Instructors

Eric Primm

Z and me 02Eric is the club leader of Saint Louis Counterpoint Martial Arts. He began training in Counterpoint Tactical Systems in January 2010 under Evan Ringle. Eric has attended seminars and private lessons with Master Whitson and trains with Springfield FMA whenever possible. His current ranks are first degree Black Belt in CTS (promoted by Master Whitson at Iron Mountain camp in October 2015) and Brown Belt in Cacoy Doce Pares (promoted by Master Whitson at Springfield in November of 2012).

Ryan Zimmerman

Ryan_Z_BioRyan was promoted to red belt in Counterpoint Tactical System by Master Zach Whitson in May of 2014 and promoted to green belt in Cacoy Doce Pares by Master Whitson in September of 2014. Ryan began training under Mike Miller of Springfield FMA and still trains with him whenever possible.

 

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Saint Louis Counterpoint’s Lineage

The following instructors have been instrumental in Saint Louis Counterpoint martial arts club development.

Zach Whitson

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Zach Whitson created Counterpoint Tactical Systems and heads Counterpoint Tactical International.

From Counterpoint Tactical International’s Website:

“Currently Zach Whitson holds a 7th Degree Black Belt (Senior Professor rank) in Ed Parker’s American Kenpo under Richard Planas. Tuhon William McGrath tested and promoted Zach to Mataas Na Guro (Master Instructor) in the system of Pekiti Tirsia Kali in 2004.”

Zach was promoted to Grandmaster in Cacoy Doce Pares by Supreme Grandmaster Ciriaco “Cacoy” Cañete in January 2014.

Evan Ringle

Evan and MeEvan started Saint Louis Counterpoint back in January of 2010; Evan has studied under Zach Whitson and Josh Ryer. He is currently a first degree black belt  in Counterpoint Tactical Systems and a second degree Black belt in Cacoy Doce Pares. Evan has been training in the martial arts since 2003.

Mike Miller

Springfield FMA FounderMike is the founder of Springfield FMA in Springfield, MO. He started studying Counterpoint Tactical Systems in 2005 with Master Whitson and holds a first degree black belt in CTS. Mike also has a first class brown belt in American Kenpo Karate under Tim Fancher. In his daily life, Mike is a husband, father and physical therapist; one thing you will notice is that you’re usually laughing when Mike is around. Then he hits you.

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