Sigung (or "Sifu" or "Coach")
Tony Morel has been an active participant in Martial Arts for over twenty-eight years. Starting in Brazil at the age of thirteen, he studied Shotokan Karate and Goju-Ryu Karate under the direction of a traditional Japanese Master. Mr. Morel achieved the rank of a brown belt before moving to the United States. After exploring several different martial arts styles and schools Mr. Morel settled upon the Kajukenbo Self Defense System to continue his study. He has become an accomplished martial artist and recently attained the rank of Certified Seventh Degree Black Belt Instructor. Mr. Morel has competed throughout Texas and twice has been the State Champion.
In 1997 Mr. Morel started his own Kajukenbo School. He has male and female students, which range in age from five to over sixty. Mr. Morel is quite adept in understanding both the abilities and limitations of his students. Although most of the teaching is in a group setting, Mr. Morel tailors his teaching to the individual’s needs and abilities. Women and girls have found Mr. Morel’s classes to be a safe and affirming environment. This dedication to excellence in instruction has created an atmosphere where all students succeed. Coupling the tailored instruction with the tremendous variety of the Kajukenbo style Mr. Morel’s students can truly practice the martial arts. This fact is greatly evident in that Mr. Morel’s students have always placed in the top categories of competitions.
Mr. Morel has put on and sponsored seminars for both the Martial Arts community and the public. These seminars have featured world-renowned artists in Kajukenbo as well as other styles. Instruction has included effectual self-defense for smaller individuals (woman and smaller men), advanced martial arts techniques, and gun and knife self defense.
Mr. Morel is actively sought as a judge at all Martial Arts competitions in Texas. He has been a bodyguard for Meg Ryan, Willie Nelson, and Denzel Washington and in charge of backstage security for many entertainers such as Willie Nelson, Los Lobos, Eric Clapton, The Nevel Brothers, and Yes at entertainment sites such as The Back Yard. He also holds a certificate of Professional Recognition from the IDEA Health and Fitness Source.
Master Morel was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame 2010 for his dedication to Martial Arts with honor, loyalty, and integrity and for having met all of the requirements for admission. In addition to being inducted into this prestigious organization, Master Morel was also named Master Instructor of the Year.
Mr. Morel continues his pursuit of the Martial Arts by actively studying under world champion Grand Master Dann Baker, Grand Master Jay Vera, Grand Master Mike Fillmore (Jeon Sa Mu Sul) and Professor Ronny Lis in Brazilian Jiujitsu. Sensei Robin Tidwel (Judo) and Guro Bill Aranda ( Kali).
Master Instructor Tony Morel
5th Degree Black Belt in Jeon Sa Mu Sul under Grand Master Mike Fillmore