Syracuse Martial Arts Academy

Ancient Wisdom...Modern Results

Who We Are

Sifu Anthony Iglesias
Head Instructor: Wing Chun

Sifu Anthony Iglesias began his Martial Arts training in 1979 under the guidance of his older brother who was learning the Ishin Ryu style of Karate, Boxing and also the Filipino Martial Arts. He also trained with his brother’s best friend, NYC boxing champion, the late MarioPontillo.

Sifu Anthony later turned to Sifu James O'Brian to learn the White Crane style of Gung Fu and then later directed his full attention to Traditional Wing Chun Gung Fu under Sifu Randall Segrue and SiGung William Cheung.  An open mind to all styles of Wing Chun, Sifu Anthony has studied other Wing Chun systems directly and indirectly by noted masters such as Duncan Leung, Alan Lee, Ip (Yip) Chun,Augustine Fong and Sifu Francis Fong.

Although a fully certified instructor Sifu Anthony continues his martial arts journey and education and is currently a full-time student under Sifu John Crescione. A constant student, Sifu Anthony travels monthly to his hometown of New York City to train with his Sifu and on occasion even further to train with other instructors. Ami To Fo!

Certified member of The World Ving Tsun Athletic Association


  • Ishyn Ryu
  • Western Boxing
  • Jeet Kune Do
  • Kali Escrima
  • White Crane Kung Fu
  • Wing Chun Kung Fu


Guro Eric Winfree
Head Instructor: Jeet Kune Do, Grappling, Kali Escrima.

Sifu Eric has been studying the martial arts since 1970. He is one of the few full instructors of Jeet Kune Do in Central New York. Guro Eric is a member of the Francis Fong Instructor Association. In 2012, he is inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  In 2016, he was promoted to Senior Instructor under Guro Kevin Seaman, one of just 4 in the world.

He teaches from a perspective of street tactics and security. He has brought several martial artists to the instructor level. He concentrates on the spiritual side of the martial arts and his goal is to help fellow martial artists reach enlightenment. Sifu Eric has developed his own comprehensive Street Self Defense System and Women’s Self Defense Program that are highly regarded among the martial arts community. 

Guro Eric is a member of a local Martial Arts Master's Group.

Guro Eric is available for private instruction and seminars.


  • Classical Chinese Gung Fu
  • Jeet Kune Do
  • Kali Escrima/Silat
  • Wing Chun
  • Fight choreographer for the movie REDD.
  • Professional Fighter for 5 years, traveling across the country on two professional fight teams. Retired with a very impressive record of 36-3.
  • Developed his own street combative system that has been successfully tested in numerous real world encounters.
  • Developed his own personal defense weapon that is available worldwide.
  • He trains security personnel, police officers, parole officers, military personnel as well as teachers, housewives, everyone....
  • He lectures and advises people on security and safety issues.
  • He lectures and advises people on spirituality and the history of martial arts.
  • He is an active member of a local Martial Arts Masters Consortium.
  • He is also a published author – his upcoming work is on street-wise self defense.


Sijo Bruce Lee - Guro Dan Inosanto - Sigung Kevin Seaman - Sifu Eric Winfree


Sifu Anthony Iglesias and Guro Eric Winfree - Read more about our backgrounds to the left.

Why Us

No other activity can give you all the same benefits that you get from Martial Arts Training.

We are the only full combatitives school in Central New York. We train real self defense for students, teachers, doctors, lawyers, police officers, bouncers, IT Techs, everyone, every profession. Everyone can benefit from studying kung fu. Even you! Acquire extraordinary speed, focus, sensitivity, coordination and balance.

You can't worry about rules and points when you are being attacked. There is no referee on the street. We teach you how to totally dominate and control a confrontation. This is the ulitmate in self defense training.

We have 2 full-size training rooms with over 3,500 sq. ft. of training space. Two private dressing rooms and onsite bathroom. We offer classes 5 days a week. Morning and Evening Classes. You can train in any style or all styles. You have the ability to access "open floor" times. Any time the school is open students are welcome to come in and train on their own or with other fellow classmates to increase their proficiency.

Sifu Eric is a member of the Francis Fong Instructor Association.