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Shane McFarland

Owner of Mantis Martial Arts LLC. I am a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor 2005-present, rank purple belt (received 2011) My instructors include: Justin Chapweske, Brian Deates, and Jim Collins; Bozeman, Montana (Montana Mixed Martial Arts Academy). I also am an Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine (since 209) and Licensed Massage Therapist (since 2010).

I have additional Mixed Martial Arts experience (Submission Wrestling, Judo, Muay Thai) 2005-2007, Instructors: Brian Deates, and Jim Collins; Bozeman, Montana (Montana Mixed Martial Arts Academy)

Certified Girls on Guard Instructor (Modules I and II), 2009, Defend University, Steve Kardian

Additional exposure to American Karate (2 years) with appreciative experience in Aikido, Tai Chi; Boxing.

My family (wife and child) have been in Pullman, WA. 3 years and plan to be her for the next 4-5 years while I complete my PhD. I love the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle and community. Mantis Martial Arts LLC is an extension of my belief in the Jiu-Jitsu lifestyle. The business is focused on creating an inclusive community of martial arts students and instructors. We are not concerned with profits. It is our aim to continue improving the gym and creating a family friendly atmosphere!

Robert Ferguson

He began his study of aikido in 1982 under Fumio Toyoda Shihan, a student of Shinshin Toitsu Aikido founder Koichi Tohei. Since 1983 he has studied under Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, a direct student of aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba. He currently holds the rank of sandan (3d degree black belt) in aikido. In 1986–87, he studied Yoshinkan Aikido under Quang Tran Sensei, a student of Takashi Kushida Shihan. He has continued to broaden and deepen his understanding of martial arts, taking classes with high-ranking teachers of Daito-Ryu Aikijutsu, Ushiro Karate, and Systema (Russian Martial Art) as well as aikido. Ferguson Sensei taught aikido at Washington State University from 1988 through 2014. In 1992 he founded Palouse Aikido as a school within Aikido Schools of Ueshiba, Saotome Shihan’s organization.