Edgardo "Eddie" Perez


Guazabara's Chief Instructor,  Edgardo Perez,  has more than 30 years of training in Hapkido in both the United States and South Korea, a Full Instructor in Filipino Largo Mano Eskrima as well as being the founder and Chief Instructor of The Defense Training Institute & The World Guazábara Federation. Master Perez began his Hapkido training in 1979 under the Fowler Brothers in Aurora, Illinois. Perez then took his training to South Korea where he trained under Grandmaster Yu Chong Su (Chong Su Kwan Hapkido) who in turn was trained by Grandmaster Choi Yong Sool (Founder of Hapkido). Perez is a law enforcement veteran of more then twenty years who has also been teaching Police Defensive Tactics to local, state and military personal during that time. He is a member of  Illinois Tactical Officers Association and a  charter member of The International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association (ILEETA). He has conducted numerous seminars in the United States and Puerto Rico.  As a veteran with tactical and combat training, and as a police sergeant who has quelled many dangerous situations. Maestro Pérez has reintroduced to the modern era  a realistic weapons system that can adapt to any hostile circumstances.   

Honoring his Taino Warrior bloodline, Maestro Perez, who's family is from the mountains of Camuy & Lares, P.R., is also a  Nitaino-Chief of the Baramaya Tribe, Tequina (teacher) of Taino Tribal Warrior Ways and the Illinois Representative of The United Confederation of Taino People

The reintroduction of this martial art from Boriken and the Caribbean islands to modern society is not only a tribute to the indigenous people of Boriken (Puerto Rico) but of tribal people everywhere. In the ancient Taino language, Guazabara can be interpreted several ways; but it ultimately means war, fighter, protector, hunter or warrior.   The Way of Guazabara has always been and remains a method of self-preservation. May our ancestors find us worthy.  Maestro Perez  

 Jan Jan Catu!

ASKING THE MASTERS, Martial Arts Illustrated-England


Graduate: U.S. Air Force Security Police Academy

Graduate: USAF Air Base Ground Defense ( Camp Bullis, Texas) Small Weapons & M-60 Specialist. 1983

U.S. Air Force. Security Police Emergency Services Team (EST) , Team Member / Small Explosives Specialist (Certified by Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) 1984-1986.

Graduate: USAF Volant Scorpion Survival School. 1985

Graduate: USAF Silver Flag Alpha, Desert Warfare Training Center . 1986


Graduate: Illinois State Police Academy-Municipal Law Enforcement Division

Former member of The FBI Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF)

Former member of The Illinois State Police North Central Narcotics Task Force. (NCNTF)

Graduate of the Drug Enforcement Agency  (DEA) Narcotic Officer Survival School (NOSS)

Specialist in Survival Defensive Tactics for Police

Specialist in Officer Survival Knife Fighting for Police.

Certified Close Quarter Battle Instructor

Certified Police Defensive Tactics Instructor


Grandmaster /Founder (Soke) of the Guazabara System & The World Guazabara Federation.

United States National Director of the International Combatives Self-Defense Association. www.icsda.org

Founder of the Warrior Hapkido Combatives System.

Owner and Chief Instructor of The Defense Training Institute

Founder and Director of The Martial Arts Gang Intervention Club (M.A.G.I.C.)

Senior Master in Hapkido with 28 years experience.

Student of Grand Master Yu Chong Su in Hapkido & KumDo, South Korea.

President of Warrior Way, Inc.

Full Instructor in Filipino Kali-Eskrima, Largo Mano Style.

Member of the 1984 Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Osan AB Martial Arts Team representing Chong Su Kwan Hapkido in the Philippines.

2005 Inducted into the BUDO International  Hall of Fame, Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts.

2005 Inducted into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame , Grandmaster of the Year.

2006 Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame , Police Defensive Tactics Instructor of the Year

2006 Inducted into the Cosmopolitan Florida Martial Arts Hall of Fame , Master of The Year

2007 Inducted into the Action Martial Arts Hall of Fame , Outstanding Dedication To The Martial Arts

2007 Graduate of the Ronin Police Instructors Course, Tampa Florida.

2007 Inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame

2007 Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame  Law Enforcement's  Man of The Year

2007 Cosmopolitan Florida Martial Arts Hall of Fame , Founder of The Year-Guazabara.

2007 League of United Latin America n Citizens (LULAC) Founders Award


The United States Martial Arts Association


Ronin Brotherhood


Ronin Police Defensive Tactics Association-Midwest Representative


International Police Association


Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame-Illinois State Representative


International Combatives Self-Defensive Association-Advisory Board


Dog Brothers Inc., Martial Arts-Associate Member

The World Hapkido Association

American Teachers Association of the Martial Arts

The Korean Martial Arts Instructors Association

The Fraternal Order of Police.


Narcotic Law Enforcement Officers Association

The Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association

The University of Illinois Police Training Institute Alumni Association.

Mid-West Gang Investigators Association.

Illinois Tactical Officers Association.

Charter: International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA)


Illinois Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce


United Confederation of Taino People-Illinois State Representative


The National Rifle Association


Northwestern Illinois Staff and Command Alumni

Carlson Gracie, Jr. & Eddie Perez

To train in Guazabara contact Maestro Perez directly by e-mail or by phone.


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