ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Rafa holds black belts in Kung Fu, Judo, Aikido and Siriat Knife Fighting. He has also studied Japanese Jiu Jitsu, Piper Knife Fighting, Kali and Shooto Wrestling. During his quest to understand the warrior mind, he studied Zen under one of the first American Zen monks in Japan. His eagerness to learn has taken him around the world to study from numerous high ranking master instructors.
Rafa's turning point in his life occurred when he felt the calling to do something meaningful with his life. Rafa went from a successful Wall Street Broker to a Law Enforcement Officer. The change of hats took him to a field where he was exposed to the darkness of humanity and the violence of the street. Working in one of the most violent cities in America amplified the impact. For the majority of his career he was assigned to combating the trafficking of illegal drugs into the U.S as a VICE- Undercover Narcotics Agent. He has been assigned to County and Federal Task Forces including MADTF and the DEA. Rafa has also operated in high risk environments as a SWAT Officer and a Street Team Agent. Expanding his horizons, Rafa became an adjunct instructor at the Police Academy specializing in Defensive Tactics and Firearms. Rafa has traveled throughout the US and South America training Military, LE, security details and warrior minded individuals in close quarters combatives and close quarters firearms.
After seeing first hand the progressive demise of the alpha-male and a negative shift in men's confidence, Rafa felt compelled to start a movement that focused specifically on the development of an optimum performing alpha-male. A warrior that could walk confidently in life by adapting, overcoming and winning at the game of life. This movement transcended the self help and fitness models found everywhere. His goal was to dive deeper into what it took to be a modern day warrior and create a unique model that would bridge the gap between the medieval warrior and the modern day warrior, giving men practical and useful tactics, techniques and information to live a life that embodies the warrior spirit. Man of War was born after several years of research and development.