About

Boxer Rebellion International
In 1992 Mark Stewart founded the L.A. Chinatown Kali/JKD Club and had already begun to teach internationally, on a regular basis. The name Boxer Rebellion International was used to express the idea of “personal rEvolution through martial arts training” and continues to be our mission.

Boxer Rebellion 1900
In China around 1900, during the Ching Dynasty, there occurred an uprising that would later be called the “Boxer Rebellion”. The Boxer Rebellion was an attempt to rid China of foreigners who were oppressing indigenous ways and attempting to convert the Chinese to the “civilized ways” of Western society.

Although atrocities were committed on both sides and the Boxers (martial artists) were abandoned by their rulers, the Rebellion represented revolution against oppression.

Boxer Rebellion 1967
Around 1967 Bruce Lee was considered by many, to be rebelling against, what he described as the “classical mess” , or classical martial arts. Lee believed that each individual was more important than any particular style or method and that most classical methods of his time were practiced unrealistically.

Boxer Rebellion 1992 – present
BRI represents “personal rEvolution” through honest expression of martial art. BRI represents progressiveness. Not progressive in the sense of avant garde. Because today’s avant garde is tomorrow’s classical mess. BRI expresses the root, which in the case of progressive means to make progress individually and subsequently on the broader scope of the human family.

Boxer Rebellion International

BRI operates in the capacity of higher education and offers various courses in martial arts, combative sports, self defense, health and fitness. We offer private, semi-private and group training as well as Worldwide Seminars. BRI currently offers instruction in the USA, Australia, Thailand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines.

Mark Stewart is one of the rare JKD Instructors who has been exposed to Early JKD, Later JKD and JKD Concepts and offers a view outside of any particular camp…

Testimonials

“Mark Stewart has been doing it right for decades. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to whatever subject he teaches.  I remember seeing you on the cover of magazines and reading your articles hoping to work out with you someday. When we met in Thailand and discussed many things about martial arts and the martial industry, I learned a lot from the conversation and realized you were more well-rounded and experienced than I previously knew. It is no surprise to me that you have such a long-term loyal following. New guys should be paying attention to veterans like you who have paid their dues and know the ropes.”
– Tom Sotis – Founder of AMOK Combatives

” I found the techniques and strategies that Sifu Mark E. Stewart taught to be interesting and educating. The footwork drills and angles that were shown were applicable and easily adaptive to my game. I really appreciated the time and patience Sifu Mark gave to share his knowledge and experience.”
– Prof. Adam Shahir Kayoom – WPMF World Muay Thai Champion, BJJ Black Belt and ONE FC Fighter

“After being awarded a new defensive tactics contract in Singapore I was in need of a well rounded, articulate and proficient martial artist and had to look no further than to Mark Stewart who I had already trained with several times in Bangkok. His ability to blend his vast experience of stick and knife fighting to my defensive tactics system was enormous and he upgraded and refined the courseware which has been well received by all law enforcement officers that have trained with him. After being in the martial art and defensive tactics industry for over 20 years I can honestly say Mark is a rare breed of practitioner who has all the honorable attributes to make someone both highly talented and knowledgeable but humble and respectful at the same time. It has always been a pleasure working and training with Mark and is and always will be my first choice of defensive tactics instructor.”
– Aaron Le Boutillier Managing Director of LBG Le Boutillier Group

“As a lifelong martial arts student & researcher, I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn of, meet, and train with some of the world’s finest martial artists. However, some of the most outstanding fighters are not always the best when it comes to pedagogical skill. As a student of the martial arts, your growth is completely dependent on how well someone can make a particular skill set comprehensible, digestible, and reproducible for you. Mark Stewart is one of those rare instructors who not only has distinguished himself as a topflight fighter, but also someone who is devoted to making his skills YOUR skills. He has the tremendous ability to make training sessions, fun, challenging, realistic, and rewarding. The time you spend training under his guidance will pay you solid dividends!”
– Dr. Mark Cheng

I have borrowed liberally from Sifu Stewart’s outstanding knowledge of the martial arts. I was heavely influenced by his footwork drills while fighting in elite international karate events and I have fully implemented his knife fighting drills in my instruction of in service, police officers. I have trained with Sifu Stewart since the late 1980s and his instruction and training methodology is professional , logical and very easy to add to any system that you are training in.There are very few instructors that can offer the level of martial arts expertice that Sifu Stewart does. I would hightly recommend Sifu Stewart’s seminars and feel safe saying it will leave you with months of new material.
– Sgt. Al Doorlag Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Dept. Head Defensive Tactics Instructor Kalamazoo Regional Police Academy, Head Instructor Western Michigan University Karate Program, 6 Time AAU national karate Champion/Member of the USA/AAU national Karate team.

Sifu Mark Stewart is the consummate martial arts instructor. His incredible breadth of knowledge and experience enables him to take his students not just in the directions he wishes, but in the paths that they need. Sifu Stewart can take a class through the rudiments of Kali, the fundamentals of Jun Fan Kick Boxing, the drills of Wing Chun and the combinations of Savate; all in one session and all to meet each individual student’s need. There are only a handful of instructors in the world that can authentically do that.
– Prof. Armando Basulto, Gracie Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, Savate Silver Glove

I started training with Mark without knowing his background, due to the emphasis he put on functionality and testing the material (i.e. hard sparring). In a short time, I learned that Mark has a very analytical mind and he used that mind to explore what he was teaching. Mark benefitted from training with Ted Lucaylucay and we benefitted from his teaching the Lucaylucay curriculum. Later, Mark had the privilege of becoming an instructor under and personal student of Ted Wong. Over the years, I have said many times that Mark is one of the few martial artists out there who both has a deep understanding of what he teaches, as well as the physicality to pull it off. Mark has always been generous as a teacher and someone whom I have tried to emulate as I went from student to instructor. Anyone who trains with Mark will benefit greatly from his years of training and experience.
– Drew Pruhs So. Cal. Police Officer and Martial Artist

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