Demetrius Angelo, born in our Nation’s Capital in the 1960’s among the residue of the Civil Rights Movement. During this time, his father was one of the first Blacks to integrate the Washington D.C Metropolitan Police Department which meant “Trouble” was not an option . In 1973, Demetrius began playing “Little League” sports and credits it as the catalyst for his interest in playing sports. He believes the sport taught him discipline and the importance of healthy living. It all started back in 1975 when Demetrius saw Bruce Lee on TV. Immediately he told his dad that he wanted to do “That”. So his dad took him down to the local Boys Club where the rest of Demetrius’ journey in the Martial Arts would start. The Korean art of Tang Soo Do was the initial Martial Art taught at the Boys Club and it was there he developed his love for Kicking. In 1979, Demetrius was introduced to Master Donald S. Bitanga of the American Asian Combat System, where he learned several styles of Martial Arts – including: Okinawan Shorin-Ryu Kobayoshi Karate, American Free Style Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Chinese Boxing, Western Boxing, Largo DeMano Escrima and Kobudo. Demetrius obtained his 1st Degree Black Belt at 16 and began student-teaching at the dojo which birthed in him a love and zeal for teaching.
The seventies was an incredible decade for Black film actors because it marked the first time they were the heroes on the silver screen. With the emergence of pioneers such as Grand Master Ron Van Clief (the first Black person in Chinese Kung Fu films) and people like Jim Kelly and Fred Williamson tearing up the silver screen here in the States, it’s no surprise that Demetrius caught the bug to be an Action Star!
At 17, Demetrius moved to New York City to attend college and pursue his desire to perform in Action Films! NYC quickly became familiar to Demetrius, as his mother was born in the Bronx. Demetrius steadfastly resumed his study of the Martial Arts meeting such greats as Masters Andre “Ice Man” Brown, Dwayne Sudan Thomas and Malcolm Livingston of the Wolf Fox Fighting System now known as DFT. It was in 1991 that Demetrius would get very close to his film icons Bruce Lee and Steven Segal when he was introduced to Traditional Wing Chun Kung Fu by Master Keith Maza and Sifu Dr. Gary Young and at that same time he also met the late Grand Master Bob Bute of the Jukido Jiu Jitsu, Grand Master David Jones of Grizzmatic Touch Ryu Jiu Jitsu and Grand Master Florend M Visitacion (Professor Vee) of Vee Arnis Jitsu. Training with these Masters, Demetrius increased vastly in his knowledge of Aikido, Judo, Jiu Jitus, Arnis and Wing Chun in which he credits as the foundation of his own art Scientific Tactical Defense along with Karate, Kobudo and Firearms Tactics.
Demetrius used the lessons he learned in martial arts and applied them to his career in Fitness. As a Personal Group Fitness Instructor, he developed his own fitness brand, C4 Intense Training.
Demetrius appeared in his first Independent Action films in 1994 and in 1996 met “The Black Dragon” Ron Van Clief on set, who was instrumental in guiding Demetrius to his first national advertisement campaign for HBO.
Demetrius Angelo was a stunt performer in the Luke Cage episodes Suckas Need Bodyguards and Now You’re Mine.
Sugar Foot is a retired Canadian 7-time World Champion Hall of Fame kickboxer, boxer, martial artist, actor and author. Rated by experts as one of the greatest full contact fighters of all time, Sugarfoot was a superb technician who possessed high fighting I.Q. and lightning speed.
He retired from kickboxing in 1996 with a record of 50-1-1, having avenged the only draw of his career but only one defeated Peter, the undefeated Richard Sylla at the WKA World Title in Paris.
Appeared in the film No retreat No surrender with Jean Claude Van Damme
VETERAN martial arts practitioner Sijo Thomas Gettling began his study of Judo in 1964 under Judoka and Vietnam tunnel rat Robert Saunders
While deployed in Vietnam, Saunders gave Gettling his blessing to study Kung Fu under Sifu Diu Shen. Gettling’s passion for martial arts led him to Sydney Filson, who introduced him to two legends in their field. Jason Lau; a Wing Chun legend and Thomas Agero; a Kobudo master.
