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Testimonial 12
10/25/2012 11:00:17 PM

I was quietly training at my brother's martial arts club here in Winnipeg, some years ago when someone walked in together with a friend asking about our style of martial arts. After a short conversation this guy and his friend asked if they could try a class. They did and as they say the rest is history. The guy that walked in stayed not only to learn our style but ended up helping us in all aspects of our Filipino martial arts training. The name of the guy that walked in, is Datu Darren.
Darren and I ended up training together, but for some reason his progression in Filipino martial arts skyrocketed and mine not so much. He trained with other matrial arts to try and cover all the bases, from standup to the ground and even weaponry. But as he will tell you himself, he really fell in love with FMA. Datu Darren is tireless in his search of ways to even improve his already impressive repertoire of FMA.
Training with Datu Darren will improve your current style or if you are searching for a practical no BS method of self defense. I highly recommend to anybody to learn from Datu Darren. Although i was already in martial arts before i met Datu Darren, the practical self-defense that he shared is something new to me. If there is anybody out there searching for a martials arts to learn,or wanting real life skill, environmental awareness, straight-to-the-point self-defense, look no further, Datu Darren is the one you are looking for.

S. Carlo S. Alambra
teacher, student, training-partner
2-time World Sikaran Champion

Testimonial 11
10/12/2012 12:59:20 AM
As a long time student/training partner of Datu Darren Friesen:
I have consistently relied on the invaluable experience and knowledge of Darren to help me
grow my martial arts skills.
Darren was willing and able to assess/listen to our needs and provide us with excellent
classes that challenged us both mentally and physically.  Impressive considering that he
was working with many individuals with various levels of martial arts experience.  Darren
has constantly evolved his own training and understanding, and passes this experience on
to his students without any hesitation.  I highly recommend/practically insist that anyone
looking for self-defense/martial arts training to train with Datu Darren Friesen!

James Lund
Isshin-ryu Karate instructor
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Testimonial 10
10/12/2012 12:57:12 AM
Darren Friesen has been a good friend of mine and one of my instructors for approximately
20 years. During this time I have observed him progress through the traditionally popular
martial arts into the disciplines he has now embraced and excelled at.

While Darren explored disciplines I continued to train in the traditional ones. It wasn't
until the late 1990's I decided to explore outside of my element, which is when I began
training with Darren. I found instantly that I had been missing a much larger world of
martial arts.

Darren proved to be very well equipped to instruct a group while continuing to evolve in
his own training.

There is most often a time in training where the student is able to best the instructor,
often to the instructors delight. Darren's skill, to my frustration, did not let me
achieve this.

I found that Darren's skill along with his enthusiasm for training allowed me to garner
many skill sets from him. These skills haven proven valuable to me in my chosen profession
of law enforcement.

I have much respect for Darren and his abilities.


Mike Carr
RCMP Officer & Border Patrol Agent
Manitoba, Canada

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