INSTRUCTOR: Guru, Brian Earnest


Brian Earnest

Martial Arts Coach

Self-Defense Training Instructor

(Creator/Founder of “Silat Street Combatives”)

He has over 35 years of experience, training in the martial arts. He started in his first Tae Kwon Do class when he was 9 years old. Earned his first Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do when he was a teenager. Former owner/operator of West Colfax MMA & Traditional Martial Arts Gym, Lakewood, CO.

Instructor/Director of Operations for “Denver KunTao Silat Group LLC”.

He is one of only a handful of 2nd Generation students/instructors trained directly under BaPak Willem de Thouars (“Uncle Bill” as his friends and Disciples refer to him). He trained directly under the founder, Willem de Thouars for many, many years in his backyard. He is one of the featured Instructors often seen in videos/footage of the “American Kuntao Silat” Instructor training, distance learning programs.


He remains ever the student and continues to learn and develop his martial arts skills, with a focus on the basics. He is a personal student of Sigung Phillip Sailas and continues his training in his basement with him to this very day, in the system(s) taught by Willem de Thouars.

He is passionate about health, fitness and martial arts. His training background includes training in NuBreed Mixed Martial Arts (Professor Ben Fajardo), MMA (High Altitude Kickboxing & MMA), Boxing (House of Pain Boxing Gym) Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jujitsu, Jeet Kune Do Concepts, Tae Kwon Do, as well as Traditional Kung Fu (Shaolin Hug Gar, Tai Ji, Ba Gua, and Hsing-I).

He also draws from his professional experiences from owning and operating a Security Consulting & Investigation Agency for over 20 years. He also owned and operated his own Bail Bond Agency & Bail Enforcement Recovery agency for over 7 years. During his professional experiences, with an emphasis on personal protection, arrest/control procedures as well as pepper spray, taser gun and handcuffing techniques he was required to receive a lot of specialized training. These specialized trainings were all taught by Law Enforcement Officers, Correctional Officers, Private Security Protection Professionals and former Special Operations, Military Personnel. He was also a student at the Elite Body Guard Academy, ESI (executive security international). 

He has been teaching martial arts for over 15 years. He holds several Black Belt certifications, ranks at the Instructor/Teaching level. He is also a Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, and Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach.


- Self-Defense Company Instructor

- Licensed Practitioner/Teacher of Willem de Thouars’ “Hakka KunTao Silat” System

- Guru, KunTao Silat

- Black Belt, Wun Hop Kuen Do

- Jeet Kune Do Concepts-Lopez, Instructor

- Certified Muay Thai Fitness Coach

- Certified Personal Fitness Trainer

- Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach

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