"As you advance in your Musha-Shugyo
(Warrior Pilgrimage), allow yourself to transcend the
concepts and principles of warrior training, instead focus
on the warrior journey and the lessons embodied in that
journey." -- Kuma
This is a quote from my Bear Bushido Training Manual. I
am often asked via email and in person for details about
my warrior training and martial arts background. I have
been asked such questions as;
Let me begin by formally introducing myself. My given name
is Trent Warner, but many of my friends and associates call
me kuma, which is actually a nickname.
Kuma is Japanese for
Bear. This nickname was given to me by a very
good friend of mine, Michael J. Ceballos. I was exploring
and studying various forms of warrior training with him at
I once asked Kaicho Ceballos why he chose this nickname
for me. His response? My physical presence, gentle
demeanor in rest, aggressive power in attack and my
fascination with the bear.
Throughout my life I've had several variations of the word
bear as a nickname. Ever since I was a very young
boy, I have had a fascination and admiration of bears.
Some may say the Bear is my animal warrior spirit. It is
actually a very good way to understand my personality and
I began to use the internet back in the mid to late
1990's. I often used 'kumason", "kuma-san" and sometimes
'kuma' as my profile nickname on many forums, bulletin
boards and such. In later years I switched and began
using 'bear warrior' as my profile name.
It was much easier than always explaining what kuma
meant. To this day, I often use a signature that reads
The Bear Warrior
Trent 'kuma' Warner
I wanted to explain this here to give all an
understanding into the what, why and what-for of my use
of names that include and/or mean "bear".
Since much of the warrior training presented in this
website was honed and forged through hard training,
intense research and trials of combat. The remaining
information presented below is to give you insight into
my Warrior Journey thus far..
The Beginning of My
Warrior Training Journey
My warrior journey began at birth. I was born on a US
Air Force base in Utah. So from the beginning
of life, I have had a sense of honor and discipline. My
passion for the warrior journey really began to blossom
in mid 1970's and along the way I have come in contact
with various warrior
arts and martial fighting styles.
As a young boy I was an avid comic book reader, as were
many young boys of this era, but I also enjoyed camping
in the woods, tracking, hunting, scouting and fishing.
I can remember watching a martial arts demo, when I was
around 7, at a local college with my Dad. I cannot be
absolutely certain of the style, but I was impressed and
wanted to learn how to do that!
But my parents struggled to keep our house hold
together, so there was no money for this sort of extra
activity. Destiny had me covered though. My parents
would, from time to time, take in missionaries giving
them a place to stay between assignments.
One such missionary was also a practitioner of the
martial arts and during his stay he began to train me. I
was hooked for life, my passion for warrior martial arts
training was birthed.
Over the next years of my life I trained with several
different warriors and in many different arts. This was
due, in part, to the fact that we moved around. In order
to pay for my warrior training, I would often do odd
jobs. This not only helped to form my work and training
ethic, it also help to birth my entrepreneurial spirit,
starting me on the path of a business
When I was around 11 or 12, we moved to Broken Arrow,
OK. I developed a friendship with a native american from
a close by community and as a result, I was introduced
to many aspects of their warrior culture and warrior
traditions. It was an experience that would greatly
shape my future warrior journey and passions.
When I was in 9th grade we moved to Naples
Florida. My Grandparents had retired there and had
several rental properties. During the first part of the
80's, Naples was a small, but growing, coastal
The house we lived in had several miles of dense woods
directly behind it. During this time in my life, I was
able to develop and hone many of my warrior survival
skills and embarked on my warrior fitness training
Through out High school and into college, I continued my
pursuit of different self defense concepts, warrior
arts, martial art styles and warrior fitness training.
It was during the 1980's that I gained my passion for martial
arts movies. I loved the saturday afternoon kung
fu theater, watching re-runs of the kung-fu series and
watching martial arts movies at the cinema or on VHS.
In summary, my warrior journey began at birth and
continues on to this day. A few years back I wrote an
article explaining my thoughts on 'What
it is to be a Warrior'. As my Warrior journey
evolves so will the Martial Art Warrior Training Hall.
Thank you for sharing this journey with me!
My Warrior-Street-Combat-Self Defense Concepts
Growing up we often moved around and always being the
new kid in school wasn't easy. It would often lend the
bullies of the school to use you to make a point. So, I
quickly had to learn how to defend myself without
drawing to much undo attention. Thus my street combat
self defense training path began to take shape.
In the late 1980's, I attended Tech School in Tampa,
Florida earning an AS Degree in Computer/Electronic
Engineering of Technology. I currently work as a
certified Service Engineering Technician. This technical
background allows me to effectively evaluate current and
future self defense technologies.
After college I moved back to Naples Florida and spent
several years training with my warrior brother Iron
Tiger. We later meet up again in Orlando, Florida,
together we forge and formed our warrior street
combat self defense concepts and tactics.
This co-creation was birthed from intense warrior street
combat training and through the evaluation of effective
personal self defense tactics. The interactions of these
two warrior brothers laid the foundation for the Warrior
Code of the Tiger and the Bear.
The Warrior Street Combat Self Defense
Society was created in the spirit of these fused
concepts. It's was a warrior society dedicated to the
discussion of Street Combat Self Defense tactics, along
with the concepts and skills needed for a warrior to
survive in today's world.
