Sifu Mike, Owner and Director of the Princeton Academy of Martial Arts, began his martial arts journey over 20 years ago. His martial arts lineage can be traced back directly to the legendary Bruce Lee, who passed the art onto Guro Dan Inosanto, Bruce Lee’s protege. Guro Inosanto in turn taught Sifu Rick Tucci, who was Mike’s primary instructor in the Martial Arts. Mike became one of Rick’s top Instructors in Jeet Kune Do and the Filipino Martial Arts as well as receiving instructorship directly under Guro Dan Inosanto. Following the 27 year legacy that Sifu Tucci has paved, Mike eventually became the Head Instructor and Sifu at the Princeton Academy of Martial Arts.

Always seeking to improve his skills and continue his growth as a martial artist, Mike is a practitioner and instructor in a wide variety of martial arts disciplines. His accomplishments include:

  • Senior Instructor - Jun Fan Gung Fu & Filipino Martial Arts / Sifu Rick Tucci
  • Senior Full Instructor (Ajarn) - Muay Thai / Ajarn Surachai Sirisute, founder of the World Thai Boxing Association
  • IIMAIA Instructor - Jun Fan Gung Fu & Filipino Martial Arts / Guro Dan Inosanto
  • Silver Glove/Full Instructor - Boxe Francaise Savate / Professor Nicolas Saignac
  • Masugid - Filipino Martial Arts / Late Punong Guro Edgar Sulite, Lameco Eskrima International
  • Level 2 Instructor - Seni Gayong Silat / Cikgu Sulaiman Sharif
  • ASP Instructor Certification (AIC) - Tactical Baton, Restraints, Performance Flashlight / Armament Systems And Procedures (ASP)
  • SABRE Personal Safety Instruction - Pepper Spray / SABRE Corp
  • Certified Pistol Instructor - National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • Concealed Carry And Home Defense Fundamentals Instructor - US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA)
  • Range Safety Officer (RSO) - National Rifle Association (NRA)


Extensive training under other notable instructors including:

  • Mande Muda Silat under the late Pendekar Herman Suwanda
  • Penjak Silat Bukti Negara under the late Pendekar Paul De Thouars
  • Capoeira under Mestre Caxias, Mestre Zumbi (Grupo Capoeira Brasil)