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Arthur R. Huerta, M.Ed.


Trained in Hapkido, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jujitsu, weapons and a variety of other martial art styles.

  • 4th Degree Black Belt - Hapkido
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt - Taekwondo
  • Arrest Control Instructor - POST Certified
  • Defensive Tactics Instructor - PPCT Certified
  • Knife Instructor, Level I - Trece Teros Escrima
  • Ground Grappling Instructor
  • Master of Education Degree.

What Matters Most to Mr. Huerta:

1) Faith in Jesus Christ
2) Wife Susanne and our four children.

Additional training in:

  • Brazilian Jujitsu.
  • Hapkido Cane and other weapons.
  • American Boxing.
  • Various other martial arts styles.


Mr. Huerta owes a profound debt of gratitude to those instructors who have made a difference in his martial arts and personal life. He would like to recognize and recommend the following instructors
(in alphabetical order):

  • Sifu Darrin Coe
  • Master Scott Feagan
  • Master Paul Speck
  • Master Steve Materkowski
  • Master Pedro Rodriguez
  • Sifu Scott Welker

Mr. Huerta has taught numerous women's self defense seminars for university, church and various women's organizations. He has also taught many seminars and clinics for martial arts schools, camps, military and law enforcement, both formally and informally.

Our Chief Instructors, Art Huerta and Scott Welker are truly fortunate to have personally trained some of the best of the best from the US Military Forces. These individuals include members of the US Air Force Pararesuce and Combat Controller teams, US Army Rangers, to US Army Special Forces, US Army Infantrymen, and local Law Enforcement agencies.

Mr. Huerta's Martial arts focus is on fitness and training for a real-life physical confrontation. If a technique is too fancy or requires the training partner to cooperate, it is not taught. This type of physically aggressive training appeals particularly to law enforcement officers, military personnel, martial arts instructors and ordinary citizens. Individuals attracted to this style do not have time to spend 4-5 years before they are able to effectively defend themselves. People who train at CCHA typically:

  1. want to get in shape,
  2. want to learn realistic self defense techniques,
  3. want a friendly and professional environment, and
  4. are not interested in training at a overly strict or ritualistic school.

Art's Martial Arts History & Background

Art Huerta began his training in the "way" in American boxing as a young child. Received a high school letter in wrestling. In 1973 Mr. Huerta was in a near fatal auto accident. Mr. Huerta received numerous fractures, internal injuries and spent two months in the hospital. Formal training in the martial arts began in 1975 while a student at Arizona State University under Grand Master Shigro Koyama, studying Shotokan Karate. While in graduate school at the university of Iowa Mr. Huerta studied under Grand Master Pak in Taekwondo. Master Pak informed Mr. Huerta he would never receive a black belt as he was unable to perform certain spinning kicks due to injuries he received while in high school.

In 1992 Mr. Huerta moved to Northern Arizona and trained in Taekwondo and Hapkido with Master Scott Feagan. As a probation officer in Arizona Mr. Huerta also received additional training in police defensive tactics while at the probation officer's academy and additional DT training under Master Feagan. While in Arizona, Mr. Huerta was also exposed to Modern Arnis, Kajukenbo, American Kempo and Jujitsu.

Art's Personal Testimony:

"I was raised in a Spanish-speaking Evangelical church and came to know Christ as savior when I was 10 years old. When I was 15 years old, my mother died of a kidney ailment. Shortly thereafter, I was in an automobile accident, which almost claimed my life. I then embarked on a ten year campaign against God, the picture that is most descriptive of this time is Forest Gump's, Lt. Dan on the ships mast during the hurricane, daring God to kill him. During this time, I engaged in a very sinful lifestyle. In 1979, I moved to Colorado, because I felt that if I didn't leave my environment I would end up either dead or in the penitentiary. I was married and divorced with in two years. I married my wife Susanne in 1983, two months prior to our marriage I rededicated my life to Christ, two weeks prior she accepted Christ as savior. We have four children: Jacob age 17 ( 2nd degree Black Belt), Sarah age 16, Rebecca age 6 and Abigail age 3."

Academy Instructors

Jake Huerta

- 3rd Degree Black Belt, Hapkido
- 2nd Degree Black Belt, Tae Kwon Do

Teaches Hapkido, Tae Kwon Do, Escrima and Grappling.

Will Lamkin

- Black Belt, Hapkido

Major Martial Arts Practice: Currently: 2 1/2 years at The Combatives and Defensive Tactics Academy. Previous efforts include: (1) Over 1200 hours training in Matsubayashi-Ryu (Shorin-Ryu) Karate-do, (2) Three years in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) practicing Mideaval Heavy Weapons Combat -- highest title held: Palatine Baron of the Far West (required defeating seven authorized and skilled opponents in double elimination tournament).

Supplemental Martial Arts Practice: Trece Teros Escrima, Kuntao Silat, Combat Knife, Combat Cane, Nihon Jiu-Jitsu, watching cheesy martial arts movies.

Memberships: Combat Martial Art Practitioners Association, National Rifle Association (Life Member).

Logistics Engineer; Certified International Configuration Manager; B.S. Systems Management, Colorado Technical University, Summa Cum Laude

Affiliate Instructors

Scott Welker
  - Founder of Trece Teros Escrima,
  - Director of F.A.S.T.

Scott Welker has been practicing a variety of martial arts for over 17 years. He began his martial studies with Okinawan GoJu Ryu Karate and Chinese Kenpo Karate, but his major emphasis is now the Filipino Martial Arts and Jeet Kune Do.

Mr. Welker found his calling within the Filipino martial arts in 1989 when he began a three year relentless study of Derobio Escrima under Maestro Dan Medina. Since 1992, Mr. Welker has been teaching Derobio Escrima around the world.

Mr. Welker augmented his studies in the Filipino Arts under the tutelage of Sifu Mike Brewer of Colorado Springs. Under Sifu Brewer, Scott Welker added to his repertoire a myriad of styles like Panatukan (Filipino Boxing), LAMECO Escrima, Wing Chun and Jun Fun Kickboxing.

Today, Scott Welker teaches a system which he developed based upon the multitude of Filipino styles he has studied over the years. This fast paced and tactical hybrid style, called Trece Teros, combines distinct, combative aspects of Derobio, LAMECO and Pekiti Tersia Escrima and incorporates both American and Filipino boxing methods. Trece Teros also emphasizes both offensive and defensive tactics with bladed weapons.

David Barnett
   - Owner/Instructor, Wolfpack Martial Arts

- 3rd Degree Black Belt
   Tae Kwon Do
- 2nd Degree Black Belt
   Goju Ryu Karate.

Dave decided to take up Combat Hapkido under Mr. Huerta to fill the gaps in his training in his other arts, specifically joint locks and throws. He began training with Mr. Huerta in June 2002 and is enjoying it immensely.

Mr. Barnett moved from Wisconsin to Colorado Springs in 2000 with his lovely wife, Dana, and their three children - Matthew, 7, Manda, 6, and Michael, 5. The Barnetts are Christians, and are expecting their fourth child early next year.

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