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Our Instructors

Hanshi Roberto Serrano, Jr.

8th Degree Black Belt - Pankration & Karate

President & Senior Master Instructor

World Champion

Multiple Hall of Fame Inductee


In addition to his great personal achievements, Master Serrano's most cherished accomplishments are the lives he has positively influenced through his Black Belt Leader Training Programs. His teaching expertise, motivational skill, and success philosophies have resulted in numerous World Class Black Belt Leaders that have demonstrated their leadership capabilities both in and outside of martial arts. His tradition of developing not only superior martial artists, but more importantly superior leaders continues today.


Martial Art Styles & Systems involved:

American Karate

Greek Pankration

Philippine Escrima

Japanese Jiu-Jitsu

Modern Tae-Kwon-Do

Okinawan Kobudo

American Kickboxing

American Boxing

Police Defensive Tactics

Certified Firearms Instructor

Certified Tactical Master Instructor, CDT Non-deadly Force Training System

Certified Police Officer for 10 years

Defensive Tactics Instructor

Internationally Certified Pankration Referee by the Hellenic Federation of Pankration Athlima

Boards & Associations:


Member, World Escrima, Kali, Arnis Federation (WEKAF)

Member, Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA)

Member, Martial Arts Teacher's Association (MATA)

Member, National Association of Professional Martial Artists (NAPMA)

Member, American Karate Association (AKA)

Member, World Black Belt Organization (WBB)


President & Board Member, Greendale Chamber of Commerce

Board Member, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM)

Board Member - Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (HCCW)

Charter Member, Rotary Amigos De Milwaukee

Board Member , World Pankration Athlima Committee as part of FILA

Pan-American Director for FILA/World Pankration Athlima Committee (WPAC)

Vice-President & National Director, United States Federation of Pankration Athlima

Board Member & Officer, Wisconsin Professional Karate Association (WPKA)

President, Greendale Chamber of Commerce for 5 Years

Director, International Martial Arts League (IMAL) - Pankration

Awards & Accomplishments:

Most Recent First:

March, 2010 Hanshi Roberto Serrano attended the 2010 Pankration World Championships as a member of the FILA World Pankration Committee. Attending with him was MAA Instructor, Mrs. Pat Wilke as a World Champion Referee, MAA Black Belts, Ms. Amy Wilke & Ms. Tricia Hassel as US Team competitors in Fighting & Polydamas/Palaismata (Self Defense) for which they brought home 2 Silver Medals.

September, 2009 Hanshi Roberto Serrano competed as a member of the US Pankration Team at the 2009 FILA Pankration World Championships held in Siauliai, Lithuania and personally earned a Gold Medal & Bronze Medal. The US Pankration Team earned an unprecedented 9 Gold Medals, 13 Silver Medals and 6 Bronze Medals resulting in Team USA received the overall Team Gold

June, 2009 Hanshi Roberto Serrano, Jr. was inducted into the LAMAS (Latin American Martial Arts Society Hall of Fame as a Silver Award Living Legend in Guayama, Puerto Rico

May, 2009 Hanshi Roberto Serrano was promoted by FILA to the position of Head of the Pan-American Pankration Committee, FILA

February, 2009 Hanshi Serrano's MARTIAL ARTS AMERICA awarded Business of the Year by the Greendale Chamber of Commerce for their dedication to excellence and community service.

May, 2008 Master Serrano was honored with the CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF DISTINCTION which was presented in recognition of OUTSTANDING MERITORIOUS SERVICE and named Businessman of the Year.

May, 2008 Appointed to the 5-person Board of the World Pankration Athlima Committee / FILA

April, 2008 Inducted into USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame & honored as the Grandmaster Of The Year.

April 12-13, 2008 - Head Coach for TEAM USA at the World Cup Pankration & Martial Arts Championships held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. US Pankration Team won the Gold Medal. In addition, 19 Martial Arts America-Greendale members of Team USA also won a total of 9 - Gold Medals, 14 - Silvers, 9 - Bronzes and 4 - Fourth Places.

November 17-18, 2007 - Selected as the Head Coach of Team USA at the Open World Martial Arts & Pankration Championships held in Mirandela, Portugal which included 13 members of Martial Arts America - Greendale earned a total of 23 Gold Medals, 12 Silver Medals and 3 Bronze Medals (more than half the medals earned by the entire Team USA). The event was attended by 10 countries.

September 7-9, 2007 - Selected as the Head Coach of the US Pankration Team which won 2 Gold Medals, 5 Silvers and 1 Bronze at the 2007 FILA Pankration World Championships in Antalya, Turkey.

