|Rob Acox Sensei||
Bio. Robert Acox
Occupation- Naval Mine Warfare Specialist Retired / Full-Time Student Mr. Acox began his martial arts training in 1990 in the art of Tang Soo Do while deployed in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm. From there Mr. Acox continued his training in 1995 with Sensei Jay Williams in Cuong Nhu Oriental Martial Arts which has it’s roots in Shotokan Karate, and combines aspects of Aikido, Judo, Wing Chun, Vovinam, Tai Chi, And Boxing, founded by Grand Master Ngo Dong. While studying under Sensei Williams, Mr. Acox had the distinct pleasure to meet and train with Grand Master Ngo Dong on several occasions. While training in Cuong Nhu, Mr. Acox also trained in USMC unarmed hand-to-hand combat while stationed as part of the Auxiliary Security Force for Naval Weapons Station, SC. Mr. Acox received extensive training in weapons retention, arrest and apprehension, application and use of deadly force, escalation of force, advanced firearms training, anti-terrorism, and defense against edged weapons. Shortly after 9/11 while stationed on a US Navy Coastal Mine Hunter in South Texas, Mr. Acox was tapped to become the ship-board anti-terrorism/force protection training officer. His job was to elevate the entire crews level of knowledge and training in weapons qualifications/safety (both small arms and crew served), shipboard security, engagement tactics, anti-terrorism, threat assessment, watch standing use and application of deadly force, and escalation of force. He rose to the task qualifying 100% of the crew in small arms/ crew served weapons, anti-terrorism and force protection in support of the global war on terrorism. Mr. Acox is a fitness guru and spends many hours in gym working out with weights and doing cardio to keep in top physical condition. In 1998 Mr. Acox found the Wan Yun Loong Combat System, highly impressed by the caliber of teaching and training by Master Gary, he joined as a permanent member. In 2001 Mr. Acox was awarded with his first Shodan in the Wan Yun Loong.
In 2003 Mr. Acox was appointed as assistant instructor under Richard Elizondo. In 2004 Mr. Acox was awarded the rank of Nidan in the Wan Yun Loong. In 2009 Mr. Acox was promoted to Nidan in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu.
Mr. Acox has had the distinct honor to train with the following Bujinkan Instructors on several occasions: George Russell Sensei
Joseph Adriance Shihan
Thom Humpreys Sensei
Rich Cearley Shihan
Glen Morris Shihan
|Rob & his wife Jessica||
An inside look from Robert Acox
I feel that as a senior noncom in the military it is our duty and responsibility to pass on what we know, to lead by example, and to mentor those junior to us. This easily converts over to martial arts training as well.
Most people in today’s society live in a bubble of belief that they will never be attacked, and worst that if they are, then there is nothing they can do about it, except be a victim. From first-hand experience I know stuff happens, therefore I choose not to take that chance.
It is my wish then to use the benefit of my experience to pass on my knowledge to those I help teach, and better prepare them for any confrontation they may or may not face in real life.
I also believe that a journey in the martial arts, as well as in life, is one of ever receding destinations, there is no final step or last level to attain. The most we can ever hope to achieve is an ever-increasing awareness of ourselves, and the lessons that life teaches us.
I believe Bruce Lee said it best by the