Blessed with the privilege to receive instruction from all three, Gettling at age 14 began teaching children from his neighborhood and turned to the tournament circuit when both he and his student found great success in the combined artform which is now known as San Lung Tao.
When he was 17, Sijo Gettling was approached by Adolfo Ennever to join the group of AFMA. Unbeknownst to him, the president of this group was Ronald Duncan- the father of American Ninjitsu… Not long after, Gettling was recruited as part of a select group called the Shadows of the Black Dragon.
For over three decades, Gettling served as the Renshi (Master Instructor) to Adolfo Ennever, O’sensei Ronald Duncan, and Hanshi Vincente Cruz.
In 2010, Gettling parted ways with AFMA and founded a successful organization called the World Warrior Alliance (WWA). The WWA hosted well-attended seminars around the USA and Canada.
Always a student, Gettling has received mentorship from Oso Tayari Casel and Soke Lil John Davis over the last 11 years.
Despite having several books and magazine features in his lifetime, Gettling’s biggest and proudest achievements beyond his students have been 100’s tournament victories, He takes pride in his student’s success both inside and outside the Dojo, as well as in his own career as a personal bodyguard to the stars that have included taking care of James Brown, Madonna, Tina Turner, and Pele.
Approaching year 58 of training, Sijo Gettling’s greatest gift without a doubt is his longevity and consistency in his beloved martial arts – career – students – and family.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet and experience Sijo Thomas Gettling’s greatness at Deadly Art of Survival’s 2nd Convention, happening on September 10, 2022. GM will be instructing an Official Nunchaku seminar on the event.
Martial arts have a way of helping you deal with life and its challenges. They teach you to face them head-on, which isn’t always easy but can be rewarding if done right. While there are many different styles of martial arts out there, they all share one thing in common: they’re all about being able to control your emotions and use them to your advantage when needed. Deadly Art of Survival shared important principles of the Martial Arts and how you can apply it to your everyday life.
Change is inevitable. Change is good. Change is necessary. Change is challenging and exciting. It can be scary, but it’s also a good thing! The Martial Arts are a living art form that changes with the times and adapt to new situations as they arise in our world today – this means that you will always be learning something new from your training every day, even after many years of study or practice under one master teacher or another.”
Learn to love the grind
In life, we all have to learn to love the grind. It’s not easy and it won’t come easy. But if you want something in life, then you have to work for it!
The same goes for martial arts: if you want to be a great martial artist, then there will be times when your training will feel like nothing but hard work and frustration. But remember this important fact: when all else fails…the only way out is through!
The “why” matters
The “why” is what drives you to be better. It’s the reason behind your training, and it’s what keeps you going when things get tough. The “why” should be greater than the “how”, because if there’s no reason for improvement, then why bother?
The “why” is also why they use words like “legend” and “survivalist” in the magazine—because legends are legends for a reason! These people have accomplished something great; they are legends because they lived their lives with purpose and passion. They weren’t content with just surviving; they wanted more out of life than just surviving another day… They were driven by their vision of how things could be made better through hard work and determination rather than fear or apathy (the latter two being common responses when faced with challenges).
Don’t let your ego get in the way of your success.
Ask for help when you need it, and don’t be afraid to admit that something doesn’t work or is not working as planned. This will help others progress faster than they would if they were stuck trying to figure out how things worked on their own.* Be humble in victory and defeat; don’t brag about yourself or others who have achieved great things (unless it’s someone else’s business). If someone asks what happened during an event—and there are plenty of situations where this could happen—tell them! But also remember that these stories belong only to those who shared them with you first.* Don’t be afraid to admit when something isn’t working well enough yet; ask questions instead of making assumptions based solely on past experiences alone (or worse yet—false assumptions).
Surround yourself with greatness
If you want to be great, surround yourself with greatness.
