Blackbird Training Group

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Lamont Glass

Lamont Glass is the founder and head instructor of the training group.  He holds Senior Instructor (Mandala) ratings in Pekiti Tirsia Kali under Tuhon Jared Wihongi and Full Instructor in Kenpo Karate under Sifu Jim Dean.  He is a Level 1 Mentor in the Cateran Society.

Lamont has been active as a martial arts instructor for 18 years.  In 2008 he moved to Kennewick and established the Blackbird Training Group to promote the art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali in the Pacific Northwest.  

In 2017 Lamont helped co-found the Black Feather Broadsword Academy to popularize the rediscovery and recreation of the historical fighting arts of Europe.  


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.  Lamont is the co-founder of the Warrior Tipon-Tipon an annual weapon oriented fighting event.       

Jim Epperley

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.  He was awarded his Level I Mentor through the Cateran Society in 2018.