Duncan's Martial Arts Academy
SiGung Rudy Duncan began training in the martial arts in 1961,
studying Tae Kwon Do in Syracuse, New York. In 1969, SiGung
Duncan switched styles, studying Shorin-Goju karate until 1978.
At this time, he began training in Shaolin Kempo, first under
the Fred Villari system and eventually with Nick Cerio's
organization. SiGung Duncan's instructor was 8th degree black
belt, Professor James Bryant of Masters Self Defense Centers. He
teaches Karazenpo Go Shinjutsu Shaolin Kempo in Syracuse, New
lineage of this art runs through Nick Cerio, and Grandmaster
George Pesare to it's founder, Grandmaster Victor "Sonny" Gascon.
SiGung Duncan continues to train with many of the martial
artists in the Central New York area. He also encourages
instructors of other styles to guest teach seminars at his dojo.
Area instructors such as Sifu Dan Donzella have been frequent
guests at Duncan's Martial Arts Academy. This has led to a
diverse martial arts knowledge base which SiGung Duncan draws
upon to provide his students with the best possible training.
SiGung Duncan has also conducted numerous
community based seminars on youth violence. As a certified
social worker, he has published several articles outlining
strategies for teaching troubled youth. He has also written
articles discussing methods for teaching karate to youth with
special needs such as attention deficit and hyperactivity
Duncan's Martial Arts Academy is the culmination of
over thirty years of martial arts training by SiGung Edward R.
"Rudy" Duncan. After spending many years training in a variety
of styles ranging from Aikido to Tae Kwon Do and Kali-Escrima,
SiGung Duncan began teaching Kempo around 1980. Over the next
20 years, SiGung Duncan taught in several locations such as
Geddes, Camillus, Baldwinville, Court Street, and the North Area
Athletic Club on Pond Street in 1998. As part of the North Area
Athletic Club, the focus of SiGung Duncan's teachings became the
youth of the surrounding neighborhood. While teaching at the
North Area Athletic Club, SiGung Duncan had a policy of free
martial arts instruction for anyone under 18 years of age
allowed the Academy to positively impact the lives of many "at
risk" youth. SiGung Duncan and the Instructors are very proud of
the students that came to that location and how they have grown
to become positive role models.
In 2004, Duncan's Martial Arts Academy moved to its new
location. Located now on New Court Ave, SiGung Duncan and his
instructors continue their dedication to the students and
families providing affordable quality instruction.
The objective of the adult program is to develop well rounded
martial artists, who have both the historical knowledge of their
art as well as the ability to use it in an emergency situation.
SiGung Duncan often invites masters of other styles to the
Academy to guest teach. This allows the students to gain
additional martial arts knowledge beyond the Kempo realm.
Directions To This Location
3717 New Court Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13206
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