Levi David Bass
Levi David BassLevi Bass began his martial arts journey at 14 years old. He started with Shotokan Karate training under 8th degree Master Karl Shearin and 6th degree Master Richard Liles. He earned his black belt at the age of 17 after competing in multiple tournaments and taking 1st place at the NC state championship. He was then awarded his second degree black belt at the age of 22 in North Carolina just before leaving for bootcamp for the US Navy. Levi knew he wanted to be in California for martial arts so he stayed at the top of his class to have first pick for orders and ensured that he was going to make it to California. It took Levi a couple years in California to find the right school, he tried everything from boxing to Ninjutsu. Eventually he met another Karate practitioner in the Navy that introduced him to P5 Academy and Guro Phillip Palmejar. Even though he was looking for a karate school, Levi did want to learn more about Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well. He took his first class at P5 academy in 2012. The moment Levi walked in the door he knew he was home.
Levi was eager to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and study Jeet Kune Do under an official instructor for the first time, however, fate had a slightly different plan. Levi broke both his elbows 6 months into training and had an oversized implant put in his left arm. This caused a lot of pain for years and changed the focus of his training for a while. Since he could no longer train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Jeet Kune Do effectively, Levi decided to turn to an art that he could still train and compete in despite his injuries. Therefore, Levi ventured into the world of Filipino Martial Arts and began learning Arnis and Kali. Levi started focusing on Fma and achieved a third degree black belt in Jendo Arnis in 2018 competing as often as he could along the way. Throughout the years he has been lucky enough to be able to travel to the Philippines with Guro Palmejar and train with our grandmasters in Jendo-Arnis and Kalis-Ilustrisimo as well as other styles including Balintawak Sugbu Eskrima. Instead of accepting his fate, Levi decided to find a way to fix the issues he was having with his arm which led him to get surgery in India in 2019 just 6 months before his first world tournament in Italy. Though he was not completely healed, he managed to grab a third place medal in kickboxing and was finally able to move forward with goals of competing at higher levels.