Sensei Matthew Lozinsky
Sensei Matthew Lozinsky is the lead trainer at Rising Phoenix Martial Arts. He is a 3rd Degree Black Belt (Sandan) in Bujinkan Budō Taijutsu. He is also a 1st Degree Black Belt (Shodan) in Filipino Combatives.
Matthew began training martial arts at the age of 6, his journey into the world of martial arts began with Karate. Growing up he spent hundreds of hours each year, in an effort to learn a variety of martial arts, some of these include; JKD, Kung Fu, Arnis, MMA.
This pursue of furthering his education in martial arts has led him to train on all corners of the globe. Martial Arts has taken him to cities such as New York and Los Angeles and countries such as Japan, to be trained by some of the worlds most highly esteemed Senseis. For Matt martial arts is much more then just a passion or hobby, it is a lifestyle.
At 14 Matthew began training at Rising Phoenix under the stewardship of 6th degree black belt Sensei Tom Gillis. Despite difficult days at the gym, in pursuit of learning all he could under Sensei Tom’s tutelage, what kept Matthew coming back to Rising Phoenix was the brotherhood, friendship, commitment and composure martial arts taught him. Martial arts taught him an incredible amount about himself, such as how to manipulate your body to push even harder when you feel you have nothing left to give, how to remain aware and observe in times of danger to oneself and lastly how to push out of your comfort zone.
After multiple years of training and staying committed to Rising Phoenix, along with his eduction in Martial Arts, Sensei Tom Gillis has passed the torch to Sensei Matthew Lozinsky to continue the legacy he started. It is Matthew’s hope that he can help introduce more of Alberta, and the world to the love, excitement and friendship that martial arts can offer to ones life.
Sensei Nic Savage
Sensei Nic Savage is a trainer and teaching aid, who works alongside Sensei Matthew Lozinsky. He is a 1st Degree Black Belt (Shodan) in Ninjutsu. Nic began training in martial arts at the age of 15. He has studied a large variety of martial arts, some of these include Boxing, Drunken, Mixed Martial Arts, Arnis, and Historical European Martial Arts.
Outside of combatives, Nic is an avid free runner. What keeps him coming back to martial arts, to branch out and learn more, is the individuals in the martial arts community. Training at Rising Phoenix and other gyms around Alberta has forged everlasting friendships. It is this value that Nic strives to instill in any and all students he trains. For Nic, martial arts is much more than just a sport or hobby, it is a lifestyle.