Guru Saeed Badiei
Hi my name is Saeed Badiei, I was born in Tehran, Iran in 1965. I am from a family of 11 consisting of my parents and 9 siblings, and being the last child, I was heavily influenced by my brothers. From a young age they taught me how to wrestle, box, and play soccer. When I was 14 my 4th oldest brother encouraged me to take up martial arts, then known as Kung Fu To,a, a system developed by a man named Master Ebrahim Mirzai, who was a Persian army official that studied in China and when he came back he managed to spread his art throughout the country rapidly.
I started my martial arts journey under one of his disciples, Master Farzin Raji. That was my base system, and I continued for 3 years before the system was banned by the regime due to the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
Shortly after I had no choice but to choose a system that was approved by the regime, so I started Kyokushin Karate under Master Hossain Shirzad, and continued until I decided to leave my country for good. In 1985, I went to Germany and continued my training in Kyokushin Karate under Master Ingo Freier in Berlin.
Due to a severe injury to my right shoulder, I had to stop my training for several weeks. After my recovery, I met Master Felix Preotama, who became my Taekwondo instructor. In 1990, I received my first black belt in Taekwondo, I also competed in T.K.D tournaments 4 years in a row.
In 1991, after West and East Germany reunited, I moved to Los Angeles, CA, in the United States, where I met Master Fariborz Azhakh, who became my Hapkido coach. For the next 10 years, I studied the art of Hapkido and received my 5th degree black belt.
In addition to studying the art of Hapkido, I was introduced to Sifu Ron Balicki, this was my first Kali influence. From that point on my research, study, and training focused entirely towards Filipino martial arts. In 2012, I joined Guru Dan Inosanto academy, with his guidance I was able to study Kali, Silat, Muay Thai, Jun Fan Kung Fu, and also with the guidance of Sensei Yori Nakamura, under the same roof, studied the art of Shooto as well.
Now with the help of my dear friend, Professor Robert Hodgkin, I have the opportunity to continue to research, study, train, and teach at his Lehi, UT Dojo, which I recommend to people of all ages.