Maestro Rich Acosta is the Chief Instructor of Kuntaw Kali Kruzada. He has over 25 years experience in the martial arts including Kali Arnis/Eskrima, Kuntaw, Jujutsu, Karate and Aikido under the founder Professor Rico Acosta. He has also received private training in the Philippines under some of the foremost experts of the Filipino martial arts such as Nuno Mataw Guro ESGM Vicente Sanchez (Kali Arnis International Federation), Grandmaster Samuel Bambit Dulay (IMAFP Modern Arnis) and Grandmaster Jose G. Mena (Doblete Rapelon Arnis). He has also trained under Pantas Mataw Guro Louelle Lledo (Amara Arkanis FMA Education) in the U.S.
Maestro Rich Acosta has been teaching the Filipino Martial Arts in New York City since 1996. He was inducted into the UFoMA Hall of Fame in 2010, and has been appointed the Director of New York for Sword Stick Society International ; a Filipino and Chinese martial arts association. He also serves as an official Advisor for the United Fellowship of Martial Artists (UFoMA) and Kapatiran Mandirigma; a brotherhood of Filipino and Indonesian martial artists.
Maestro Rich Acosta produced a video series on the Kuntaw Kali Kruzada system, and he is currently writing a book on the Filipino Martial Arts. He is also actively teaching group classes, Instructor training programs and seminars to help promote the Filipino Martial Arts Internationally.
Current rank: Senior Master - 8th Degree Black Belt
• 10th Degree Black Belt / Grandmaster in Kali Arnis International Federation - under Nuno Mataw Guro ESGM Vicente Sanchez • 7th Degree Black Belt / Mantas Guro in Amara Arkanis Filipino Martial Arts Education - under Pantas Mataw Guro Lou Lledo • 6th Degree Black Belt / Master Instructor in Lightning Scientific Arnis- under Professor Rico Acosta • 4th Degree Black Belt / Yondan in Kenshinji Ryu Jujutsu- under Professor Rico Acosta • 2nd Degree Black Belt / Guro in Modern Arnis - under Grandmaster Bambit Dulay • 2nd Degree Black Belt / Guro in Doblete Rapelon Arnis- under Grandmaster Jose G. Mena