On January 20, 2007, Master Serrano's Martial Arts America was awarded the very distinguished Business of the Year by the HCCW of WI at the Midwest Express Center in Milwaukee, WI.

On August 26 & 27, 2006, Master Serrano won the SILVER MEDAL as the Men's Heavyweight Fighter for the US Pankration Team at the 2006 Pankration World Championships held in Thessaloniki, Greece. Master Serrano, the Head Coach of the US Team, led the team, which included 9 other Martial Arts America Black Belts, to an unprecedented 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze Medals at the World Championships.

July 2-9, 2006, Master Serrano won a Gold Medal / World Championship at the 2006 WEKAF Escrima World Championships held in Orlando Florida. In addition, Master Serrano had 16 other students compete as members of the US Escrima Team and they brought home an additional 8 Gold Medals, 6 Silver Medals and 3 Bronze Medals for the US Escrima Team!

On April 16 & 17, 2005, Master Serrano was inducted into the HKA Hall of Fame at the Lambeau Field Tournament of Champions.

On September 25, 2004, Master Serrano was inducted into the Legion of Honor Hall of Fame Society. Other past inductees include legends such as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Fumio Demura, Jeff Smith, Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, Jhoon Rhee, Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, Ed Parker.

On September 7, 2003, Master Serrano took the SILVER MEDAL in the MEN's -100 Kilo Fighting Division at the Pankration World Championships held in Florina, Greece and was the UNITED STATES TEAM CHIEF COACH & HEAD OF US DELEGATION.

On January 18, 2003, Master Serrano was inducted into the ACTION MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME at the Annual Awards Banquet held in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

On November 9, 2002, Master Serrano took the GOLD MEDAL in Men's Heavyweight Fighting as a member of Team USA in Perth, Scotland. Mr. Serrano also won a Bronze Medal as a member of the 10-person US Team in the Team FightIng Competition. In addition, his students brought home 3 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals, 5 Bronze Medals and a Fourth Place in Scotland as part of the US Team.

Inducted into American Karate Association Hall of Fame in 2002

July 4th, 2002, Master Serrano took the Bronze Medal in Full Contact Stick Fighting at the WEKAF Escrima World Championships held in London, England

In November 2001, at the 2001 Pan-American Marital Arts & Pankration Games, Master Serrano brought home for the US Team a GOLD Medal for the Men's Heavyweight Pankration Fighting Division, 2nd Place in Heavyweight Karate Fighting, a 3rd Place in Men's Black Belt Forms and a 4th Place in Black Belt Weapons.

In addition, his students brought home 9 GOLD Medals, including the Pan-American Team Fighting Championship, 10 SILVER Medals, and 4 BRONZE Medals at the same Pan-American Games representing the United States.

Master Serrano also received Special 2001 Pan-American Recognition for his efforts as a member of the International Referees Committee.

In June 2001, named one of the TOP 200 SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD by Martial Arts Business Magazine!

Three Martial Arts America students inducted into USAFPA Hall of Fame in 2001.

Mr. Serrano Inducted into United States Federation of Pankration Athlima Hall of Fame in 2000

In 2000, Mr. Serrano and his students won 12 Gold Medals, 15 Silver, and 9 Bronze medals in International Competition outside the United States in the year 2000 representing the United States. Including Mr. Serrano's GOLD MEDAL for Heavyweight Sparring at the Pankration World Championships held in Lamia, Greece.

Martial Arts America - Greendale, WI named one of the TOP 200 SCHOOLS IN NORTH AMERICA every year from 1994-2000.

Master Serrano received the 1995 Jefferson Award For Community Service

The 1989 FFKA Midwest Welterweight Kickboxing Champion, undefeated.

The 1988 Wisconsin Welterweight Champion at the Olympic Full Contact Fighting Trials.

Mr. Serrano Appeared in the nationally acclaimed police training movie, "Surviving Edged Weapons."

Member of the 1980 National Champion United States Air Force Academy Karate Team.

Has won numerous championships in Weapons, Forms and Fighting at the State, Regional, National and International levels in Forms, Weapons and Fighting competition.

Performed numerous Martial Arts Demonstrations on Cable TV, at Summerfest Grounds, Wisconsin State Fair, and numerous other festivals, kickboxing shows, and events.

Our Testimonials!

We would like to thank you for a fun and exciting 3 1/2 years. The journey has been challenging and rewarding at the same time. We have endured and overcome physical and mental obstacles with a wonderful result, a young man who has not only accomplished a 1st degree junior black belt but one who has learned life long skills.

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