Master Council 2023


Michael L. Burke
Founder and President

Dr. Richard Finch
Special Advisor to the President

Kim Gylling
Vice President, Manager of Rank system

Llauger Castillo
Manager of Tournament

Eldridge Hawkins Jr.
Manager of Training

Adam Gerrald
Manager of Sparring

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Michael L. Burke

9th degree, Founder and President, Manager of Development


Short bio:

Started training Karate as 20 year old, received 1st black belt in 1976 under Alan Miller. Started training with the nunchakus in 1974, and won 15 tournaments using his own techniques. Filmed his first Chakus video tape in 1990, which sold over 20.000 copies. Founded the American Style Nunchaku in 1992, which was recognized as it's own weapons branch by the United States Martial Arts Association in 2002, also later by the United States Martial Arts Federation in 2021. Founded the American Style Nunchaku Federation in 2010, in which he is still acting President to this date.

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Dr. Richard Finch

4th degree, Special Advisor to the President


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Founder of the very first ASN School - SunDragon Martial Arts, in 1992, and creator of the very first belt rank system for the American Style Nunchaku. Dr. Finch has been in the ASN since the beginning and is a very valued and honored advisor to the president. Honorary Life Member of the ASN Federation.

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Kim Gylling

7th degree, Vice President, Manager of Rank system


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Llauger Castillo

4th degree, Manager of Tournament


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Most experienced student of American Style Nunchaku. Started training in 1997. First degree black belt in 2001, and 4th degree in 2010. 6th dan in ITF Taekwon-do. Runs his school Instituto Castillo Martial Arts School in Puerto Rico.

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Eldridge Hawkins Jr.

7th degree, Manager of Training


General Background
Life Long Karate-Ka – Over 35 Years In The Martial Arts
Senior Instructor – Baker’s Red Iron Dragon
Associate/Visiting Instructor – AJW Martial Arts Academy
Senior Rank Examiner – American Style Nunchaku Federation
Vice President – United States Martial Arts Federation
Senior Masters Caucus Member – United States Ju-Jitsu Federation (USJJF)
Senior Masters Caucus Member – United States Martial Arts Federation (USMAF)
Certified Nunchaku Expert – North American Nunchaku Association
United States Representative/Advisor – Hong Kong Nunchaku Association
National/International Advisor – Institute of Traditional Martial Arts (ITMA)
Founder – Ken-Fu Nunchaku Jutsu
Retired Municipal Police Officer – NJ
Former Mayor of Orange, NJ
CEO/Owner – Black Belt Security & Investigations, LLC

Special Awards & Recognitions
Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame Inductee – The Worlds Greatest, Volume 52
2022 USA Unified Martial Arts Hall of Fame Inductee
United States Martial Arts Federation Hall of Fame – National Kobudo Sensei
United States Ju-Jitsu Federation Hall of Fame – National Ju-Jitsu Sensei
1st Place Champion – Adult Division, Black Belt Weapons; Upland Martial Arts (Open Tournament).
2nd Place Winner – Free Fighting Division, Black Belt Men Over 200 Lbs.; Challenge of Champions XII (Open Tournament).
NJ SenateΒ & Assembly Resolution Recipient – New Jersey State Legislature Resolutions of Recognition.
Distinguished Service AwardΒ Recipient – Essex County Police Benevolent Association (PBA).
Youth Role Model Award– National Association of Negro Business & Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.

Association Memberships
Life Member – American Style Nunchaku Federation (ASNF)
Life Member – United States Ju-Jitsu Federation (USJJF)
Life Member – United States Martial Arts Federation (USMAF)
Life Member – Independent Karate Schools of America (IKSA)
Life Member – New Jersey Police Honor Legion
Member – American Karate Association (AKA)
Member – World Nunchaku Association (WNA)
Member – Jiu Jitsu Global Federation (JJGF)
Life Member – North American Nunchaku Association (NANA)

Black Belt Rank Attainment
7th Degree – American Style Nunchaku (ASNF,Β IKSA)
5th Dan – Fusion Kenpo (AKA, IKSA)
5th Dan – Kenpo Ju-Jitsu (USJJF, USJJO)
5th Dan – United States Ju-Jitsu (USJJF)
4th Dan – Chinese Kenpo Kung-Fu (USMAF)

More info on:
http://www.VirtualNunchaku.com/about/

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Adam Gerrald

4th degree, Manager of Sparring


Short bio:

Taekwondo (4.dan) practitioner from Texas. Started training in ASN in 2008, promoted to black belt in 2019. Member of the Master Council since 2021.

More info on:
https://globalmartialarts.university/course/nunchaku/

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