Craig Mason

I have been a student of Martial Arts for 32 years receiving my start in an eclectic branch of Goju Ryu karate back in the fall of 1984. I had my first exposure to Filipino Martial Arts through a local seminar in the fall of 1996. Three years later in the spring of 1999 I had the fortune to attend a seminar with the late Professor Remy Presas, the founder of Modern Arnis. It was here that I briefly met my instructor and mentor Datu Tim Hartman but it wouldn’t be until a few years later that I would begin studying full time under him. I am now the Director for the WMAA in Northern Ontario with the only certified school in Canada.

I have been blessed to have the opportunity to travel, train and teach in Canada, the United States, UK and the Philippines. I have been able cross train with many talented martial artists from other systems over the last 32 years. All these opportunities have allowed me to grow as both a Martial Art student and instructor.

Accomplishments:

  • 5th Degree in Presas Arnis

  • 5th Degree in Goju Ryu Karate

  • Director for World Modern Arnis Alliance in Northern Ontario

  • First certified school in Canada for Presas Arnis under the WMAA

  • 1st Degree in Kombatan under the IPMAF

  • Canadian National Director for the Shirenkan International Board of Directors

It has been an amazing journey so far, looking forward to what the future brings.