• 561.312.1967
  • sensei@martialartsofthepalmbeaches.com

Meet Our Expert Instructors

Sensei Chris Fortney

Sensei Fortney is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Aikido, a 4th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do / Karate Do and Kobudo, and 1st Degree Black Belt in Judo / Jujitsu. He also holds rank Iaido. Sensei Fortney has nearly three decades of martial arts experience, with Shihan Roger Jarrett, www.usamaf.com, exerting the most influence in his development as a martial arts expert and Instructor. In addition, Sensei Fortney has also studied extensively with other masters, including: Kyoshi Kevin Blok, Shihan Kiyoshi Yamazaki, Hanshi George Anderson, Hanshi Philip Porter, and Shihan Fumio Toyo

Sensei Fortney has competed across the United States, and has taught nationally and internationally for over 20 years. Chris has personally developed hundreds of black belt in the martial arts, and trained dozens of police officers and professional athletes inside and outside martial arts. His personal passion and expertise, combined with his encouraging and supportive teaching style have earned him a reputation as a respected practitioner and instructor in the martial arts arena. Sensei Fortney has been a head instructor at Legacy Martial Arts for over 10 years where he emphasizes traditional arts, how they are all uniquely different, linked and worked together, and how each and how each martial art form makes the other art stronger – the original Mixed Martial Arts.

Additional biographical highlights:

  • Started Tae Kwon Do/Karate-Do in 1985
  • Started Aikido in 1986
  • Received first black belt, in aikido, under Shihan Fumio Toyoda, in March of 1992
  • Participated in high school basketball, football, cross-country running, and track and field, while also taking part in Aikido, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kobudo, Iaido and Judo / Jujitsu.
  • Played college basketball at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI (NCAA Div. III); received Men’s Student Athlete Award in 1997
  • Was Uchideshi (a live-in student) with Shihan Roger Jarrett the summer of 1996, and for 26 months spanning 2005 to 2007

Sensei Jason Craig

Sensei Craig’s martial art training began in 1983 with the study of Praying Mantis Kung Fu in New Jersey.  After years of exclusive training, he advanced to Judo and Karate. All three martial arts led Jason in a new direction – to one of harmony.

In February of 2000, he joined the USAF and began intensive training of Aikido under Sensei Skip Chapman, attending many seminars with Shihan Yoshimitsu Yamada, Shihan Donavan Waite, Shihan Seiichi Sugano, and others. In 2007, Sensei Craig moved to Florida and joined the Martial Arts of the Palm Beaches. He was presented the rank of Shodan (1st degree black belt) in April of 2008.  Jason recently moved to Colorado, but returns as a featured instructor.

Sensei Cameron Divella

Sensei Cameron Divella is has been training in the martial arts for over 15 years and has a wide variety of experience ranging from Karate, Kung Fu, Brazilian Jujitsu, to Muay Thai Kickboxing.

He has been teaching for over a decade, and takes great pride in serving as head coach for Team Legacy, and knowing that his training has led to nearly a dozen National Champions (U.S. Open 02-07).

Sensei Cameron is working on a 4th degree black belt, and is the head instructor for Legacy Martial Arts. He is the founder of the Legacy submission system and innovator of the inclusive Go-to grappling combinations which have been attributed to the team’s success at submission events including Naga and the World Martial Arts Championship.

Legacy Martial Arts

Legacy Martial arts Palm Beach County’s finest children and young adults program as well as women’s Kick boxing.

Contact Sensei Fortney at 561.312.1967 for a complimentary consultation, or email Chris directly at sensei@martialartsofthepalmbeaches.com