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Grand Master

Barry Elwood

Where It All Began
Barry Elwood grew up in Los Angeles where self-defense was crucial due to widespread gang activity. Even as a young man, in order to survive these violent surroundings, he started trained in boxing and martial arts. Barry Elwood started training in Kenpo Karate in 1967 in Glendora & Pasadena, California and was one of the early students taught by 7th Degree Black Belt– Senior Professor Dave Hebler and Sr. Grand Master Ed Parker, the founder of American Kenpo Karate. He received his black belt on April 12, 1975 in Pasadena, California at Ed Parker’s Original Kenpo Karate Studio. Barry Elwood has been involved in Kenpo and other styles of martial arts for over 47 years. He has participated in all aspects of the Arts including Boxing, Karate, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Weapons, Forms, Full Combat Tactics and holds numerous honors in the martial art world. From this he has established himself as a highly respected Kenpoist and teacher of this art today. In the year 2000 Elwood’s Combat Kenpo was established in Reno Nevada. At that time Barry Elwood had bestowed upon him by his peers the rank of tenth degree “Grand Master” of His new Combat System. Today, Barry Elwood continues to carry on the Kenpo legacy with the same high standard and belief that was taught to him in those small studios in Glendora & Pasadena California where it all began.

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Head Instructor

Antoine Linzie

I’m Antoine Linzie, Head Instructor here at Linzie Kenpo Karate.

I started Kenpo Karate under Barry Elwood in 1999, Mr. Elwood is a GM under Dave Hebler who is a SGM, from the Ed Parker Lineage. The Kenpo system we teach is a variant of the original Kenpo system. I have exclusively studied under GM Elwood and still get instruction today, I also read and apply various techniques and applications.

I started student teaching in 2002, and have assisted in instruction since, recieving my Blackbelt in 2006, Second degree in 2007, 3rd in 2017, I consistantly work on the Art, keeping it as fresh as possible. I have taught also football, baseball and basketball. I have lived in Reno since 1982. We adapt the Art around you!


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Serrada Instructor

Rich Jacobson

Northern Nevada Serrada Club instructors

Rich Jacobson has been studying the art of Serrada Escrima since 2004. He was introduced to the art by Guro Jeff Finder, who taught him the basics of Cabales Serrada Escrima and was his primary teacher until 2018. In 2015, Rich began cross-training with Guro Gordon Brown and the Solano Chapter of Angel’s Disciples Escrima Association (Grand Master Darren Tibon’s lineage). Rich was part of the Angel’s Disciples organization until 2021. He also studied Neveras Serrada Eskrima under Master Virgil Neveras. Rich has been teaching Serrada Escrima in Northern Nevada since 2019 and is continuing his study of the art of Cabales Serrada Escrima under Master JC Cabiero.

Mike Sosa has been studying Filipino Martial Arts since 2011. He holds black belts and instructor certifications in multiple arts including Kabaroan Eskrima (under Grand Master Ramiro Estalilla Jr), Modern Arnis (under Master Jeff Collins), and Neveras Serrada Eskrima (under Master Virgil Neveras). Mike has been studying Serrada Escrima since 2015 and is continuing his training under Master JC Cabiero.

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