Instructors of NAK Martial Arts Academy
Meet Sal Banuelos
Owner and Chief Instructor at NAK Martial Arts Center in Gilbert | 8th Degree Black Belt
Professor Sal Banuelos has a unique blend of training to offer his students. Professor Banuelos studied Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan Karate, American Boxing and wrestling for many years before finally deciding on Kajukenbo as his lifelong commitment. He chose Kajukenbo because of the realistic street fighting approach to self-defense. Coming from various styles, Kajukenbo was an awaking art to him, with pulling hair and biting techniques. Multiple fighters with weapons and empty hands gave him the feeling of the real street fights. Growing up in the projects of San Jose California, this style made sense.
Professor Banuelos received his Black Belt from Sigung Steve Kantoniemi of the Crazy Dragons. He also trained with Sifu Bob Hernandez. As well as under Sifu Bill Owens who awarded him a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Wun-Hop-Kuen-Do. Professor Banuelos received his 5th Degree under Ahgung Tony Ramos. He received his professorship from GrandMaster Gary Forbach and Grandmaster Ted Sotello in September 2007.
Professor Banuelos has been a martial arts instructor since 1985. In addition to owning and operating the NAK Martial Arts Center in Gilbert Arizona he has also taught at universities, high schools, law enforcement agencies and women's self-defense seminars throughout the Bay Area, Hawaii and Arizona.
With his experience in numerous styles, Professor Banuelos continues to believe that the instructor should also be a student. He therefore, continues to study and increase his skills and knowledge so that he can pass on the very latest in self-defense techniques to his students. He has added JuiJitsu, Sayoc Kali, Kickboxing, Mix Martial Arts and his own blend of street fighting techniques. He created a unique system for women only, with a blend of MMA, self-defense techniques and Kimo Muay Thai.
His goal is not only to make great fighters but build better people. Professor Banuelos has said “This world does not need better fighters, it needs better people. People who live with all the black belt principles in mind and people who truly obey the laws of martial arts are respectful to others and are loyal to their team and loved ones”.