Our Instructors

  • Grand Master Ralph Bergamo linkedin

    Rank: 8th Degree Black Belt in AFKTF

    Years Training: 46

    Grand Master Bergamo started his Martial Arts career in 1970 under Grand Master Rossi in the “Brooklyn” section of Waterbury, CT. At that time, he was also the first and a long time student of Master David LaBonte. Some of his other instructors were Master Bosco, Larry Barberi and Mel Hebert. The “Hard” style of Kun Tao was the only was that was taught, and many of Grand Master Bergamo’s fellow students never made it to the Black Belt level. Grand Master Bergamo also trained in the art of Tai Chi Quan and Ta Chi Quan Sword under Grand Master Chun-fang He, in 1990.

    In 2009, GM Bergamo set the World Record on ESPN2 US Open of Martial Arts with 6 coconuts broken with a chop 10 seconds. In 2007, he was featured on the Discovery Channel Time Warp trailer on breaking coconuts. In 2005, he set a World Record on the Jay Leno Show with 9 coconuts broken with chop 20 seconds. In 2003, he took 2nd place Black Belt Lightweight Power Breaking (concrete) in the Martial Arts World Games III, Columbus, OH.