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Meet the Instructor

Don " The Iron Shihan" Burnell

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Don Burnell and I’m a martial arts instructor. I was born and raised in the Victor Valley. Growing up I was smaller than most of my classmates and I was bullied due to my size. I played sports to gain acceptance, but never really felt connected to any of them. Then at 16 I was introduced to martial arts and I have been training ever since.

After graduating from Valley High school in 1981 I am a combat trained veteran of the United States Air Force served 5 years Security police officer where I taught hand-to-hand combat to my fellow officers. I also served two years as a medical technician working multiple clinics such as the Obstetrical unit, Med Surgical Unit, and ICU. I am currently employed full-time as a safety officer for KPRS Construction. In addition, I also train security professionals as a certified baton/security instructor for the Bureau of Security and Investigative services.

My martial arts training includes Doshin Kaikan Karate-Do, Tang Soo Do, Tae kwon Do, Kickboxing, and Combatives . I am the owner and master instructor of The Academy of Applied Martial in Apple Valley Ca, and currently hold the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt(Shihan).

The martial arts for me is a life long journey, and it is my goal and honor to be able to pass on the knowledge that I have gained to train those who need and desire the ability to defend themselves and become stronger mentally, physically, and spiritually.


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