Martial Arts

Teaching martial arts to kids at the Aqaba Mosque in Fresno, California.

Teaching martial arts to kids at the Aqaba Mosque in Fresno, California.

For detailed information about my martial arts practice and classes, as well as in-depth articles on martial arts, visit my Hammerhead Martial Arts website at

I first began training in martial arts at the age of fourteen in Riyadh (I was born and raised in California, but attended high school in Saudi Arabia). For several years I studied Shotokan Karate in Riyadh and later in Fresno, California. Later I went on to study many arts including HwaRangDo, Hapkido, Kali, Silat, Jujitsu, Shorin-Ryu Kempo, Jeet Kune Do, Aikido and Pekiti Tirsia Kali.

I am now a martial arts instructor and continuing student. Among the ranks I currently hold:

Hapkido – 3rd degree black belt.

Shorin-Ryu Kempo – 3rd degree black belt.

Kokodo Jujutsu – 2nd degree black belt.

Hapkido and Silat are my core arts. I continue to train actively in Pekiti Tirsia Kali as well. I have had the honor in the last several years to attend seminars with martial arts greats such as Guru Dan Inosanto, Soke Irie Yasuhiro, and Maul Mornie.

To see my current class schedule, visit my martial arts website,

2 thoughts on “Martial Arts

  1. Br.Wael I knew it, when you wrote the part about Zaid Karim practicing KaliI had a feeling you were behind it. Also, I have a feeling that most of Hassan’s story was based on your experiences. You have been a dispatcher, martial arts in both stories (Hassan and Zaid Karim) and Layth drove a taxi in New York city.
    I’ve also a studied Shotokan karate, but stopped shortly after that, took me many belts before I got to yellow-black. Studied Taekwondo, Wing Chun- Kung Fu.

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