Lamont Glass is the
founder and head instructor of the training group. He holds Senior Instructor
ratings in Pekiti Tirsia Kali under Tuhon Jared Wihongi and Full Instructor in Kenpo
Karate under Sifu Jim Dean.
has been active as a martial arts instructor for 16 years. He worked
for several school owners and head instructors in Washington and and
Wyoming to learn the craft of martial arts instruction.
2008 he moved to Kennewick and established the Blackbird Training Group
to promote the art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali in the Pacific Northwest. Lamont is a co-founder of the Warrior Tipon-Tipon, a full contact weapon event. He is an active participant in weapon based competitions and has been named as a Candidate Dog Brother (C-Wile E. Dog) by the Dog Brothers Tribe.
Jim Epperly is the newest instructor for the Blackbird Training Group. Jim's martial arts journey started in 1997 under Sifu Mark Holowczak training Hsing-i kung fu. In 1999 Jim and his brother Ben joined the Richland Dojo, learning both Judo and Yamashigi Aiki-Jujutsu. He competed in numerous Judo tournaments, winning a few, placing in a few, and managing to learn something especially in defeat.
Jim holds a black belt in Aiki-Jujutsu and a Brown Belt in Judo. He served as an assistant instructor in teaching both Aiki-Jujutsu and Judo at the Richland Dojo, before changing his focus to learn Pekiti Tirsia Kali. Jim began training in Pekiti Tirsia Kali in 2010 and earned his full instructor (Guro) ranking in 2016.