Datu Rich Acosta is the Chief Instructor of Kuntaw Kali Kruzada. He has over 20 years experience in the martial arts including Kali-Arnis-Eskrima, Kuntaw, Chuan Fa, Jujutsu, Karate and Aikido under Maestro Rico Acosta. He has also received private training in the Philippines under some of the foremost experts of the Filipino martial arts such as Grandmaster Vicente Sanchez (Kali Arnis International Federation), Grandmaster Samuel Bambit Dulay (IMAFP Modern Arnis) and Grandmaster Jose G. Mena (Doblete Rapelon), and in the U.S. under Punong Mataw Guro Louelle Lledo (Amara Arkanis Sistemang Praksiyon).

Datu Rich has been teaching group classes and seminars in New York City since 1996. He has received separate promotions to the rank of Master Instructor / Teacher from Maestro Rico Acosta, Grandmaster Vicente Sanchez, and Punong Mataw Guro Louelle Lledo; in their respective systems and organizations.


He has written numerous articles on the Filipino martial arts, and has produced several DVDs on the Kuntaw Kali Kruzada system. On April 16, 2009, he was featured in a New York Times article on the martial arts, and on March 6, 2010 he was inducted into the UFOMA Hall of Fame, in recognition of his efforts to propagate the FMA here in the United States.


Datu Rich has been appointed Director of New York for Sword Stick Society International. He is also a representative of Kapatiran Mandirigma, a brotherhood of Filipino and Indonesian martial artists, and he is a member of the Philippine Council of Kali Escrima Arnis Masters.


Datu Rich Acosta is actively teaching group classes in NYC and NJ, as well as seminars, Instructor training programs and workshops around the country.

Current rank: Datu / 7th degree Master Instructor - Kuntaw Kali Kruzada

Additional Certifications:

Kali Arnis International - Master / Punong Guro under GM Vicente Sanchez
Amara Arkanis FMA Education - Master / Mantas Guro under MG Louelle Lledo
Arnis de Mano FMA Education -
Level 3 Teacher under MG Louelle Lledo
IMAFP Modern Arnis - Instructor / Guro under GM Bambit Dulay
Doblete Rapelon - Instructor / Guro under GM Jose G. Mena
Kenshinji Zen Jujutsu - 3rd Degree Black Belt under Kyoshi Rico Acosta

Current affiliations (alphabetic order):

International Modern Arnis Federation Philippines
Kali Arnis International Federation
Kapatiran Mandirigma
Philippine Council of Kali Escrima Arnis Masters

Sword Stick Society International

Maestro Rico Acosta and Datu Rich Acosta

Guro Nagen, Grand Master Bambit Dulay and
Datu Rich
- Mandaluyong, Manila

grandmaster jose mena
Datu Rich and Grandmaster Jose Mena
- Luneta Park, Manila

Datu Rich Acosta and Grandmaster Vicente Sanchez
- Manila