About Bryan

Sifu/Guro/Khru/Doctor Bryan Stoops is the founder and Head Instructor of Bryan Stoops Family Martial Arts Academy

Bryan with Guro Inosanto

Bryan as a martial artist:

– Associate Instructor (5th Level) in the Filipino Martial Arts under Guro Dan Inosanto
– Associate Instructor (5th Level)  in Jeet Kune Do under Guro Dan Inosanto
– Guro Level One in Maphilindo Silat under Guro Dan Inosanto
– Associate Instructor in Thai Boxing under Ajarn Chai Sirisute
– Associate Instructor (4th Level) in Wing Chun Gung Fu under Sifu Francis Fong
– Full Instructor in Jun Fan Gung Fu under the Jun Fan/Jeet Kune Do Grappling Association
– Full Dog Brother: Nickname “Guide Dog” – just under 50 Real Contact Stick Fights
– Red Dog Tag Level Instructor in Dog Brothers Martial Arts under Guro Marc Denny
– Yellow Glove in Savate under Professor Nic Saignac
– Apprentice Instructor in mixed grappling under Sensei Roy Harris
– Module One Instructor in the Applied Eskrima Method of Balintawak under Master Virgil Cavada
– Apprentice Instructor in Kali/JKD under Sifu/Guro Bud Thompson, Guro Inosanto’s oldest, active full instructor
– Senior 2nd in Jeet Kune Do under The Chinatown JKD Association
– Completed the Class One Curriculum of Guro Ron Reekers in Kabaroan Kalirongon Eskrima
–  Level Two Practitioner of the Japanese healing art of Reiki – Through the Reiki Center of Los Angeles
– Instructor’s belt (red) in Shaolin Kempo
– Red belt (seventh level) in Tae Kwon Do

Bryan as a professional educator:

– Served as a Dean of Students, and now Assistant Principal in the Pomona Unified School District
– Taught public school in southern California  for twelve years
– Earned a professional, clear teaching credential from the state of California
– Earned a Master’s of Arts in Education Degree from the California State University System
– Completed a Master’s Thesis on the use of martial arts philosophy to make new classroom teachers more functional
– Co-authored a case study on an elementary school in Pomona, California for the University of La Verne
–  Earned a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree from the University of La Verne, one of California’s oldest private colleges.


“Guro Bryan Stoops’ martial arts lineage, credentials, and fighting experience are all very impressive on their own. But since I’ve started training with Guro Bryan, I’ve seen that his teaching style and methods are what also set him apart from other instructors.

Guro Bryan is able to seamlessly blend eight different martial arts into one cohesive curriculum. Whether it be with blades or blunt impact weapons, empty-handed striking, or grappling on the ground, I’ve been able to learn and adapt from Guro Bryan’s vast experience to become a better martial artist.”

Marvin Gapultos – Food Critic and Author

“[Guro Bryan] …has many wonderful qualities, but in my opinion, the best one is the positive, encouraging and respectful atmosphere that is created here. It fosters the perfect environment for learning and growth so that all students can meet their full potential. Guro Bryan does an excellent job of encouraging this learning environment by promoting patience, encouragement and persistence in an enthusiastic manner.”

Janette Vargas – Education Professional and Master’s Degree Candidate.

“I particularly like that…[Guro Bryan]…not only teaches the physical aspects of marital arts but also the historical background that allows students to fully appreciate the arts. Guro Bryan welcomes questions and incorporates explanations and background of the arts into each of his classes.”

Jose Perez – Account Executive for Printing Compnay