Biography – Master Angel De Jesus
Master DeJesus currently holds 5th Dan (recived in 1996) rankings with the WTF, Kukkiwon (World Tae Kwon Do headquarters in Korea), and with TIA (Tae Kwon Do Institutes of America). With deep roots in traditional Martial Arts, Master DeJesus has, for over sixteen years, carefully implemented new ideas and technologies into his highly successful school in Midland, Michigan (www.angelskarate.com).
Over the years, Master DeJesus has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. to attend numerous seminars conducted by EasyPay, NAPMA, MAIA, as well as seminars offered by Jose Santamaria and Andrew Wood. By working closely with EasyPay, he learned the techniques used for site analysis, lease negotiations, and how to design floor plans within Martial Arts facilities. His extensive training, coupled with his own personal experience, allowed him to perfect the business side of the Martial Arts. As a result, there are very few Martial Artists who have studied or understand the business side of Martial Arts more thoroughly than Master DeJesus.
As a long-time student of Grandmaster B.C. YU, he continues the tradition of working together and learning from one another. Nothing demonstrates this more than his decision to include Modern Arnis and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu into his Martial Arts curriculum.
Several years ago Grandmaster Yu introduced Master DeJesus to Grandmaster Remy Amador Presas (Professor), the father of Modern Arnis, who passed away recently after a life-long commitment to the Martial Arts. It was Master DeJesus’ tireless energy and deep respect for others which led, in part, to Professor’s wish that Master Chuck Gauss, one of Professor’s six Master students, personally instruct Master DeJesus and a select number of his students in this wonderful art. “Working with Master Chuck has been a wonderful blessing, and the benefits of mixing Arnis with the foundation I have in Tae Kwon Do has yielded tremendous results for my students.”, says Master DeJesus.
Master DeJesus adds that, “Introducing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to our students further strengthened our overall curriculum and provided a lasting relationship with some of the best Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the world, the Machado Brothers. Their motto, ‘Leave your ego at the door.’ is something I respect and can identify with. A number of my senior students have had the privilege of training with John Machado and have benefited greatly because of it.”
Master DeJesus brings to the Martial Arts community a level of exuberance and excitement that has been recognized by his peers, and greatly appreciated by his students. In addition to his life-long involvement in the Martial Arts, he is also a retired Process Control Analyst for Dow Corning Corporation. He holds a Masters in Theology from FGCC Bible college and Theological Seminary, and is the founder and Pastor of the Church of Midland (www.churchofmidland.com).
“The room lights up when Master Angel walks in, and whenever he teaches our students get excited without even realizing it. Whatever I may have in Martial Arts ability can’t compare to Master Angel’s ability to capture and hold the attention of the class. It’s one more area where I hope to improve in.”
Leon Wilson — Leon holds a 2nd Dan ranking in Tae Kwon Do at Angel’s Karate.
“I like the fact that I can ask Master Angel questions. He recognizes that my having a limited Martial Arts knowledge does not make me valueless or uninformed. I always get the sense that he respects me, and in turn I have the utmost respect for him. He also has a great sense of humor!”
Roger Koon — Roger is one of Master Angel’s students at his school in Midland, Michigan.