With over 20 years of experience in private security work and close protection, Fred Mastro has become a defense specialist that has helped him develop and adapt techniques for the everyday-citizen. He has trained armed forces and special units across the world in knife techniques and improvised weaponry as well as empty hand combat.
The Mastro Defence System was created by Fred Mastro and is a world renowned martial arts system that has also been used in such films as "Taken" with Liam Neeson. For the first time in the USA the Mastro Defence System is now represented by Head USA Instructor Sebastien Vandenberghe and Maryland State Representative Brian Stanley.
World Head Instructor & USA Head Instructor
John Manalang/Joshua Jover
San Francisco Level 1 Instructors/Representatives
MDS Maryland Representative
Fred Mastro MDS Founder
Fred Mastro is the founder of Mastro Defence System (MDS) and LADYFENSE. He has been training in Kali and Penchak Silat for over 20 years for which he holds a 7th degree ranking. With extensive training in grappling, Fred also holds a 2nd degree brown belt in Braziilan Jiu-Jitsu under Master Flavio Behring.
He has done extensive work in the film industry as a stunt coordinator as well as fight choreographer in projects such as:
Taken, Six Bullets, Hostages, La French, Les Visiteurs 3, Un Petit Boulot, Diamands 13, A Bras Ouverts and many Europeans TV shows. He was Jean-Claude Van Damme's body guard and had choreographed many of his fight scenes.
Sebastien Vandenberghe World Head Instructor & USA Head Instructor
Seb's Martial Arts journey started in Uechy Ryu Karate where he holds the ranking of 2nd degree Black Belt, he has also studied Tae Kwon Do and Wing Chung. Having to face real life hostile encounters in the subways of Paris at night as an officer of the railway authorities and as a doorman in clubs in Paris, he started his search for a no nonsense style that would be effective on the field.
His encounter with Fred Mastro was a turning point in his life. Seb is the co-founder of MDS and is with Fred the world's leading MDS instructor, he is also the head instructor in the U.S.
Seb has added to his training, Traditional Boxing, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He teaches MDS to law enforcement agencies and specials forces all over the world. Seb has been involved in the film industry and has showcased MDS on many projects for over a decade, he was instrumental in the training of Liam Neeson in the 1st installment of the Taken trilogy and has worked with Jason Statham, Jean Claude Vandamme, Jean Reno, Sharon Stone, Vincent Cassel, Tomer Sysley and many more. He is still leaving his signature style on many films projects to this day.
John Manalang/Joshua Jover San Francisco Level 1 Instructors/Representatives
Instructor John Paul (J.P.) ManalangJ.P. is a US Air Force Veteran. He's been deployed overseas to Iraq during OIF and OEF. His Martial Arts journey began in Tae Kwon Do at an early age and later moved towards the art of Muay Thai which he practices to this day. Along his journey he was also exposed to boxing, Jeet Kune Do, Jiu Jitsu, and other various disciplines. He is also a Filipino Martial Arts practioner (specifically in Escrima and Kali) and is a Guro Level 2 under Tuhon Brandon of Mandal Mandarigma. Recently he has earned the rank of Mastro Defence System Level 1 Instructor in February of 2017.
Instructor Joshua JoverJoshua is a US Army Veteran who has served in the 82nd Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas. His Martial Arts journey began with Shotokan and Shorin Ryu Karate, which he did for many years. He has trained briefly in US Army Combatives. He is a long time practitioner of Filipino Martial Arts and having earned the rank of Guro Level 2 under Tuhon Brandon Jordan of Mandala Mandirigma. He has brief training in these following systems: Derobio Escrima, Kali, Silat, SEAMOK, Boxing, Kickboxing. He earned the rank of Mastro Defence System Level 1 Instructor in February of 2017.
Brian Stanley MDS Maryland Representative
Maryland State Representative for The Mastro Defence System
Maryland State Director for United States Muay Thai Association
Kru - Instructor (Muay Thai) under the USMTA
East Coast Regional Director for Kru Training Systems
Kru - Instructor (Muay Thai) under Kru training systems
Maryland State Director for the Warrior Arts Alliance and Instructor of Filipino dirty boxing
2017 World Tour Schedule
New locations added weekly.
LA Small Private Group Classes Sebastien Vandenberghe - Head USA Instructor
Venue: Los Angeles, CA
MDS L.A. is taking sign ups for small private groups up to 8 students.
We are looking forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces and making new friends!
You can sign up at: Mastrodefencesystemla@gmail.com
MDS Seminar Belgium Fred Mastro - MDS Founder
MDS Seminar France Fred Mastro - MDS Founder
Venue: Paris, France
MDS Seminar Canada Fred Mastro - MDS Founder
Venue: YMCA du Québec/Guy Favreau
200 Blvd René-Lévesque Ouest Montreal
Sign up online @ http://speedygym.ecwid.com
Come train with Fred Mastro in the Mastro Defence System and purchase Bastinelli blades from Bastien himself at this one day event. Saturday May 13th from 1pm to 5pm! Reserve your spot today and go to mdsmaryland.com.
05/27/2017 - 05/28/2017
MDS Seminar Greece Fred Mastro - MDS Founder
Venue: Athens, Greece
Marcaida Kali Hellas