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Sifu & Chief Executive Officer

Curtis Diaz


A native of Trenton, NJ Sifu Curtis Diaz started martial arts training in 1985 in the styles of Shotokan Karate under Master Katsuya Kisaka. Sifu Diaz then went on to train under Sifu Rick Tucci, where he trained in the styles of Jeet Kune Do (Jun Fan Gung Fu), Muay Thai (Thai Boxing), and Kali Eskrima (Filipino Martial arts). While training under the tutelage of Sifu Rick Tucci, Sifu Diaz also had the privilege to train annually and receive certification under Guru Dan Inosanto and Ajarn Chai.


Sifu Diaz began studying more traditional styles of Kung Fu. He met Sifu Louis Diaz, who for the past 27 years has been training Sifu Diaz in the arts of the Five Animal, Five Family Kung Fu, Hung Gar, and full contact San Da (San Shou). Sifu Diaz has the honor of being a Yup Sut Dai Gee (Inner chamber disciple) under Sifu Louis Diaz. Sifu Diaz is also the first student under Sifu Louis Diaz to become a Sifu in Southern styles of Kung Fu and San Da.

" Martial Arts are a vehicle for

developing your human potential"

Sifu Diaz is the owner and CEO of Shaolin 3 Warriors San Da. Sifu Diaz provides instruction within the styles of Shaolin Five Animal Five Family Kung Fu, Hung Gar Kung Fu, and San Da (San Shou). Additionally, Sifu Diaz has coached numerous students to become national and international champions in full contact fighting and Lei Tai.


For the past six years, Sifu Diaz has continued his studies in the styles of Five Animal Five Family, Hung Gar Kuen(Kung Fu) and internal style of Xing Yi Quan under the instruction and mentorship of Sifu Jamal Rashad El. Recognizing that mental and spiritual training is just as significant as physical preparation. Sifu Diaz has developed his relationship with Sifu Jamal through which he has gained spiritual guidance, knowledge, a friend, and a father figure. Under the leadership of Sifu Jamal, Sifu Diaz has not only learned what it takes to become a better fighter, but also a better instructor. Sifu Diaz feels blessed to have witnessed the inspiring legacy and quintessential leadership of Sifu Jamal. Sifu Diaz was also the Escrima Stick Fighting National Champion. In 2023, Sifu Diaz received his 5th degree Grandmaster in the DC Serrada Escrima under Maha Guru SGMD and Grandmaster Mustafa Gunaydin. Sifu Diaz along with Grandmaster John Crudup were the first to establish presents of the Black Karate Federation in New Jersey. Sifu Diaz has 17 years in Law Enforcement (corrections) and is a member of the Mercer County Special Operations team (C.E.T. and S.W.A.T.). Sifu has over 38 years of experience in close quarters fighting, boxing, wrestling, full contact, forms, and weapons. Sifu Diaz has been recognized for his martial arts and has received several international and national awards/accolades.



  • 2023-2024 Who's Who International Hall of Honors

  • 2023 World Karate Union Hall of Fame Inductee

  • 2022 Writer for Internacional Hall Of Fame Argentina Magazine 

  • 2022 Universal International Martial Arts Hall Of Fame 

  • 2021-2023 Martial Arts Legacy Hall Of Fame Award 

  • 2021 The Lineup of Masters

  • 2021 International Martial Arts Hall of Fame London

  • 2021 Martial Arts Masters Hall Of Fame-The Worlds Greatest Martial Artist vol. 34

  • 2021-2023 USHOFMA International Hall Of Honors Hall Of Champions Distance award

  • 2020  International Hall Of Fame India

  • 2020  Featured in Masters And Pioneers In The Martial Arts Chuck Norris Edition 

  • 2020 Who’s Who in the Martial Arts

  • 2020 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

  • 2020, 2021, 2022 International Hall of Fame Argentina

  • 2020 Marquis Humanitarian

  • 2020 Marquis Who’s Who

  • 2019 Unites States Head of Family Martial Arts Hall of Honors

  • 2019 Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors Esteemed Martial Arts Award 

  • 2019 Legends of Martial Arts Hall of Fame—Master of the Year of Hung Gar Kung Fu

  • 2019 Board of Advisors of the United States Black Belt Federation.

  • 2018 Masters of Martial Arts Hall of Honors

  • 2018 Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of Honors Outstanding Achievements 

  • 2017 Philadelphia Historic Martial Arts Society Hall of Fame

Affiliates & Societies

  • World Martial Arts Federation Inc.

  • Publicitst for International Hall of Fame Argentina Magazine

  • Publicist for United World Serrada Escrima Federation

  • Pennsylvania Karate Hall of Fame Member

  • United World Serrada Escrima Federation Board of Directors

  • American Martial Arts Alliance

  • Essene Church of Christ Order of the Blue Rose

  • USA Liaison for International Hall of Fame Argentina 

  • Philadelphia Historic Martial Arts Society Board Member

  • United States Black Belt Federation Board of Directors

  • United States Martial Arts Head of Family

  • WEKAF (World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation)

  • Cast member in "Heroes 1 out of 100 Casting " movie

  • 1st to establish the Black Karate Federation (B.K.F.) in New Jersey

  • Featured in #1 Martial Arts Magazine in the world, "Deadly Art of Survival" Magazine

Honorable Mentions

Sifu Diaz has studied under two great Masters, Grand Master Jamal, and Grand Master Lous Diaz. He now teaches beside his Assistant, Sifu Jess Upton.


Grand Master

Jamal R. El

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Grand Master

Louis Diaz



Jess Upton

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