Grandmaster Shelley Millspaugh has been a member of the International Philippine Martial Arts Federation, Modern Arnis Association Philippines International and Kombatan Arnis-Presas Style.
GM Shelley has been a personal student of GM Ernesto A. Presas Sr. and GM Ernesto G. Presas Jr., learning several different curriculums in Modern Arnis de Mano, Kombatan Arnis and also the ‘old style’ of the Presas family art from GGM Presas Sr.
In 1996, GM Shelley moved to Manila, Philippines to further his training, for 6 months, at the IPMAF Headquarters in Quiapo, Manila.
He has attended 3 IPMAF World Training Camps (1993, 1997, 2005) in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, Philippines, including the very first camp held in Hinigaran in 1993.
In 2013, GM Shelley Millspaugh, with the blessings of several Modern Arnis and Kombatan Grandmasters and Masters, created a curriculum that teaches a combination of all of the techniques, drills and sub-styles from his lessons from GGM Ernesto Presas, GM Ernesto Presas Jr., Master Kurt Graham, Master Samuel Dulay, GM Cristino Vasquez, GM Alex France, GM Lito Concepcion and Master Alex Ercia.
That curriculum is called “Modern Arnis / Kombat-an” and is a memorium to the GGM Ernesto A. Presas legacy.
GM Shelley’s mission is to pass on the teachings of his teachers and to spread their arts.
GM Shelley’s main teachers and influence in Modern Arnis / Kombatan:
GGM Ernesto A. Presas Sr.
Master Kurt Graham
GM Alex France
Master Alex Ercia
He has also trained in Aikido, Wing Chun, Muay Thai and many different styles of Arnis/Escrima/Kali and Pencak Silat/Kuntao.
His teaching credentials include Kombatan Arnis (Lakan Siyam, 9th Dan), Guro in Combate Eskrima Orehenal, Master in 5 Way Method, Master in Maju Bela Diri Pentjak Silat and Guro in Kuntao Silat deThouars.
Some of GM Shelley’s teachers through the years have been GGM Ernesto Presas Sr., GM Ernesto Presas Jr., Master Style Nagarajen, Ba Pak Willem deThouars, GM Steve Todd, GM Jeff Sprawls, Master Kurt Graham, GM Roberto Presas, GM Pepe Yap, GM Zimba Maalat, Master Bambit Dulay, Master Michael Ermac, Master Allan Fami, Master Roger Solar, Sensei Michael Sheahon, Sifu’s Ned and Ted Chan, GM Frederico Lazo, Guru Keith Moffit, Guru Chuck Stahman, Uncle Wayne Welsh and Guru Daniel Prasetya.