Instructors of TAMA
SIbok NIcholas Botary
Chief Instructor Angelia Stubler
Senior Instructor Patrick Chevalier
Sibok Botary’s love of martial arts commenced at the age of 6 when he used to watch Bruce Lee and other Kung Fu movies with his father. However, it wasn’t until the age of 24 that he was able to finally start formal training. His first training started with his college roommate, Sensei Aaron Gerdes, who not only held a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, but had also just earned his black belt in Goshin Ryu Jiu-Jitsu. Sibok Botary focused on Jiu-Jitsu as his primary art, earning 2 belts under Sensei Gerdes . He completed up to the blue belt level in Jiu-jitsu.
While searching for a new gym to work out, Sibok Botary met Sibok Marc Golubic, one of three senior students of Master Jeff Bolt, senior and top student under Dr. Yang Jwing Ming. Under Sibok Golubic, Sibok Botary began learning Yang Style Tai Chi and studied with him for just over a year before leaving to study Northern Long Fist and Southern White Crane Kung Fu under Master Bolt. Ironically, it was in Sibok Golubic’s class where Sibok Botary first met Master Aronson in 1998.
Sibok Botary began learning traditional Northern Long Fist and Southern White Crane Kung Fu under Master Bolt. Sibok Botary studied and trained alongside Master Aronson in Sifu Bolt’s class for over 3 years when Master Bolt was transferred out of the country for work. Sibok Botary commenced his training with Master Bolt in 1999. After Master Bolt’s school closed 5 years ago, Sibok Botary began formal training with Master Aronson. Under Master Aronson, Sibok Botary began learning the Shaolin Falcon Bird system from the Shaolin Nine Bird style passed down to him by High Priest Ricky Anderson. This style beautifully complimented the Southern White Crane Style he had already begun learning under Master Bolt. Along with the Falcon Style, Sibok Botary has also learned some Ying Jow Pai Northern Eagle Claw taught to Master Aronson by Grandmaster Shum Leung of New York City and Hong Kong. Sibok Botary continues his training under Master Aronson, including Yang Tai Chi and intensive Chin Na (grabbing and seizing) practice as well.
Rodney Littles II
My name is Angelia Stubler and my history as a martial artist started as a young 9-year-old girl in pursuit of finding something I could excel in. I began my training in the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) where I learned the meaning of honor, respect, and perfected the core basics every true martial artist needs in their journey to become not a fighter but a martial artist. You may ask yourself what is the difference, to me it is simple; to conquer the very words we call ourselves, “martial artist.” A true practitioner of the martial aspect will push them selves physically to no end, let the mind overpower pain and understand when to use your abilities. The artist can make the deadliest and most difficult techniques appear eloquent and beautiful. In order to achieve the true meaning of a martial artist my path had to change. I began training in Probst Traditional Martial Arts (PTMA). Master Probst not only challenged my training on a new level to becoming a martial artist but he opened my eyes to a new world to martial arts by learning and understanding how to manipulate Chi and for that I am eternally grateful. I have been in martial arts for over 19 years and I will continually strive to expand my training.
As a child growing up in the 1980’s, I loved watching Kung Fu movies on the weekend. My fascination with these movies never took me past reenacting their fighting moves because I was never able to convince my parents to put me in a martial arts class. As an adult my enthusiasm for martial arts hadn’t changed so I sought out a school to begin learning. To my disappointment, several schools refused to teach me because of my size. This is when my brother, Richard Ross, introduced me to the man he had been receiving instruction from, Master Billy Probst. Initially I doubted what Master Probst could teach me about martial arts because he “didn’t look like a martial artist”. This is similar thinking to the other “martial artist”, and “master’s” who had previously refused to teach me. My decision to take instruction from Master Probst has turned out to be one of the best that I have ever made. I am grateful for his teachings, as well as the relationship we have formed throughout the years. I have been doing martial arts since early 2005 with Probst Traditional Martial Arts (P.T.M.A.), and have forged several great relationships along the way. I believe that training in true martial arts can change your life for the better.