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Instructors & Staff
William Mello

2nd Degree Black Belt

Instructor, Your Best Defense Martial Art Center

I started training at Your Best Defense with an interest in martial arts.  That interest turned into a hobby and that hobby became a way of life.  Martial arts training has allowed me to do things – train in China at the Shaolin Temple and on Wu Dang Mountain, become a black belt, become a Sifu – that I never dreamed possible.  My passion for martial arts grows with each new thing I learn, with each goal achieved and with each student who begins training with an interest in martial arts.

  • Sifu Tai Chi – 2010 

  • Black Belt Yi Ran Dao Kung Fu, 1st Dan – 2011

  • Sifu Yi Ran Dao Kung Fu –  2014

Biographical Information:

  • 1986-87   – Kung Fu Training at Green Dragon Studio, Tallmadge, Ohio

  • 1993~1998 – Studied Chi Gong with Dr. Tianyou Hao, Cleveland, Ohio

  • 2003 – Began T’ai Chi Ch’uan training at Your Best Defense

  • 2005 – Began Yi Ran Dao kung fu training at Your Best Defense

  • 2006 – Began practicing Sudarshan Kriya Yoga

  • 2007 – Present: Received training in GAP (Gentle Awakening Process) designed to integrate consciousness and establish permanent peace of mind.

  • 2007 – Promoted to Assistant T’ai chi Instructor

  • 2007 – Present: Trained under Wu Shangwei, 34th Generation Master Shaolin Monk.

  • 2008 – Traveled to China and trained at the Shaolin Temple near Denfeng.

  • 2009 – Completed Knife Fighting and Defensive Tactics in Knife Fighting conducted by Guru Felix Valencia of Valencia Lameco Eskrima, Los Angeles, California.

  • 2009 –Present: Student in Master Vince Gentiluomo’s Shaolin Masters Class

  • 2010 – Certified Oneness Deeksha (Blessing) Giver by the Oneness University, India

  • 2010 – Promoted to Sifu (full instructor) Tai Chi Ch’uan

  • 2011 – Attained the rank of 1st Degree Black Belt, Yi Ran Dao Kung Fu

  • 2012 – Completed Knife Fighting and Defensive Tactics in Knife Fighting conducted by Guru Felix Valencia of Valencia Lameco Eskrima, Los Angeles, California.

  • 2012 – Traveled to China and trained at the Shaolin Temple near Denfeng.

  • 2012 – Traveled to China and trained at the Wudang Dragongate Kung Fu School located on Wu Dang Mountain.

  • 2013 – Completed “T’ai Chi Ch’uan 13 Postures” Training at Your Best Defense

  • 2014 – Promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt and Sifu (full instructor) of Yi Ran Dao Kung Fu

  • 2018 - Promoted to Green Sash in Ch'i Kung Fu Tao by Si Gung Vincent Gentiluomo.

Specialized Training:

  • Small Body Training

  • Yin Iron Transference Palm

  • Two consecutive 100 day Arm Grab Programs

  • Muscle Tendon Change 100 Day Program