We would like congratulate, Myrlino Hufana, on his 25th Anniversary as the leader, PG, teacher, friend and uncle to our family.  We are proud to   be part of the BMAA family.  For our family, this journey started 20 years ago.  We found our way to the BMAA studio at Crossroads (Bellevue).  We walked in with our three boys, one of which was too young at the time, Vinnie, but the other two, David and Anthony were set to go for their one week trial.  That was all it took, we signed the boys up and their Tae Kwon Do training began. 

We have so many memories and stories that would fill a book.  The many tournaments that we went to, from Oregon to Vancouver, B.C., they were all experiences that the boys learned and grew from, we all did!  The one thing that we quickly learned when we joined BMAA, and met Myrlino and Tess, is that we became part of the "BMAA Family".  Over the past 20 years Myrlino and Tess have been an incredible support to our family.  This studio is more than just instructing students on their forms and sparring in TKD, and their stick and knife movements in ARNIS.           It is truly about integrity, and not just when you are at BMAA.  Myrlino teaches lifelong lessons to each and every boy, girl, man and woman who participate. 

We are forever grateful for all of the love and discipline that Myrlino showed to our boys and our family.  He held each one of them accountable, both in and out of the studio and their practices.  He helped them grow into the men that they are today.  The each respect their "Uncle Myrlino" tremendously.  We were always amazed at the patience that Myrlino showed during some difficult situations.  Strong, intense, but always there to listen and advice.  We know that Myrlino did not do this alone.  Always by his side was Tess.  We love Auntie Tess!

Congratulations on 25 years of being an amazing role model for all of the young people that have come across the doorway of the BMAA studio.  May your good fortune continue for many, many, more years.  We love you and thank you for everything you have done for our family since we first met, over 20 years ago! 

     Love from the Anastasis - Dave, Connie, David, Anthony and Vincent (Renton/Bellevue, 12/2016)

Having been a student of Punong Guro Hufana for the 17+ years, I must admit that I have a biased opinion.  Not only do I consider him a mentor and a fantastic instructor, he is what I'd consider "the real deal" in regards to his combative FMA style.  PG Hufana is much more than this though.  He is also family and close friend.  PG Hufana is open minded and does and does what he says, propagates the Filipino Martial Arts.  PG Hufana dreamed of creating a forum for Filipino Martial Artists to be exposed and to learn from many different Masters and Grandmasters of the FMA.    PG had created the World Filipino Martial Arts Association (WFMAA) in 2003 and gathered some of the best Masters/GMs in the world for 8 years.  He surrounds himself and his students with many of the world's foremost instructors of FMA.  His willingness to share his art as well as that of other top instructors is refreshing and always exciting.  I have not missed one of the WFMAA Expos or any of the HTAI Arnis Camps. 

As a Law Enforcement Officer for the past 30 years, I have taken many different styles of training (Karate, Aikido, Police Defensive Tactics and Submission Wrestling).  I found the FMA to be job specific for me.  Many of the things I've learned over the years with PG Hufana have come to light in many altercations I've had on the streets that I patrol.  Training with PG Hufana has kept me safe and able to go home to my family year after year.  There are so much more I can tell you about PG Hufana and HTAI Academy.  You'll just need to experience it on your own.    

Maraming Salamat Po PG! ("Thank you very much" in Tagalog)

     Dave Devore, Student & HTAI Maestro (Issaquah, WA, 2016) 

My son has been taking lessons here for past 7 years.  Master Hufana is passionate about teaching traditional taekwondo.  Students pay a set fee per month for 3 lessons per week.  You learn real defense skills and spar weekly.  After all these years, my son is now a confident 14 yr old with rock hard muscles on his arms and legs.  At school, he has stepped in to diffuse fights and speaks up for the those being ridiculed.  The business is family owned so you become a part of their family.  If you want honest instructors who can not only teach good fighting techniques but how to be a good person, this is the place for you.  I only wish I had done this early in my life to get those nice muscles!  One other thing, they don't give out belts just for showing up.  You actually have to earn it!

     Michele Fang, Parent (Medina, WA 2018)