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Guro David Hatch

1969  Began training in the art of Karate (American Karate, which stemmed from the Japanese Shito Ryu Style). Achieved 1st degree Black Belt in 1975 through Sensei Larry Malo. 

1985  Began training in the arts of Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do (Wing Chun/Kickboxing/Grappling/French Savate) and the Filipino Arts with Guro Dan Inosanto, Sifu Larry Hartsell, and Professor Salem Assli.

1990  Entered Guro/Sifu Dan Inosanto's Instructor Program.

1990  Started training in Muay Thai Kickboxing with Ajarn Chai Sirisute.

1993  Entered Sifu Larry Hartsell's Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association Instructor Program.

1994  Began training in the Lameco Eskrima Program under the late Punong Guro Edgar Sulite; began training Wing Chun Kung-Fu with Sifu Francis Fong, and started training in Shoot Wrestling with Sensei Yori Nakumura/Dan Inosanto.

1994  Began one-on-one weekly private training in Balintawak Eskrima with Manong Ted Buot.

1996  Started training in Mande Muda Pencak Silat under the late Pak Herman Suwanda.

1999 Began training in Pekiti Tirsia Kali via Tuhon Bill McGrath.  

1997  Trained the National Guard troops on controlling techniques with the single stick. 

2005 started training in BJJ Profesor Marcelo C. Minteiro.  


As of February of 2020, David has attained the following:

  • Full Instructor level in Jun Fan Gung-Fu/the Art of Jeet Kune Do

  • Full Instructor level in the Filipino Martial arts

  • Associate Instructor level in the Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association

  • MAHUSAY level in Lameco Eskrima

  • White Glove and Instructor level in French Savate

  • Advance Student level in Shoot Wrestling

  • Senior Instructor Level 4 in Wing Chun Kung-Fu (Under Sifu Francis Fong)

  • Black belt/sash Level 2 in Wing Chun Kung-Fu (Under Sifu Francis Fong)

  • Ajarn (Master) Instructor in Thai Boxing (Kickboxing from Thailand)

  • Certified Instructor in Mande Muda Pencak Silat; also in the Jagabaya Program (Jagabaya level 4)

  • Advanced level in Balintawak Eskrima (Anciong Bacon method) from Manong Ted Buot after 11 years. 

  • Certified Level 2 instructor with the Minnesota Kali Group

  • Representative Instructor for Erik Paulson's Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW)

  • Certification as Guro level three in the Maphilindo Silat & Madjapahit Martial Arts

  • Brown Belt in BJJ 

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Sifu / Guro David Hatch

After Dave’s 9 years of training with his first FMA instructor, Guro Dan Inosanto, Guro asked Dave to look up and train under Manong Ted Buot in Balintawak Eskrima.  Upon finding Manong Ted Buot, and having a traditional one-on-one interview, Dave started training Balintawak in December of 1994. 

Training continued on a weekly basis until Dave received a phone call on Monong Ted’s untimely stroke in December of 2005.  Even after the stroke, Dave continued to visit Monang Ted to talk about Balintawak history, and review Dave’s instructional DVDs on Balntawak Eskrima.  With Manong Ted Buot’s blessing, Dave released 12 DVD volumes as an encyclopedia of what he was taught by Manong Ted (which reflected what Manong Ted was taught by the founder of Balintawak, Grand Master Venancio ‘Anciong’ Bacon.)  Manong Ted Buot died July 4, 2013.  His principles of Balintawak are still practiced and taught to the public.

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