ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Phoenix Martial Arts of Connecticut is the premiere Martial Arts school in South Eastern CT teaching Chinese, Filipino and Indonesian Martial Arts.
Phoenix Martial Arts of CT is affiliated with the Magda Institute in California, Phoenix Martial Arts in New York and New England Wing Chun in Connecticut.
MEET OUR HEAD INSTRUCTOR
Sifu Nathan " Mabilis" Marinone
Owner and Chief Instructor
Sifu Nathan "Mabilis" Marinone has been in the Martial Arts for close to 30 years and has been featured in several forms of media from newspapers and books to podcasts and social media. He has had the opportunity to teach a wide range of people from the average man/women to the business professional to those in the armed services as well as to those who have disabilities.
He is one of very few individuals in the United States to be selected to teach under the Magda Institute program, headed by world renowned Martial Arts Instructor, Sifu Cass Magda. Sifu Nate holds Instructor credentials in Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Kali-Escrima and Indonesian Pentjak Silat directly under Sifu Cass Magda and his M.I. East Coast Director, Sifu Greg Pichardo of Phoenix Martial Arts. Sifu Nate is the official Connecticut representative for both the Magda Institute and Phoenix Martial Arts.
In addition, he is the only individual in the state of Connecticut to hold a "Lakan Isa' (Black Belt) in Grandmaster Angel Cabales art of Serrada Escrima under Hanshi Bruce Juchnik (Cabales original student) and Guro Anthony Di Sarro.
Sifu Nate also holds a Black Sash in the Southern Chinese Martial Art of Wing Chun Kung Fu under Grand Master Leung Ting 1st generation student, Sifu Ed Chow (Chow Chong Ying) of New England Wing Chun and is his representative in the
South Eastern CT area.
Sifu Nate has also received extensive training in/under;
Catch Wrestling under Coach Mike Miggs
Modern Arnis under Master Frank Shekosky & Sa Ba Nim Myron Levy
Balintawak Escrima under Guro Jonathan "Dong" Leonard
Inosanto Kali under Guro George Chaber
Villabraille/Largusa Kali & Buka Jalan Silat under Sifu Dustin Santomenna
Jeet Kune Do & Kali under Sifu Eric Wnek
A synthesis of the Jun Fan Martial Arts, Chinese Martial Arts, Filipino Martial Arts, and the
Indonesian Martial Arts forms the curriculum taught at Phoenix Martial Arts of CT.
Training methods from other Martial Arts are also incorporated and utilized in the training process.
Jun Fan Martial Arts (Jeet Kune Do): The Jun Fan Martial Arts is a compilation of training methods, attitudes, philosophies, combat techniques and concepts conceived, researched and compiled by the late Bruce Lee (Lee Jun Fan) until 1973. It was from this that Jeet Kune Do eventually evolved. The JKD taught at Phoenix Martial Arts, comes from Sifu Cass Magda's extensive training hours with Guro Dan Inosanto, Sifu Ted Wong, Sifu Tim Tackett, Larry Hartsell, Richard Bustillo, and Ted Lucay Lucay to name a few. In addition, students will also cross train in Thai Kickboxing. Students will learn how to fight in the clinch, use and defend against knees / elbows, and learn how to maximize their kicking power.
Wing Chun Kung Fu: Wing Chun is a logical, effective and practical system which emphasizes and utilizes the efficiency of body mechanics. it is often classified as a “soft style” as it requires minimal effort and physical force to defeat bigger and stronger opponents. Wing Chun utilizes both striking and "sticking" (or controlling), while specializing in close-range combat. Wing Chun is known as a minor style compared to some of the other styles in Chinese Martial arts as it is comprised of 3 boxing forms, a wooden dummy form and 2 weapon forms .
FMA: Kali-Escrima-Arnis: Encompassing an entire spectrum of weaponry covered over 12 different categories and also featuring a sophisticated empty hand system, this highly efficient, deadly and combat-proven art has enabled the southern Philippines to remain unconquered for almost 400 years. The Kali taught at PMA of CT is a blended system w Inosanto Kali, Giron Escrima and Villabraille/Largusa Kali as the nucleus. Otherwise known as the Magda Institute (MI) Kali system.
