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T.R.I.A.D. - Training Regime Incorporating Aggressive Disciplines


T.R.I.A.D.— (EST) “Training Regime Incorporating Aggressive Disciplines - Extreme Survival Training” is a professional training organization and brotherhood of likeminded individuals who desire to train and operate at the highest level of performance in the  modern day of  protective arts of the Samurai Warrior known as Special Operations, Covert/Overt Operations, Gun Fighting, Knife Fighting  and Hand to Hand Combat.

With great skill and power  must come great responsibility and responsibility and accountability to balance and control that same skill and power. Thus the warrior code of conduct adopted by the Japanese Samurai known as the "Eight Virtues of the Bushido:

  1. “GI” (Equality and Fairness) – The ability to make correct, fair and equal decisions in a confident manner toward all people regarding protection as well as the use of lethal force no matter what lifestyle, race, color gender or age.

  2. “YU” (Valor and Courage) – Created as the student / operator progresses in rank and as their skills become more proficient, fluid and based on muscle memory reflex. This is where the student / operator gains the confidence in both themselves and in their skills to successfully handle any situation presented to them.

  3. “JIN” (Benevolence, Compassion and Generosity) – This is the virtue of humility where the student / operator is discouraged from using their new found skills for bigotry and egotistical domination. This works together with "GI" to prevent arrogance within one's self.

  4. “REI” (Proper Behavior, Courtesy and Respect) – This virtue reminds the student / operator always to be aware of the principle of Yin and Yang in all things and that one cannot exist without the other. A teacher cannot be a teacher without a student no more than a student can be a student without a teacher so therefore they are both equal in their own right. Respect and equality must be given to all people at all times.

  5.  “MAKOTO” (Honesty, Honor and Morality) – One must be honest with one’s self before they can be honest with another. Cheating and lying is an acceptance of failure and creates a false environment for the student / operator. This virtue requires us to speak, think and perform in honesty and to the very best of our ability.

  6. “MEIYO” (Success, Honor and Glory) – This virtue follows the student / operator as they become better within themselves. Honor, success and glory follow a positive attitude. This virtue is highly sought after but only follows correct lifestyle and behavior.

  7. “CHUNGI” (Devotion, Loyalty and Dedication) – This virtue is the foundation of all virtues. Without dedication and loyalty to the task at hand – the desired outcome cannot be achieved. This virtue supports all success.

  8. Nintai.........Perseverance

   At all times I shall maintain the above Samurai Virtues in both my professional and personal life and will further maintain HONOR – INTEGRITY – LOYALTY – DISCIPLINE �� HUMILITY – COURAGE – HONESTY – RESPECT and COMMITMENT to my God; my mission; my team; my forefathers of this art who have passed this sword onto me; those who will come after me to learn this art and accept this sword from me as my students; and to myself.

T.R.I.A.D. is by no means a religious organization and does not promote the predetermined definition of a specific God; however – we do all accept the fact that there is a power and concept greater than ourselves that governs us both individually and as a group conscience. This “Power and Concept” may be viewed as God Almighty; Our Creator; The Spiritual Virtues of The Bushido; A Vow to the Code of Our Profession or even the very art itself of T.R.I.A.D.

Whatever our definition of our Higher Power or Code of Honor; we all agree upon this tenant in the following order of priority

  • The Creator of the Art is greater than the Art itself.

  • The Art itself is greater than the Forefathers of the Art.

  • The Forefathers are held in higher esteem than the current teachers of the art.

  • The Current Teachers of the Art are held in high respect by the Student.

  • The Student of the Art shall eventually become a Teacher of the Art by passing on the sword to other likeminded Students thus completing the circle and keeping the Art itself alive and pure.

T.R.I.A.D. itself can be viewed as a tri-conceptual metaphor for many perspective viewpoints including but not limited to the following examples:

  • Body – Mind – Spirit

  • Gun – Knife – Empty Hands

  • Brain – Hands – Weapon

  • Father – Son – Holy Spirit

  • Art – Forefathers – Practitioners

  • Prevent – Terminate – Escape (attack)

The spirit of T.R.I.A.D. is governed by the following order of priorities:

  • The Creator of the Art comes before the Art.

  • The Art and Code come before and govern the Mission.

  • The Mission comes before the Group of Operators.

  • The Group of Operators come before the Individual Operator.

  • The Individual Operator comes before Fear and Death to preserve the Art, the Code

  • The Mission, the Group and then…… Himself.

T.R.I.A.D. (EST) as well as the Surgical Strike System of Shaolin Dim Mak – Kung Fu (SSS) are both sanctioned and chartered as a martial art and martial art school under the United States Martial Artist Association (USMAA) seated in the State of Maryland, USA. All T.R.I.A.D. members shall belong to this organization and shall maintain current membership status. All ethics, codes standards and rules of the USMAA shall be adhered to and enforced by T.R.I.A.D. as well as the USMAA itself.


Supreme Grandmaster (SGM) / Hanshi William Rankin shall be acknowledged and held in high regard as the Founder and International Director of the United States Martial Artist Association by all T.R.I.A.D. members remembering at all times that the USMAA and SGM Rankin are the official chartering and sanctioning entities that allow T.R.I.A.D. to maintain the status of an official lineage based martial art and martial art training organization.


Only the founders of T.R.I.A.D. and (SSS), (Master Rich Kluck) and (Master Joe Bannon) shall maintain direct administrative authority and control of the foundation, membership and structure of the organization and training elements at all times. The USMAA has no “administrative” authority over T.R.I.A.D. in this respect.


No member therefore may circumvent or appeal to the USMAA or any of its Officers regarding any action made or agreed upon by the governing body of T.R.I.A.D. which consists only of Master Rich Kluck or Master Joe Bannon or any of their designated officers, tribunals or counsels put in place by them and solely by them alone.




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