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Glenn "Cito" Brooks

Glenn was born in Manhattan, NYC and raised in Los Angeles, CA.  He holds a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, San Bernardino, and an M.S., in Counseling Psychology (Marriage & Family Therapy) from California Baptist University.  He has worked as a therapist, case manager, child care worker, and social worker for many years in group homes and foster care. Glenn is a military veteran.  He served six years in the U.S. Coast Guard.  


While in his early teens, he began studying Kenpo Karate at the Karate Connection in Los Angeles.  He later trained briefly in Tae Kwon Do in Carson, CA. After high school, he moved to New York City, and began training in Kung Fu Wu Su under Grandmaster Alan Lee in Chinatown.  Glenn also trained for years in the art of Aikido at the world famous 18th Street dojo (martial art school).  His Aikido instructors were Yamada Sensei, and Sugano Sensei, both direct students of the founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba.


After being honorably discharged from the U.S.Coast Guard and returning to California, Glenn was introduced to the Filipino Martial Art of Kali/Eskrima/Arnis.  He trained privately for years with Guro Russell LaFuente, in LucayLucay Kali and Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kune Do.  He also trained privately for years with Guro David Gould, in Lameco Eskrima.  During the same period, he trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, with Pedro Carvalho. Glenn furthered his knowledge by training in Indonesian Silat (Bukti Negara) at the PDT Academies in Hollywood and Arcadia, CA, with Guru Louis Campos, Guru Danny Huybrechts, Guru Tim Anderson, and periodically with the system’s founder, Pendekar Paul DeThouars (school/seminars).  


Glenn has also trained privately in the art of Atillo Balintawak Eskrima, with Supreme Grandmaster Crispulo "Ising" Atillo, and was awarded a "Disciple" plaque in July 2013, at the Inosanto Academy in Marina Del Rey, CA. Various other arts Glenn has trained in include Muay Thai, Shootfighting (Sensei Yuri Nakamura), Krav Maga (gun disarms), to name a few.  He also furthered his grappling knowledge by training privately with Judo and Sambo master, Sensei Gokor Chivichyan, at the Hayastyan MMA Academy in North Hollywood, CA. In August (2018), Glenn completed a year-long Yoga Teacher Training Program at Just Yoga, Corona, CA.


  • Over 35 years in the martial arts

  • Adjunct Professor (Chaffey College/ Dept. of Kinesiology)-Personal Safety & Self-Defense Instructor

  • 24 Hour Fitness- Self-Defense Instructor

  • Bally Total Fitness- Self-Defense Instructor

  • Academy of Striking and Grappling (ASG) Mixed Martial Arts School- Filipino Martial Arts Instructor

  • Riverside Peace Officer Defensive Tactics Academy- Edged Weapon Consultant

  • Taught Black Belt Instructors of various styles/systems

  • Taught Police and Correctional Officers (private training)

  • Taught Group Home staff

  • Taught Los Angeles Probation Dept. youth

  • Taught group home, foster care & At-Risk youth

  • Taught Women, Kids, & Disabled individuals

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