Master Drew Serrano

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Director of Breaking Division

Master Drew Serrano started his Martial Arts career in 1977, studying Judo at the Waterbury YMCA. He studied Judo for just over a year before the program was discontinued. Being a big fan of the old Kung Fu movies that ran on Saturday afternoons, Master Serrano's interest in the Martial Arts continued to grow. He worked out with other kids from his neighborhood who trained at other studios. In 1980, Mr. Serrano joined "Mi Sun's School of Martial Arts", a Tang Soo Do /Moo Duk Kwan studio, under the instruction of Robert Dunlap. Master Dunlap was known for his fast kicks and sparring ability, and Master Serrano credits much of his kicking ability and forms knowledge to his early years in Tang Soo Do under Master Dunlap. Master Serrano was an avid competitor at local tournaments and placed well in forms and fighting divisions; he trained at Mi Sun's until 1985, achieving the rank of Apprentice Black Belt, when the school closed.

 

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Master Serrano ready for a
2" closet pole across the stomach.
Las Vegas, 2000

Master Serrano first met Grand Master Rossi in Early 1982. Mr. Rossi would teach Self-Defense at his affiliate schools, such as Mi Sun's, once a week. Mr. Rossi was often accompanied by Master Michael Byrnes, who would later promote Master Serrano as his first Black Belt. After Mi Sun's closed, Mr. Rossi invited all of the Mi Sun's students to attend his studio in the "Brooklyn" section of Waterbury. Two of the students who took him up on his offer were Master Serrano and Master Gentile of Las Vegas; they were the only two to make it to Black Belt. Mr. Serrano was appointed the Brooklyn studio director in 1993, and later moved the studio to Lakewood Rd and Freight St. in Waterbury. Mr. Serrano joined Bergamo's Martial Arts in 1998, and has since formed a strong bond with Master Bergamo and all of the Bergamo Black Belts.

 

Years of training: 25 yrs

Certifications

  • 5th degree Master in The Rossi Kun Tao System (Self-Defense related Martial Art);
  • 7th degree Master under the Kar-Do-Jitsu-Ryu Karate Federation;
  • 4th degree Black Belt under The United States Martial Arts Association

Affiliations

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Master Serrano demonstrating a
striking move on Vincent Milo at the
annual AFKTF Fighting Arts Seminar
  • Founding member, secretary, and treasurer of the American-Filipino Kun Tao Federation;
  • Owner of East Coast Training Systems, CT;
  • Co-Director for Kar-Do-Jitsu-Ryu Karate Federation, New England Chapter;
  • Leading member of World Champion Team Bergamo Technical Advisor/Fight
  • Choreographer for Team Bergamo;
  • Co-founder of the United States Breaking Association;
  • Lifetime Member and Certified Senior Instructor under the United States Martial Arts Association.

Other Martial Arts Experience

  • Fight choreography
  • Tang Soo Do
  • Judo
  • Grappling
  • Kick Boxing
  • Cardio-Kickboxing
  • Stick Fighting
  • Sword

Personal Accomplishments

  • 2004- 2nd place Black Belt Heavyweight Power Breaking (concrete)- US Open, FL; 3rd place Black Belt Heavyweight Power Breaking (concrete)- CT State Power Breaking Championships, Southbury, CT; 4th place Concrete Power Breaking, Heavyweight- ISKA North American Breaking Championships, Mohegan Sun Resort Casino, CT; 6th place Black Belt Creative Breaking- ISKA North American Breaking Championships, Mohegan Sun Resort Casino, CT; International Breaking Director for the Arnold Martial Arts World Games and The World United Martial Arts Alliance- Arnold Martial Arts World Games IV, Columbus, OH.
  • 2003

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    Master Serrano on the set of the film
    ' The Agent' in NY
    • 2nd place Black Belt Heavyweight Power Breaking (concrete)- US Open, FL;
    • 2nd place Black Belt Heavyweight Power Breaking (wood, hands)- US Open, FL
    • 3rd place Black Belt Heavyweight Power Breaking (wood, feet)- US Open, FL
    • 6th place Black Belt Creative Breaking- US Open, FL
    • 2nd place Black Belt Power Breaking- CT State Power Breaking Championships, CT
    • Grand Champion Black Belt Heavyweight Power Breaking- Martial Arts World Games III, Columbus, OH
    • 1st place Black Belt Creative Breaking- Martial Arts World Games III, Columbus, OH
    • 3rd place Black Belt Self-Defense- Martial Arts World Games III, Columbus, OH
  • 2002
    • 4th place Black Belt Power Breaking- Joe Weider Martial Arts & Fitness Extravaganza, (Invitation only) Las Vegas, NV
  • 2001
    • 5th place Black Belt Creative Power Breaking- Compete Nationals 2001, CA
  • 2000

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    Master Serrano training with
    UFC Fighter Frank Mir in Las Vegas
    • 4th place Black Belt Self-Defense- U.S. Open, FL
    • "World Champion"- Creative Power Breaking- USA International Championships, Las Vegas, NV
    • 3rd place Black Belt Self-Defense- USA International Championships, LV, NV
    • 1st place Black Belt Creative Power Breaking- Compete Nationals 2000, CA
    • 2nd place Black Belt Self-Defense- Compete Nationals 2000, CA
    • 1st place Black Belt Self-Defense- Empire State Nationals, NY
    • 2nd place Black Belt Creative Power Breaking- Empire State Nationals, NY
  • 1999
    • 2nd place Black Belt Self-Defense- Cactus Classic, AZ
    • 3rd place Black Belt Self-Defense- USA World Championships, Las Vegas, NV