Haastyle Martial Arts Academy head Instructor Russ Haas has been a dedicated student of the martial arts since 1983 training in traditional Japanese karate. In 1995 he began training with Manny Reyes Sr. (10th degree black belt) at the Hialeah School of Self Defense. He earned his 3rd degree black belt in the art of Ed Parker’s American Kenpo Karate in 2004. As a student of the Counterpoint Tactical System Founder Zach Whitson, Mr. Haas has enhanced his skills to new levels. With great pride he was one of the first to achieve black belt in Master Whitson’s system in September 2010, and was promoted in October 2015 to 3rd degree black belt. In June 2008 Mr. Haas received his Black Belt in Cacoy Doce Pares from world renowned Filipino Grandmaster “Cacoy” Canete and is now ranked as a 3rd degree black belt in CDP as well. Mr. Haas has always shown an interest in expanding his understanding of the martial arts and has trained and earned rank Jeet Kune Do, Pekiti Tirsia Kali, and the French Martial Arts of Savate / La Boxe Francaise.
As a graduate of Oneonta State in New York, Mr. Haas holds degrees in Business/ Economics, Geography and Educational Psychology. He continues his journey through the arts as a student of Master Instructor Zach Whitson (CTS and Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima) and as a full time instructor.
The stories and philosophies in this blog are those of Mr. Haas alone and presented for the purpose of propagating Filipino Martial Arts and training culture, in particular, Counterpoint Tactical System and Cacoy Doce Pares Eskrima as practiced at Haastyle Martial Arts Acadcemy.