Grand Master - 8th Degree Black Belt
Grand Master, Phil Mc Grath’s, passion for martial arts started at the age of 15. By age 20, he received his black belt in Korean American Tang Soo Do and started teaching as the head instructor for Tom Bloom Karate. By 21, he purchased the Tom Bloom Karate Thousand Oaks Studio where he successfully taught and operated the school for 5 years. During this time he coached a fight team made up of 14 guys and 5 girls. This team was known as The Lost Boys and they dominated the tournament circuit locally all the way up to internationally.
Grand Master Mc Grath then branched out into private instruction while still competing in fighting and accumulating many titles including All Valley, Regional, State, National, and International Fighting Champion many times over.
He earned a spotlight in Black Belt magazine for winning in the Hawaii Festival of The Kings Karate Championship and has also appeared in Martial Arts Training magazine.
Grand Master Mc Grath's greatest joy is watching the growth of his students. He has taught hundreds of students over the past 34 years from the ages of 3.5 years old all the way up to 73! Grand Master Mc Grath has also taught everyone from autistic children and teens to police officers and Navy Seals to training women of all ages in self-defense.
Phil Mc Grath obtained his 8th-degree black belt in 2017 which is considered the rank of Grand Master.
Master - 5th Degree Black Belt
Master Frank Russo started his career in martial arts as a competitive wrestler from fifth grade through his senior year of high school. He has since competed regularly in martial arts’ tournaments throughout California, Nevada, and Mexico.
Master Russo was rated the #1 under Black Belt Fighter by the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA). His other titles include two-time International Fighting Champion, taking first place at the Ed Parker Long Beach Internationals and the Mexico Internationals held in Tijuana, Mexico. He also obtained regional and local titles at the individual and team level.
Alongside his career, Master Russo has been active in local youth sports for over 15 years. He coached varsity wrestling at Westlake High School and coached, managed, and directed various teams and positions for Westlake Agoura Girls Softball.