In 1990's, I experienced and trained in Goshin-Jitsu and
was involved in the personal security industry. I draw
much of my personal security and self defense training
concepts from these experiences, in which I served;
as a security officer
on an executive protection detail
and as Head of Security for a major attraction in
Over the years I have had the opportunity to train several
Women in Self Defense and personal protection. This is a
subject that has been very close to my heart as such I
have spent great amounts of time evaluating, examining and
training with various self
Since many Female self defense students have either been
attacked or feared attack, it has been very important for
me to develop and evaluate programs that fit each women's
Training, education and experience have helped to provide
me an understanding and insight to the most important
aspects of any given Self
My Warrior Martial
Arts Training Background
For over 30 years, I've studied, investigated and
experienced various forms of warrior training, throughout
these years, I have attended and trained in several
During down times, when I had no formal training, I would
evaluate, examine, modify and test the various techniques
I experienced in these differing fighting styles.
In the late 1980's, I studied Tae Kwon Do at Yun Ho Martial Arts Academy, then in
the early 1990's trained in Wado Ryu under Sensei Jack Morris. During this
time, I also trained in western boxing and investigate new
forms of my warrior strength training concepts.
Little did I realize that my diverse warrior journey was
laying the foundation of an Eclectic Hybrid Mixture of my
Arts, warrior and fitness
training. It was my time spent training with Kaicho
Michael J. Ceballos of Tamanegi Do Martial Arts that help
me build upon this foundation and form Okii Kuma
During the mid 1990's, while investigating the concepts of
Tamanegi Budo, I became a member of the Tamanegi
Do Martial Arts Association and assisted Kaicho
Ceballos in teaching his Karate Clubs and YMCA classes.
During my time with Kaicho Ceballos, I served as a referee
and coach for AAU Karate Tournaments and was one
of the principle referees in the 1st annual Inner City Games hosted by
Arnold Swartzenhager in Orlando, FL.
In 1994, the Tamangi Do Martial Arts
Association officially recognized me as
the Shorei of Okii Kuma Ryu and issued me the Title
of Okuden. During my time studying and training
with Kaicho Ceballos, I was able to train and earn rank
in many of the following styles;
Okii Kuma Ryu
Escrima Ceballos Style
In the late 1990's, my Dad forward me the book "This is
Aikido" by Koichi Tohei. This was formerly my grandfathers
book, it is the large hardcover addition (12 by 8 ½
inches) and is illustrated with around 1,000 photos and
Not only is this book a rare find, it contained notes from
my late Grandfather Ernest "Red" Warner. Every time I read
and studied through this book, I can feel his warrior
spirit right there with me.
In 1998 the concept of Big
Bear Academy began to develop, a natural extension
of Okii Kuma Ryu, BBA has blossomed into the web presence
you see today. In 1999, I was appointed the President of
the Atarashii Budo Shu Kai.
In 2000, TDMAA honored me with the Title appointment
of Tashi of the Shinja Ryu. In recognition of the
hard work and dedication to the development of Okii Kuma
Ryu, Kaicho Ceballos awarded me the Title ' Renshi of
Okii Kuma Ryu '
In 2004 I attended a pressure point seminar in the Chicago
area which re-ignited my passion for applying this type of
training to my warrior journey. You can learn more about
how my warrior martial arts pressure point journey by
Point Training - How I got Started"
Over the past several years I have been re-introduced to
and trained in both Modern Arnis via Master of Tapi-Tapi Ken Smith and Walley Jay's
Small-Circle JuJitsu through Master Will
In December of 2006, Hanshi Ceballos came to
my home for a week long live in evaluation, observing my
teaching, warrior training and family interactions. I
submitted the remaining testing requirements for rank
progression and was awarded my current rank of Rokudan in Okii Kuma Ryu.
Becoming a Business
Warrior and Starting this Website..
Ok, by now you have some what of an idea of my warrior
training journey and the passion I have for each of my
warrior training paths. I am often asked how am I managing
to create this website while working a full time job and
running a warrior business (teaching, training, ect.).
The answer is simply SBI-
Site Build It. SBI is helping me turn my warrior
passions into a viable and reliable small business. SBI
provides me with the tools, knowledge, expertise and
training needed to create, maintain and grow a successful
While, I do recieve a small commision if you join SBI
through links on this website, it does not impede the fact
that SBI is an excellent product and has greatly impacted
I was recently asked "What does SBI mean to you in
these uncertain economic times?" It means the same
thing it meant to me when I first purchased it back in
2004.. FREEDOM. Here is my answer to
this some what loaded question..
Site Build It offers me the quintessential and
fundamental ability to create and forge my own
destiny, outside of what the Government's of the world
do. It allows me to do it at my pace, Without
Prejudice and Without any loss or waiver of rights or
How does SBI equate with FREEDOM? SBI
takes away the constraints of this small business
warrior, allowing me to compete on the global market
place, to create a place where I can share my
passions, while helping others fulfill their warrior
SBI gives me a feeling of certainty in these otherwise
uncertain times, not that I am guaranteed success,
just that I am guaranteed the tools, support and
guidance to gain success.
It has been a long road, but even in these uncertain times
SBI helps guide me to the freedom and security I seek.
Site Build It can help you, just as it has me and many
others. Don't take my word for it, check it out for
yourself..and if you have any questions, feel free to ask an experienced SBI advisor.