Serrada Escrima: This Filipino art was introduced in Stockton California in 1966 by Grand Master Angel Cabales. An "Espady y Daga" (sword and knife) based system, the art emphasis is placed on footwork, speed, reaction, superior position, precision and critical thinking to beat the opponent. The Serrada taught of PMA is from Hanshi Bruce Juchnick, who spent from 1973 to 1978 training with both Grand Master Angel Cabales and
Grand Master Dentoy Revillar.
Buka Jalan Pentjak Silat: Known as Pentjak Silat in Indonesia and BERSILAT in Malaysia, the difference between these two arts are subtle. There are over 250 styles commonly practiced in and throughout Indonesia and Malaysia. Both arts involve various complex and intricate empty hand and foot maneuvers, clever and unique multiple joint locking, sweeping and throwing manipulations. These arts form an important portion of the intermediate and advanced levels taught at the our school.
"Sifu Nate is a true seeker of knowledge, a superb representative of Serrada Esrima and an phenomenal martial artist. Anyone looking for a quality Martial Artist with incredible skills and great humility should seek him out!".
- Renshi Anthony DiSarro
Senior Instructor in Kosho Kenpo and Serrada Escrima under Hanshi Bruce Juchnik.
“if any of you live in or around Connecticut be sure to pay a visit to Sifu Nate, his martial arts ability and knowledge is second to none!"
– Mike Dwyer
Self Defense Consultant at GKR Karate
“Sifu Nate is a truly amazing teacher. He is welcoming, supportive and has an incredible wealth of knowledge. His teaching style really challenges you to push hard and challenge yourself.
– Beth Anne Moonstone
Strength Coach / Owner Be Awesome Be Strong Fitness
"Nate is with out a doubt one of the best martial artists around. He is a true hidden gem with world class talent"
- Guro George Chaber
JKD / Kali / Silat Instructor under Sifu Dan Inosanto and owner of Bethel Academy of Martial Arts
“Sifu Nate is a hard working and uber talented martial artist!”
– Sifu Raffi Derdarian
JKD / Kali Instructor and owner of
Derdarian Academy of Martial Arts
“Sifu Nate is a phenomenal martial artists with a wealth of knowledge!"
– Guro Carlos Castro
JKD / Kali / Silat Instructor under
Sifu Dan Inosanto.
" Everyone had a great time at the seminar. Much respect to your knowledge!"
– Professor Travis Passaro
BJJ Black Belt and Owner of
Radius Martial Arts
"If anyone lives out in Connecticut you should seek out Sifu Nate out. Getting to train and know someone like him is definitely
- Chuck Leverone
5th degree Nick Cerio Kenpo Karate and Owner of Evolving Martial Arts
“Sifu Nate is an excellent Teacher and a lot of fun to train with!"
– Tony Dellechiaie
3rd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and
Head Instructor at Britt's Tae Kwon Do
"We are all very lucky to have you as part of our Phoenix / MIA families. Your spirit and dedication is inspiring to everyone."
- Sifu Greg Pichardo
Phoenix Martial Arts Head Instructor
“A wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm!”
– Master Frank Shekosky
Remy Preseas Senior Student and Owner of Cromwell Martial Arts.
“Thanks again Sifu, it was an outstanding experience and you definitely know your material. Your skills are exceptional!”
– Master Patrick Cassidy
4th degree black belt in the Jo-Ryu-Jujitsu system and owner of Westover School of Self Defense
“Sifu Nate is a fine instructor with attention to detail, articulation and body mechanics”
– Tuhon Jack Latorre
Pekiti Tersia Kali Tuhon /
Head Instructor at PTI Academy
“Sifu Nate is an amazing Martial Artists and Teacher!"
– David North-Martino
Free lance writer / author and Black Belt
"GO! Great people and great work out....the execution discipline is right on the money."
- Mark Vincent McKenney
“I am so very proud of the work your doing and cant wait to be instructed by one of the premier guro’s in the Filipino arts have to offer.
– Sa Ba Nim Myron Levy
3rd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and owner of Elite Tae Kwon Do
“Sifu Nate is a very talented Instructor with a tremendous amount of knowledge."
– Sa Ba Nim Ron Ortla
4th degree Hapkido Black Belt and owner of The Martial Instinct
“Great opportunity to learn from an amazing instructor!”
– Sifu Dustin Santomenna
Phoenix Martial Arts of Massachusetts Head Instructor /
BJJ Black Belt
Waterford, Connecticut 06385