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- Published on Saturday, 20 April 2013 20:51
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Sifu Rodriguez has dedicated his life to learning, perfecting and teaching an expansive range of martial arts and classical guitar. Best known for his mastery in Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan and Southern Praying Mantis, Sifu Rodriguez has also earned a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do; 2nd degree black belt in Judo; 2nd degree black belt in Shito Ryu Karate; 1st degree black belt in Hakuryo Ju Jitsu; 3rd degree black belt in Shuai Chiao as well as mastering White Eye Brow and Butterfly Hand.
Sifu Rodriguez background in music started in his childhood at St. Francis de Sales Catholic School in New York City, N.Y., where he was tutored in guitar, harmonica and fundamentals of music. Later in life Sifu Manuel decided to pursue a music degree with an emphasis on classical guitar and voice at Ventura College, CA. It was at this point he had the privilege to study with Burns Taft, Cesar Mateus, Carlos Gonzales and Lee Porter. Because of Sifu Rodriguez’s love of classical guitar, he founded the San Buenaventura’s guitar and string ensemble music school which performs at various churches and venues throughout Ventura County and beyond.
Sifu Rodriguez also coaches acclaimed world champions for international, national, and regional martial arts tournaments. A few of his better known champions include Goodwill game Tae Kwon Do Silver and Bronze medalists, Robert Ross and "Sly" Lawson, as well as Judo champion Tara Peacock for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. You can expect to see more champions to come!
Of course, Sifu Rodriguez also has a long and impressive list of medals and awards won prior to his teaching career. The United States National Chinese Martial Arts Competition, with participants from over 40 countries, provides competitors with their world ranking in every style of Chinese martial arts. In 1991 and 1992, Sifu Rodriguez was ranked #1 in Southern Short Hand; #1 in Stationary Push Hands; #2 in Moving Push Hands; #2 in Sparring; #2 in Sticky Hands (Chi Sao); #3 in paired forms; and, #3 in Open Weapons.