Master Collins study of martial arts began over 30 years ago at age six, with a blended style of Shaolin Kung Fu, Kempo and Karate. By his teens, Collins showed signs of a particular gift with martial arts and began to make a name for himself in numerous tournaments. As his experience grew, Collins devoted more time to martial arts study, training on a daily basis with some of the nations leading martial arts instructors.
By age 18, Collins was studying and now instructing martial arts six to seven days a week from early morning until late in the evening. For over a decade Collins lived, breathed, taught and studied martial arts not simply as a part time activity but as his sole occupation, all day, every day. During the decade, Collins worked as an instructor and leader of several schools, attended, participated and judged hundreds of tournaments and advanced to the rank of Master. During the 1980s, Master Collins worked for several martial arts groups as a lead instructor and assisted with the opening and management of several schools as a member of the Fred Villari organization he studied under Grandmaster Villari himself as well as other leading teachers. Later, Collins expanded his study to include various other styles such as Aikido, Jui Jitsu, Boxing, Kickboxing and Tai Chi, seeking out instructors in these disciplines and training with them. Thane Collins believes in humbleness and often attends other schools to learn different styles and systems.
In the mid 1980s, Master Collins became a police officer in the city of Worcester MA. Due to his unique abilities on the police force as an officer who could disarm, arrest and subdue suspects with minimal injury to them or to law enforcement officers, Collins was regularly designated by fellow officers and the police department to single handedly deal with violent offenders and difficult suspects. During his twelve years as a police officer, Master Collins had over 3000 encounters with armed, dangerous and violent criminals. This unusual …
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