Chief Instructor

Bargaining position

Daniel Hefferton began his training in the martial arts at the age of sixteen (beginning in Kenpo Karate).  He is a certified Full Associate Instructor in Jeet Kune Do Concepts (JKDC) and Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) under Sifu / Guro Grant Richardson (Infinity Fighting Systems) within the Paul Vunak/ Inosanto lineage of JKDC and Inosanto/Lacoste Kali.

Daniel Hefferton has been training in the JKDC/Kali systems for over 12 years.  In addition to Sifu Richardson’s teachings, he has trained with Grant Sawyer (Sunrise Martial Arts), and attended seminars with Dan Inosanto (Inosanto Academy) in Montreal and Makoto Kabayama (JKD Family) in Toronto.

He has taught graphic designers, IT professionals, scientists, teachers, scholars, security officers, soldiers, and members of the skilled trade community.   The diversity of his clientele shows that anyone can learn self defense and martial arts, regardless of background.  This also highlights his ability to modify his teaching methods to meet the needs of anyone requiring instruction.  Preparedness has always been one of his core values, as such, he has expanded his self-reliance expertise into the area of emergency preparedness.

His mission is to teach his students how to trust themselves, develop game plans, focus their problem solving skills, and find humor in life.  Because nothing hits harder than life, hence the philosopy “Train to fight, Fight to live.”

Martial Arts Certifications
  • Full Associate Instructor in Jeet Kune Do Concepts (JKDC) under Sifu / Guro Grant Richardson (Infinity Fighting Systems), noted Law Enforcement and Canadian Forces Instructor
  • Full Associate Instructor in Filipino Kali/Eskrima – Panantukan – Dumog/Silat
  • Defend Contain Remove (DCR) Defensive Tactics Instructor
  • Phalanx CQC Combatives – Basic Trainer 1 / Counterpoint Level 1 [Canadian Rapid Assault Tactics (C-RAT) ]
  • Women’s Self-Defence Instructor
  • Southern Ontario Representative for Infinity Fighting Systems/Kali Training Ottawa
Other Background Experience and Education
  • Five years experience with the Canadian Forces
  • Former combat engineer trained in urban warfare and the use of demolitions/booby-traps/mine warfare
  • Deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan on ROTO O in 2003 as a Troop Commander’s driver, camp radio-operator and a member of Explosive Ordnance Disposal team
  • Professional Certificate in Emergency Management from York University