Joined May 28 2013
38 years old
Stephen started studying in the martial arts when he was 5 years old. Since then he has studied under numerous systems, to ultimately drawn to the simplicity and practicality of the kenpo system. Stephen originally started American Kenpo Karate (Tracy style) under Robert Vanelli in 1989. He received his first degree black belt on August 17, 1996. Through various seminars, became introduced to the traditional parker style Karate and has been working with the system since then. Since then he has had the honor to train with some of the best: spent some time training at the Tracy school, also studying under Bill Hicks, Lary Tatum, Huk Planas, and Lee Wedlake (seminars mainly). From 2000 – 2003, studied under Jack Morris and his take on traditional Kenpo karate.
Currently living and working in Japan, Stephen is brining American Kenpo Karate to a new generation of martial artists. Recently promoted to 5th Dan through the IKKA, Associate Professor Stephen Salaka is looking to investigate the theoretical differences between the various kenpo schools and understand the underlying fundamentals of many of the "lost forms". Stephen serves as the IKKA representative in Japan.