Progressive Fighting Systems
Colorado & Kansas - USA
Snake Blocker is a U.S. Navy Veteran and Tribal Member - Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas (Tribal ID #1229), Heron Warrior Clan under the Sun Otter Band of the Lipan Apaches. The Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas is a member of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas (http://www.lipanapache.org). Snake Blocker is a lifelong martial artist; Military Close Quarters Combat (MCQC) Instructor; subject matter expert and historian on Apache Knife Fighting & Battle Tactics; and former professional Muay Thai fighter. He holds instructor certifications in Jeet Kune Do (JKD), Savate, Muay Thai, Gung Fu, Shoot-Fighting, Filipino Stick & Knife & Balisong Knife Fighting, as well as, other affiliate arts. Snake Blocker is ranked as a JKD and Jun Fan Gung Fu Instructor under 1st & 2nd Generation students of Bruce Lee to include Gary Dill (Full Licensed Instructor), Tim Tackett (Apprentice Instructor), Rick Mullinax (Level 5 Full Instructor), Andrew Kimura (Affiliate 1 Instructor), and Paul Vunak (Full Instructor). He is the International Director of the United States Muay Thai Association (USMTA) Native American League and received recognition by Army base commander for teaching over 150 hours of Military Close Quarters Combat (MCQC) in Kuwait. Snake Blocker has received other Military Appreciation awards for teaching MCQC in Iraq, Afghanistan and USA. Snake Blocker joined the Navy in June 2001 and retired (20 years), having completed 3 years of tours in War Zone countries.. Snake Blocker has trained multiple members from several SF groups (US, Canada, Mongolia, and Afghanistan).
"I have had the honor and pleasure of knowing Snake Blocker for several years and working with him through my affiliation with Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino martial arts of Kali/Escrima. Not only is Snake Blocker an excellent martial artist who is highly knowledgeable and adept in various martial art disciplines which include both empty hand and weaponry skills, but perhaps even more important, he is a great human being and person of high character. Snake Blocker exemplifies the term “martial artist,” constantly seeking to expand his knowledge and sharing it with others. I consider Snake Blocker a good friend and martial art brother and am glad to walk the martial art path with him.” - Christ Kent, 1st Generation Bruce Lee student under Dan Inosanto, author of several Jeet Kune Do books including Liberate Yourself - How to Think Like Bruce Lee. - Idaho-USA
"The MCQC is great because we are learning a great deal about martial arts in general and more specifically from Jeet Kune Do. The knife classes come from several sources including the Apache Knife Fighting Course and Balisong Knife Fighting. The kickboxing is a very tough workout. It's GREAT for cardio. But to describe MCQC as coming from a particular martial art would be incorrect. The discipline incorporates components from a multitude of martial arts and focuses not on a particular one, but rather on the principals of Guerilla Style Multi-Attacker Hand-to-Hand Fighting." - SGT Zachary Bradley, Combat Medic, 98th Cavalry PSD, Iraq
"I want to thank you [Petty Officer Snake Blocker] for your professional and valuable MCQC [Military Close Quarters Combat] and Muay Thai instruction while on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. You not only taught me the importance of fundamentals of various martial arts, you taught me follower-ship, leadership, the discipline to keep improving my skills, and to keep my head in the fight to survive. My job is to not let the bad guys win! Thanks again for everything Petty Officer Snake Blocker.
Aloha," - Cyrus Kam, FBI, Guam
"Snake is a detail oriented professional. His passion, high energy, and drive to succeed in all things make him a winning choice. Snake is a quick learner. He is keen on situational analysis, adaptability, team building, and a champion of planning and execution."
- David Freedline, US Navy Lieutenant Commander, Arizona-USA
"Snake, it’s great to finally train with you. I've heard about you for years.... From one 'Snake' to another, you're a professional."
- Dennis 'Snake' Chalker, Navy SEAL legend, California-USA
(Dennis Chalker is a retired Master Chief-Navy SEAL Team 6; he is an inventor and author who has written six books about the United States Navy SEALs)
"Snake Blocker is a Survivalist, Navy Military Close Quarters Combat Instructor and Martial Artist, whom I had a chance to work with for the pilot show of Dude You're Screwed. He continues to teach around the world, bringing awareness training to concerned citizens, law enforcement and military groups. I recommend his classes."
