Grand Master Manong Tom Lopez, PhD. MA

Grand Master, 10th Dan

Dr. Lopez is in his 53rd year of studying martial arts. He started training martial arts at the age of 10 and entered the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17.  He then continued training in various styles and systems as he traveled throughout the world.  He has trained in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, China, Philippines, as well as the United States.  In the later years of his Marine Corps career he began training fellow Marines in the martial arts and found teaching the martial arts was more rewarding than just training himself.  Upon retirement he moved to Wisconsin and established his first school in Baraboo.  The huge success of this school has led to the opening of other schools in Wisconsin and Illinois.

Mr. Lopez now serves as President of TL & CJ Enterprises, the Wisconsin Co-Director of the Inayan System of Eskrima/Inayan Training Organization, Wisconsin Representative for the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame, the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame, the World Organization of Martial Arts, and Manages the Elite Self Defense Centers.  He travels extensively providing consultant services related to martial arts, conducts seminars for the public, conducts lectures and demonstrations for local schools and civic organizations, and continues to share his knowledge and expertise with everyone.


–   Retired as a major from the United States Marine Corp.

–   Established the Elite Self Defense Centers in Baraboo, Sauk City, DeForest, & Watertown, WI.

–   Established the Villari’s Self Defense Centers in Reedsburg, WI and Palatine, IL.

–   Former Mid-West Director for all Villari’s Self Defense Centers.

–   USA Hall of Fame – Mixed Martial Arts Master 2004

–   USA Hall of Fame – Golden Life Award 2005

–   Doctorate of Philosophy in Martial Arts 2005

–   Doctorate Diploma of Philosophy in Martials Arts and Sciences March 2006

–   Appointed Grand Master (Soke) March 2006

–   USA Hall of Fame – Platinum Achievement Award (45 Years) May 2006

–   Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame – Golden Life Award July 2006

–   The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame – Grand Master (Soke) September 2006

–   Doctorate Diploma in Martials Arts September 2006

–   Awarded 10th Degree Master Black Belt Instructor September 2006

–   World Karate Union Hall of Fame – Grand Master of the Year Eskrima June 2007

–   The World Martial Arts Hall of Fame – Golden Life Award June 2007

Martial Arts study includes, but not limited to:
Inayan System of Eskrima
Inayan Kadena De Mano
Inayan Serranda Eskrima
Larga Mano Eskrima
Inayan Sinawali / Dequerdas Eskrima
Inayan Reactive Knife Defense
Inayan Pressure Sensitive Nerve Areas
Shaolin Kempo
Tai Chi
Okinawan Karate-do
Okinawan Kenpo Karate Kobudo
Plus many other systems and styles.

Present Instructors and Associates Include:
Soke/Suro Jason Inay, and Masirib Sursuro Guro Jena Inay – Inayan Training Organization
Grand Master Marty Ferrick – Founder of Mizu-Ryu Ju-Jitsu
Kyoshi Bill Wendell – Nisei Goju-Ryu
Master Mike Allen
KuDan – American Kenpo
Gat Puno Abon – Garimot System Eskrima
Maha Guro Nate Defensor – Denfensor Method of Eskrima

Previous Instructors and Associates Include (not in order or rank):
Mangisusuro Mike Inay (deceased)
Dr. Paul Whitsell
Sifu David Leung
Professor Wally Jay
Professor James Muro
Shihan Russ Rhodes
Haichi Dan Kodenkan Danzan Ryu Ju Jitsu
Professor Mike Esmailzadeh
Sensei Hans Ingebretsen
Olohe Solomon Kaihewalu
Grand Master Ciriaco “Cacoy” Canete
Grand Master George Dillman
Haichi Dan Chris Thoms
Grand Master John Pellegrini
Shihan Doug Woodhall
KuDan Roger Carpenter
KuDan Ron Van Browning
Mike Chaturantabut
Guro Ron Balicki
Guro Diana Inosanto
Master Tom Callos
Master Arthur Gonzalez
Grand Master Jimmy Tacosa
Grand Master Tom Sipin
Grand Master Joe Williams
Guro Patty Burkhalter
Guro Jim Ladis
Masirib Guro Jeff Espinous
Guro Frahjcis Gentet
Grand Master Fred Villari
Grand Master Charles Mattera
Master Fed Bagley
Master Mark Groppuso
Master John Fritz
and many more!