed him to hone his skills and deepen his understanding of the art. The Balintawak style emphasizes swift, fluid movements, and real-time adaptability, and Grandmaster Taboada became known for his proficiency and agility in this system. Grandmaster Taboada is known for his "Balintawak Cuentada" system. "Cuentada" can be translated as "to counter," which emphasizes the system's focus on countering and reacting in real-time to an opponent's moves. His method breaks down the techniques of Balintawak Eskrima into teachable segments, making it more accessible to students of varying skill levels. Recognizing the importance of spreading and preserving Balintawak Eskrima, Grandmaster Taboada took it upon himself to become a global ambassador for the art. He has traveled extensively, conducting seminars and workshops in numerous countries. His dynamic teaching style, combined with his genuine passion for the art, has earned him respect and admiration from martial artists worldwide.

Grandmaster Bobby Taboada's dedication to Balintawak Eskrima has been instrumental in bringing this traditional Filipino martial art to a global audience. Through his efforts, countless students around the world have been introduced to the techniques, philosophy, and history of Balintawak. He has worked diligently not only to teach the art but also to ensure its preservation and continuation for future generations.



GM Jim Roma
Professor Vee Original Student and 10th Degree Black Belt

Synergy Martial Arts is proud to be affiliated with GM Jim Roma and the Akron Vee Jitsu Club as one of the founding members back around 1999. The Vee Jitsu system is a dynamic and comprehensive martial art that emerged in the vibrant streets of New York City. Developed by Professor Florendo M. Visitacion, affectionately known as "Professor Vee," this martial art blends the fluidity of Jujitsu with the striking prowess of boxing, karate, and kung-fu, with an integration of the weapon-based skills of Filipino stick fighting. Professor Vee, a Filipino immigrant, brought with him a rich martial arts heritage, deeply influenced by his experiences in the Philippines. He adapted these techniques to suit the gritty, unpredictable nature of urban self-defense scenarios.

The Vee Jitsu system is characterized by its practical approach to self-defense, emphasizing adaptability, quick reflexes, and effective use of leverage. Students learn a wide range of skills, from throws and joint locks to strikes and ground fighting, all designed to provide effective defense in real-world situations. The art also places significant emphasis on weapon defense and disarmament, reflecting the realities of street confrontations.

Throughout its history, Vee Jitsu has evolved, continuously integrating new techniques and approaches. This evolution reflects Professor Vee's philosophy that a martial art should be living and adaptable, changing as needed to meet the challenges of its environment. The legacy of Vee Jitsu continues to thrive in dojos across the world, a testament to its effectiveness and the profound impact of Professor Vee's teachings.

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