"Throughout my life, I have trained in several different martial arts systems and styles, and it is in my humble opinion that each discipline, although some remain more well rounded than others, truly specializes in and masters one area of martial training. It has been my life's goal to seek out these arts which hold mastery over the four facets (weapons, striking, trapping, grappling) of genuine combat (not sport fighting), learn them separately and in their entirety, and when a true understanding of their philosophy and ability to functionalize these arts was achieved, embrace their blend. I do not teach a "new" system or style of martial arts. I teach the disciplines I was taught with my understanding of how to bind and separate them. You can call what I teach Gung-fu, Muay Boran, Judo, Jeet Kune Do, Kali, etc. It is those arts in their pure traditional form and it is also their hybrid, taking the form of whichever one is needed in regards to when it is called. My curriculum is a result of my Sifus. Sensei, Kru, and Guru. It is in their knowledge and willingness to instruct and support me that has allowed me to create my programs. Immortal Warrior Spirit is simply a blend of all that I know: WHAT I was trained in, HOW I was trained in it, and WHO I've become." - Doug Matina
has been training in martial arts for over 30 years. He is a fully certified Jeet Kune Do Concepts/Jun Fun Gung-fu and Kali instructor under Guru/Sifu Tom Barell and is the private student of 7 Star Praying Mantis master, Sifu Raul Ortiz, focusing on San Da and Tactical Praying Mantis (pure combat version of the traditional system). Doug is a black belt in Judo under the legendary Bob Miller and under American Top Team of NY as the founder of ATTNY’s Mixed Martial Arts Judo program, teaching a hybrid version of
Koshen and Kodokan Judo mixed with Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling. He has studied several styles of Chinese Boxing (Shaolin, Hakka, and Taoist) for over 20 years, learning the old fashioned way - in garages, basements, and backyards. Doug has appeared in Inside Kung-fu Magazine, Boxoffice Magazine, is a certified Refuse To Be A Victim® National Rifle Association of America instructor, and regularly instructs military personnel, police, and air marshals in knife fighting/knife defense and pistol drawing/disarming. He continues to teach private and group instruction in empty hand combat, traditional martial arts, mixed martial arts sport fighting, submission grappling, women’s defense, and both modern and improvised weapon(s) and weapon(s) defense. Doug has been a Muay Thai and no-gi Judo instructor for Miletich Fighting Systems: New York and a Judo, Catch Wrestling, Thai boxing and San Da coach as well as street combatives instructor for American Top Team of New York and Krav Defense of Bethpage. In 2005, he was asked by the Port Washington Youth Council to implement his reality and traditional martial arts programs at the Landmark Community Center as a means of providing high school students and community members with fitness, self-defense and awareness concepts. In addition to being a lifelong martial artist, Doug is a history teacher and has instructed faculty members in self-defense and violence prevention for professional staff development. As of 2013, Doug began training with professional wrestlers and performing as the "Human Weapon" as part of his high school's charity based wrestling organization, T.W.F. (Teacher Wrestling Federation).