World Martial Arts Academy USA
President and Founder
International Filipino Martial Arts Association
Judan (10th Degree Blackbelt)
Grandmaster Ribay (pronounced Ree-bay) is a highly experienced martial artist with over 50 years of training across multiple styles including Shotokan Karate, Arnis/Eskrima/Kali, and Aikido. He is one of a few native Filipino Grandmasters of his generation actively teaching in the Midwest. He began his study of the martial arts at age 12 in the Bikol Region of the Philippines. One of the pioneers of spreading Filipino Martial Arts around the world, Grandmaster Ribay was dispatched by the Philippine Sports Commission to Japan, Korea, and the United States for demonstrations and cultural exchanges . With expertise in a wide range of systems, Grandmaster Ribay has trained with many influential martial artists from around the world, including Grandmaster Remy A. Presas, the founder of Modern Arnis. In the 1970s, Grandmaster Ribay competed successfully on four continents in national and international tournaments, including the International Karate Championships in Long Beach, CA. As a non-commissioned officer in the National Intelligence and Security Authority, he was a tactical combat instructor for the Philippine Airforce and the Philippine National Police Academy. In the 1980s, Grandmaster Ribay was employed by the United States Sports Academy. He was stationed in Saudi Arabia, where he taught martial arts to the Royal Saudi Airforce, and also served as a strength and conditioning coach. Upon completion of his duties in Saudi Arabia, Grandmaster Ribay moved to the Fox Valley Area. He was named Instructor of the Year in 2013. You can see vintage photos of Grandmaster Ribay on our Facebook Page! Click the link below.
5 days ago
Great Martial Arts gathering at Lions Martial Arts Academy, organized by World Champion Eskrimadora Edie Mesina of Kampilan Eskrima. Excellent introduction to Capoiera by Professor Tinta Forte of RISE Training. Felt good to hit and be hit again!! ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
Happy Birthday USA! Everyone have a safe and fun Independence Day. Reminder that the dojo is closed Monday July 5th. ... See MoreSee Less
Awesome group that tested today. Great enthusiasm in performing the requirements, and steadfast determination in breaking the super muscular boards. Congratulations on your promotion! ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to all!
Great job everyone!