House of Kenpo hosts Mike Martelle

Submission Arts Wrestling seminar sharpens students' skills

BONNIE ROBERT POSES with Mike Martelle at House of Kenpo in Comox.

BONNIE ROBERT POSES with Mike Martelle at House of Kenpo in Comox.

The House of Kenpo hosted another Submission Arts Wrestling seminar on June 16-17, run by Mike Martelle, who currently holds seven different world champion heavyweight titles. Over the past 2 decades Martelle has an impressive record of 144 wins, 39 losses, nine draws and one no-contest.

On the first day Martelle warmed up the grappling team by taking everyone through several cardio drills to start each of the three-hour training sessions. He then began with reviewing some previous material from past seminars and then moved on to takedowns and open guard position.

Once the grapplers were comfortable in the technique he began to expand on the submissions. He then introduced the grapplers to some new controlling movements. After each new technique Martelle had the team switch to a new partner so that the experienced wrestler could assist the newer grappler.

On the second day after the warm-up Martelle spent a little more time with endurance drills. He followed this up with teaching a variety of techniques that became increasingly more complex. Both experienced and newer grapplers enjoyed the challenge of learning this newer and more challenging material. The weekend seminar ended up with some entertaining five-minute matches between various participants.

Sensei Don Roe is proud to announce the following promotions: Eric Pickford and Gabriel Roe were promoted to the rank of Ikkyu Deshi; Charles Allen, Mike Kelly and Bonnie Robert were promoted to Gokkyu Deshi; and sensei Roe was promoted to Shodan-Ho. All grapplers received their certificates personally from Martelle and had their photo taken with him

Sensei Roe was also awarded the title of Shibucho in Submission Arts Wrestling and the All Japan Joint Technique Federation. This title declares Roe to be the Director for British Columbia, he noted.

For information regarding personal instruction in Kenpo karate or Submission Arts Wrestling and kickboxing classes contact Roe at 250-339-5992 or visit

For more information on Martelle visit

– House of Kenpo


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