BDMC Instructors

The Instructors

[Founder/Soke] David Akrish’s  knowledge of the combat arts is both deep and diverse. At the age of six he watched his first martial arts demonstration and knew, even then, that he would spend the rest of life studying and teaching close-quater-combat. He attended his first martial art lesson at the age of seven in which his mother would drop him off at a local Seattle Community Center every Saturday to study Karate. At the age of nine he studied Tai Kwon Do under a well known Sabunim who would soon become the coach of the International Beijing Wu Shu Team…a great honor.

The 1970’s exploded with Bruce Lee and many Kung Fu Schools opened up to the public. David attended very demanding Chinese schools of combat with such styles as: Wing Chun [Bruce Lee’s main style] and the advanced Shaolin Hybrid System of Choy-Li-Fut Kung Fu under numerous Sifus. He now has 45 Years of this Kung Fu knowledge within him.

In 1985,  David connected with old friend from high school who introduced him to Muay Thai Kick Boxing, Filipino Combat Training [Kali] and advanced Japanese Combat Training.

After over five consistent decades of both training in, and instructing numerous schools, David has decided to devote the rest of his life to teaching real-world, self-defense knowledge to the public. This includes the advanced movements of the Japanese Katana.

He has also had a 15 year background in the firefighting and emergency medical service attaining the rank of EMT- Paramedic. Since 2000, he and his wife Teah are respected owners of internationally known Traditional Chinese Herbal business, Heaven & Earth CMHC,  helping patients with complex health issues.

Teah Akrish Sensei has been an assistant instructor with an extensive martial history of Chinese, Filipino & Japanese Combat Arts training.

Style Instructors/Schools Years  Level Attained
Ishin Ryu Karate  Jackson Sensei 1968-70 Student
Tai Kwon Do Sabunim  R. Tung 1970-76 Student
Wing Chun

Kung Fu

Sifu L./Sifu B./Sifu U. 1977-Present Sifu
Choy-Li-Fut Kung Fu

Yang Tai Chi Chuan

International Plum Blossom Federation – 

Sifu Akrish White Snake School

1982-Present Sifu
Filipino & Wing Chun Systems

Muay Thai Boxing

Japanese Katana

Sifu P. & Y. Sensei 
1985-Present Student
Yee Jong Kune Do Master C. 1986-88 Student
Tai Kwon Do Halten Sensei 1992-94 Student
Kenpo Karate Braughton Sensei 1996-98 Student
Black Dragon Modern Combat
Akrish Soke 1982-Present Founder/Soke