Hi, my name is, Shawn Zirger.
One of the greatest complements of my career in martial arts was from my current Sword instructor. He said. "I like to think of you as, 'Mastro de Campo'. or master at arms. The duty of the master at arms is to use their great depth of understanding of all of the weapons and materials within the garrisons walls, and then know how to train the soldiers stationed there to use it.
I remain encouraged by this generous recognition as I have spent the past 40 years studying and learning to apply martial principals and techniques. I have studied systems originating from many of the ancient cultures of the world. I have sought out martial context, knowledge and skill from ancient cultures located in places such as Europe, Brunei, and Indonesia as well as the Philippines and the Americas.
The journey will continue for as long as my heart beats.
While I am always searching for new ways to expand my understanding of Martial Arts, I have been sharing this knowledge with my student base (I like to call them my R&D team), since 1999.
In some classes I teach the JKD approach, showing how all of these forms can blend and work together. In other cases we study an art in it's complete and original form. In either case the purpose is greater understanding and development of skill. If you would like to know more about my martial arts journey you will want to look at the article regarding my influences. If you want to take the journey yourself, sign up for classes now.