Greatness can come from anyone, and it doesn’t matter if they’re in your field or not. You can learn from anyone and everyone, even if they aren’t in your field!
Control your attitude
Don’t let bad days get to you.
Don’t be afraid to be wrong or try new things and fail.
Ask questions when you don’t understand something, but also don’t be afraid of asking for help if needed!
In order to find balance, you must first know what it means. Balance is the ability to maintain a steady equilibrium between two opposing forces or entities. For example, if there are two objects on your desk, such as a pen and an apple, one will be attracted to the other and therefore want them both in its possession at all costs—even if that means destroying everything else in its path! But if there were only one object (like say a pen) then we wouldn’t need another person who also wanted this same thing because both could just focus on getting it themselves rather than fighting over who gets what first.”
The best way we can describe what this means for us as martial artists is through our own experiences: We have learned over time that sometimes competing with others may not always be beneficial or even possible when putting yourself first – but trying harder still doesn’t guarantee success either! So instead of struggling against each other during training sessions or competitions (which only leads us further away from achieving our goals), let’s learn how important finding balance truly is; maybe then one day soon everyone around us will understand why I say “I’m not going anywhere?”
Trust your instincts and training
You should trust your instincts and training. Trust the experience you’ve had so far, trust your body, mind, and spirit. Trust yourself to know what is right for you at all times.
Trust your intuition too! Your gut feeling will tell you when something feels off or not quite right about a situation, or even if someone is lying to you or trying to trick/trickery themselves into believing something different than reality (I know from experience).
Fear is a natural part of life. It’s good. It keeps you safe, which is one of the things that most people want in this world. But fear can also be bad, and when it stops you from doing things that are important to you—that’s when things get tricky.
You see, it’s easy to be afraid when something bad happens: maybe there was a fire and your house burned down; maybe someone close to us died from an illness, or maybe our child was hit by a car while walking home from school one day (this last example happened). But what about the times when we don’t think anything terrible will happen at all? We just want some ice cream before bedtime! Well…maybe not so fast…it turns out that even if there isn’t any immediate danger looming over our heads (or belly), these small moments still have consequences for our lives long after they’ve passed into memory-land if we don’t take action immediately upon hearing about them first hand from someone else who witnessed firsthand how terrible our actions were during those brief moments before being forced into hiding afterward where nobody could find us because nobody knew where exactly they went off too thus preventing us from ever coming back out again ever again no matter how hard everyone tries hunting them down relentlessly through all means necessary until finally realizing what happened years later after becoming aware once again after having forgotten everything except one thing which remained constant throughout all time periods: death itself.”
Be the best you can be. Put change into perspective. Understand the grind. Know why you’re doing it and if it’s worth it, do it with sincerity and humility, surround yourself with people who push you to be great, control your attitude so you don’t let bad days get to you, and find balance in all aspects of life, trust yourself and don’t stop moving forward.
This is the mindset of those who have made it to the top. They know what they’re doing, but they also know that everyone else has a different story and journey. They understand that everyone has their own path, so they don’t judge anybody or make assumptions about others’ abilities or aspirations.
They recognize that there are no shortcuts in life; every step forward requires hard work, dedication, and sacrifice—and sometimes failure along the way as well! In this case, failure can only be learned through experience gained from making mistakes along the way (which leads me to my next point).
The key thing here is attitude: Be positive when things aren’t going well; surround yourself with people who push you towards greatness instead of negativity because negative people usually drag others down too – which will lead us back around again…
As we close out this article, I want to share with you that Martial Arts will never be easy. You will always have ups and downs in your journey but that’s what makes it so great! So long as you keep working hard and keep believing in yourself, then there is no limit to how far you can go!
If you find that these principles are helping you in your life, then great! Deadly Art of Survival Magazine encourages everyone to keep practicing them as often as possible. The best way to stay on top of them is by keeping mindful of them and reminding yourself when they need attention.
Read more about Martial Arts in Deadly Art of Survival Magazine.