HISTORY

Kugtar was established in 1995 by Master Vince Vanderlipe.

The name Kugtar originated from the Filipino word that translates “Kick”.

 

Master V was born in the Philippines. At a young age, He learned the art of Eskrima. Eskrima is a Filipino Martial Arts that emphasizes in weapon based fighting using sticks, knifes, and other bladed weapons.

 

Master V continue his love for martial arts in America. In 1985 he joined Tang Soo Do in Salinas, CA, where he received his first black belt in the course of 18 months. Over 7 years he competed in lots of karate tournaments, soon converted to full contact kickboxing. In 1996, he won the Kickboxing Championship title with his infamous axe kick, which left him with the nickname “The AXE MAN”. 

 

The end of 1996, he was introduced to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, by a black belt member from the Gracie family known from Brazil, Ralph Gracie. Since then, Master V has been training in BJJ 5 days a week. He competes in all major BJJ tournaments all over the world today.

 

Master Vanderlipe currently holds a 2nd Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, 4th Degree Black Belt Tang Soo Do, 3rd  Degree Black Belt Kenpo, Black Belt Tae Kwan Do, Certified Eskrima Instructor, and Certified Kick Boxing Instructor. 

 

His knowledge and passion for martial arts is impeccable. Master Vanderlipe patient teaching-style, proper form, and winning techniques make him a hard to beat competitor and great instructor. 

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