Grand Master Andrew Torok – Blending Kajukenbo & Kajukenpo
Grand Master Torok (9th degree black belt) had established the Karate Institute in DeKalb in 1973 after operating a number of schools in Cleveland, Ohio. He had also studied a variety of martial arts systems in Ohio and in Vermont. Torok began his training in Judo and Tae Kwon Do under Eng Soo Hong, over 30 years ago. He also studied Shaolin Kung Fu under Art Sikes, and Savate (French kickboxing) under Frank Kovacs. Grandmaster Torok has studied Tai Chi, shotokan karate, and Thai Kick Boxing.
In 1969 he met and trained under Al Gene Caurulia, one of Emperado’s first black belts. Master Caurulia, after earning a black belt with Emperado, went on to form the Kajukenpo martial arts system from which many of the Empower Martial Arts and Hastings Self Defense Academy programs training drills and kata are taken.
Sigung Tim Rochford – Empower Martial Arts
Sigung Tim Rochford holds an AS degree in Fitness Leadership, a BS degree in Sport Management – Fitness & Wellness, and is a certified personal trainer through ACE, NASM, Cooper Institute, and formerly through NSCA and AFAA. He has been in the fitness industry since 1984.
Tim has been training in martial arts since 1978 and currently holds a 7th degree Black Belt in Kajukenbo/Kajukenpo Karate. He competed as an amateur kickboxer in the 1980’s & 90’s and still competes in forms and fighting in Sport Karate tournaments. Tim has owned and operated martial arts schools and fitness centers since 1982. He is the founder of Empower Training Systems (a self defense/ kickboxing fitness instructor training company), has authored numerous instructor training programs and manuals, including (co‐author) the ACE Kickboxing Fitness Specialty Training manual, (author) Martial Fitness Kickboxing Instructor Training, FitStrike Kickboxing/MMA Fitness Instructor Training and the Proactive Personal Security Self Defense Instructor Training Program. He is an ACE and ISSA continuing education specialist. He teaches his self-defense and kickboxing fitness training programs nationally and internationally.
Tim is the designer and patent owner of the P2 Force, the most versatile piece of resistance training (body weight and elastic resistance) equipment on the market.