DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRAINING CURRICULUM
From the very begining of his teaching career in 1968, Don Bitanga's, knowledge, experience and practice of Western Boxing and several styles and systems of Asian Martial Arts, led him to the belief that the combining of several Martial disciplines would provide a superior curriculum.
Time and Time again this hypothesis was verified through open tournament sparring competition. Against other practitioners who studied just one Martial Art, this combined training was proven and excelled. Full contact sparring in the kick boxing ring further demonstrated the effectiveness of the Martial Arts Center training regimen.
Certainly the study of a single Martial Art for life to the exclusion of all other styles and systems is a noble endeavor. It was not until the early 1980's, that "Mixed Martial Arts", was appreciated and accepted. With the emergence of full contact kick boxing two opponents within a boxing ring demonstrated techniques from Western Boxing and various Asian Martial Arts. Effectiveness is more objective than origin, style and system.
THE AMERICAN ASIAN COMBAT SYSTEM
In order to better define the methods of training which he originated and developed; He founded the American Asian Combat system. He and many of his Black Belt students continue to teach and promote this highly effective combination of several Asian Martial Arts techniques and Western boxing in many areas of the United States and over seas.
LEARNING WITHOUT BOUNDERIES
It was in 1971, at the Center for Basic Human Problems, in Washington D.C., that Don Bitanga's, classes in the physical aspects of Shorin Ryu Karate, were accepted by the Physical education department of Antioch College. At this time he also established an academic class "The History and Philosophy of the Martial Art of Karate". For the first time in America, a center for higher education granted college credits for the practice and study associated with the Asian Martial Art of Karate. The College Out Reach Program which was successful in bringing attention to Antioch's various degree programs in Washington D.C. was fostered with free Karate classes.
Prior to this the Maryland National Park and Planning Commision's Department of Recreation, was instrumental in establishing Martial Arts Classes for Women and Children which he instructed. He successfully represented this organization as a self-defense specialist for many years.
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