Master Mike Donovan was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Girard College in 1963 and has also attended La Salle University and Robert Morris College. Master Donovan started Martial Arts in 1965 while a member of the U.S. Army, Special Forces. His initial martial arts training was in Combat Karate while in the Special Forces (Green Berets). He started Kenpo in 1968 and has practiced Martial Arts for over 40 years.
Master Donovan received his black belt in 1971. He started Arnis training with Grand Master Remy Presas in 1985 and added his advanced black belt ranking under Professor Presas. Master Donovan is a former National Director of the International Modern Arnis Federation for Canada.
Over the years, Master Donovan has received direct instruction from Grand Master Remy Presas, Grand Master Wally Jay, Grand Master Dennis Tosten, and Master Martin Kerns. He was a private student of former World Champion Grand Master Joe Lewis and has worked out and trained with numerous celebrities and personalities. In February of 2006, he was awarded his 8th Degree Black Belt by Grand Master Dennis Tosten. He also holds 7th degree black belt under Grand Master Joe Lewis. His competitive experience as a fighter and forms competitor dates back to 1968. Master Donovan organized and developed the Olympic Karate Canpo / Arnis system in 1990 and it is the base system for our school. Master Donovan started our Little Dragons program in 1986 and he was the first instructor to teach Cardio Kickboxing in London.
As an Instructor, Master Mike Donovan is without peer.