ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Phoenix Martial Arts of Connecticut is the premiere Martial Arts school in South Eastern CT teaching Chinese, Filipino, Indonesian and the Jun Fan 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 Marinone
Owner and Chief Instructor
Sifu Nathan "Mabilis" Marinone has been in the Martial Arts for close to 30 years and has trained in a wide range of Martial Art systems ranging from the South Eastern Martial Arts, to the Chinese Martial Arts to the European Martial arts.
He 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 along with 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 is the official Connecticut representative for both
the Magda Institute and Phoenix Martial Arts.
Sifu Nate holds Instructor credentials in Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Kali-Escrima and Indonesian Pentjak Silat under both Sifu Cass Magda and his M.I. East Coast Director, Sifu Greg Pichardo of Phoenix Martial Arts.
He is the only individual in the state of Connecticut to hold a "Lakan Isa" (black belt) in the art of Serrada Escrima under Grand Master Angel Cabales original student, Hanshi Bruce Juchnik and Guro Anthony Di Sarro of Capital District Martial Arts Center.
Holds the rank of "Lakan Isa" (black belt) in Modern Arnis Jujitsu under Professor Remy Presas senior student, Master Frank Shekosky of Cromwell Martial Arts.
Is a Black Sash and an Assistant Instructor 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.
Former JKD/Kali Instructor under Sifu Paul Vunak of Progressive Fighting Systems and under Sifu Eric Wnek of Elite Jeet Kune Do.
Senior student under Guro Dan Inosanto student, Guro George Chaber of Bethel Academy of Martial Arts.
Currently holds the level of J-1 in Catch Wrestling under Coach Mike Miggs of Snake Pit New England.
Balintawak Escrima student under Guro Jonathon "Dong" Leonard (WOTBAG) of Swift Waters Kung Fu Academy.
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.
Jun Fan Martial Arts: 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.
Chinese Martial Arts: Wing Chun is founded on the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend themselves against a bigger, stronger, heavier opponent. This is accomplished by using concepts of efficiency, physics, geometry and anatomy to use an opponent’s force against them.
Filipino Martial Arts: Sometimes called Kali, Escrima or Arnis, the art encompasses an entire spectrum of weaponry covered over 12 different categories and also features 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.
Indonesian Martial Arts: Pentjak Silat is a complete system of silat training, incorporating the striking and take down aspects of the Javanese islands, while also utilizing unique and exotic grappling methods of the Sumatran islands
"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
Enrollment is currently by invitee only, with interviews available only through referral.
Feel free to contact us for more information.