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, Combat 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), 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).

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 from Maestro Rico Acosta and Grandmaster Vicente Sanchez, in Kuntaw Kali Kruzada and Kali Arnis International respectively.


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 UFMA Hall of Fame, in recognition of his efforts to propagate the FMA here in the United States.


Datu Rich was one of the founding members of the Mataw Guro Association. He is currently a representative of Kapatiran Mandirigma, a brotherhood of Filipino and Indonesian martial artists. He is also 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
• IMAFP Modern Arnis - Instructor / Guro under GM Bambit Dulay
• Doblete Rapelon - Instructor / Guro under GM Jose G. Mena
• Arnis de Mano FMA Education - Teacher certification under MG Louelle Lledo
Kenshinji Zen Jujutsu - Sandan / 3rd Degree Black Belt under Kyoshi Rico Acosta

Current affiliations (alphabetic order):

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

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