- Jake Zweig, Navy SEAL Commando, Illinois-USA
(Jake Zweig is a former Navy Lieutenant for SEAL Team 8 (Little Creek-Virginia). He is also a Survivalist, and College Football Coach and Director of Player Development at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
"Snake Blocker is the epitome of the true martial artist. Not satisfied with his high skill level, Snake constantly seeks a better path, and in doing so, provides an amazing example for his students and other martial artists. If you have a chance, train with Snake Blocker"
- Burton Richardson, President Jeet Kune Do Unlimited, JKD Instructor under Dan Inosanto - Hawaii-USA
"I want to thank you [Snake Blocker] for hosting the Emerson Edge Weapons seminar on January 26 & 27, 2002. Your staff was hospitable and highly informed, and your school [Blocker Academy of Martial Arts] is clean and neat for a healthy workout, an unbeatable combination for a successful martial art school. In the Spirit of Bruce Lee, Keep Trucking, Keep Training, and Keep Smiling. Aloha."
- Richard S. Bustillo (RIP), 1st Generation Bruce Lee student, under Dan Inosanto, California-USA
"Snake Blocker...World Class Muay Thai Fighter."
- Dan Inosanto, 1st Generation Bruce Lee student, California-USA
"If you want to learn how to survive combat in the real world, you can't go wrong by training with Snake Blocker. Snake is a great guy, as well as, a great teacher. It's refreshing to see knife tactics other than Filipino Martial Arts....Snake Blocker, my Apache knife fighting teacher and friend...and the host of the last seminar I gave before retiring. Snake is the real deal and I was glad I was able to meet him and his lovely family. He is one of the good guys."
- Tim Tackett, 1st Generation Bruce Lee student under Dan Inosanto, California-USA
“I have been a fan of Snake Blocker and his work for many years because he strives to portray the realities of Native American combat systems in a world that has depicted us as being only at two ends of the spectrum - either the Noble Redman or the Bloodthirsty Savage. Also, Snake embodies the long heritage of Apache/Native American warriors through both his contributions to keeping indigenous martial arts alive and flourishing, as well as, his military service to the USA. As a ring fighter, enlisted person ready to defend his country and an instructor to civilians and military, Snake Blocker both "talks the talk" and "walks the walk".
- Perry William Kelly (Author of the book, Dan Inosanto: The Man, the Teacher, the Artist)
"As a strong advocate of realistic martial arts training, I feel that the combat training program offered by Master Snake Blocker falls within the realm of "must know" training. Master Blocker, his staff, and I share the same philosophy of dealing only with combat training. If you want to learn a real fighting system, go to Snake Blocker's school."
- Gary Dill, 1st Generation Bruce Lee student under James Lee, Oklahoma-USA
"Snake...Good BJJ & Muay Thai training with you, my friend. You have a great academy."
- Jason Krikorian, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Brown Belt under Rickson Gracie,
"I miss America a lot, and there is definitely someone I will meet when I'll get there, and that is Snake Blocker... to have the honor to share his unique understanding in the Art is something I am really looking forward to."
- Dan Duby, Savate Instructor, Reunion Island
"Glad to have you in our group." - Taky Kimura, 1st Generation Bruce Lee student, Washington-USA
"Snake Blocker has studied with us [Scientific Fighting Congress] for many years. He never stops learning and training to improve his already Champion level skills. He is a great guy, an outstanding athlete, and a skilled teacher. Snake is an old friend. He has hosted me many times at his school in Los Angeles since mid 1990s. He recently did two tours in Kuwait/Iraq/Afghanistan and is now back. He is a Thai champ from the 1990s. I have learned some interesting Thai moves I have never seen before from him. There is no one on the planet quite like the Snake. He's a Full-bloodied Apache and lifelong martial artist.”
- W. Hock Hochheim, President Scientific Fighting Congress/Force Necessary; Black Belts under Remy Presas and Ernesto Presas, Texas-USA
"Snake Blocker is a great personality who fills a void in the martial arts genre. He teaches Apache battle tactics that were honed and tested in the battlefields of the Old West. He is a real warrior. Snake offers a fighting art that is as unique as he is. His approach to knife fighting isn’t one based on someone’s fantasy, which is too often the case, but a system developed by the great warriors before him. Snake teaches fighting arts that were not made up in today’s modern training facilities. Instead, it’s a result of life and death fights on the battlefields. If it didn’t work, it was tossed out. If it did, it remained."
- Loren W. Christensen, Author, Martial Artist, Oregon-USA