Whether you call him Coach, Sifu, or Sensei, Michael Mac Donald has had a lifelong commitment to martial arts and with that a diverse range of instructors and mentors over 30+ years of training and instruction.

"Five Families" Kung Fu Instructor:

Sifu Lee 

Hung Gar Kung Fu​ Mentor 
Muay Thai Instructor Certification awarded by:
Jan Ford former owner/chief instructor of Ford's Martial Arts in Santa Barbara

Judo Black Belt Awarded by:
Sensei Alex McCormick
4th degree Black Belt (Yodan) 

Sambo and Tae Kwon-Do 
Black Belts awarded by:
American Combat Sambo founder Vincent Ornelas who held Black Belts: 5th degree Tae Kwon-Do, 6th degree American Combat Sambo, 2nd degree Hapki-Do, 1st degree Kempo.

Boxing Instructor
Mike Lemke - Former owner of State Street Boxing Club, professional kickboxer, and training partner of Chuck Lidell.

Krav Maga Instructor Certification awarded by:

IDF Veteran Yoav Schafer

Krav Maga Training:
IDF Special Forces and Counter Terrorism Instructor Avi Schafer

Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Awarded by:

Steve Marcello Arce (Machado Lineage Black Belt)​

David Tice-Mintz (American Jiu Jitsu Black Belt)
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Head Instructor:

Michael L Mac Donald

Founder of Rising Phoenix Kung Fu
7th Degree Blackbelt

Combat SAMBO
3rd Degree Blackbelt

Israeli Krav Maga 
Master Instructor

Taekwondo
2nd Degree Blackbelt

Judo
1st Degree Blackbelt  (Shodan)

Jiu-jitsu
Blackbelt

Muay Thai 
​Master Instructor


Fight Record 17 W-3L
(15 KO/ 2 subs)
Pro Kickboxing 9 W-0L (9 KOs)

Amateur National Heavyweight Champion
Amateur 5W-1L (5 KOs)
MMA 3W-2L (2 subs 1 KO)

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