Staff

The men and woman who offer their teaching and services at LOTSWild programs make our school what it is.  High standards, quality instruction, rigorous attention to detail, humor, and an inspired curiosity for learning make all of our teachers exceptional.  Below are some of the people we are honored to call members of our learning community.



Brian Adams - Grandmaster Adams has been a pillar of the western martial arts world for over half a century.  After opening what became the most successful Kenpo Karate school at the time in San Diego, 1964, he went on to publish a critical work titled "Medical Implications of Karate Blows" in 1969.  A personal student of the late Bruce Lee, Brian has integrated Jeet Kune Do concepts with filipino arts, jiu jutsu, White Tiger Kung Fu, boxing, traditional Chinese and universal weapons, and Kenpo, to forge what is today known as IMA - Integrated Martial Arts.  Danny Inosanto, Ed Parker, David German, Rajneesh, and many other master teachers have given Brian a background that is rare in both depth and scope.  His goal is to produce intuitive and alive, spontaneous and creative fighting spirit in an efficient and effective way.  We are honored to have him as part of our school instructors.  For more information on Brian Adams visit his website http://www.integratedmartialarts.net/about.html 


Chuck Blackburn - We offer our sincere condolences to GM Blackburn and his wide circle of friends and family.  Blackburn passed away mid Summer 2013. 
Grandmaster Blackburn earned his black belt while stationed in Korea in the late 1960's.  Since that time he has explored mind/body connections in martial arts becoming a true master teacher in the fields of martial arts, psychology, healing, and philosophy.  As head of the Spiritual Martial Arts Association Blackburn oversees numerous schools from Orlando, Florida to western NC.  His teaching experience ranges from informal to the collegiate level where he has specialized in public speaking and psychology.  Author of numerous writings and ranked in Tai Chi, Aikido, and Tae Kwon Do (in addition to 8th dan Tang Soo Do), he tries to live his motto; "To learn, to grow, to share". He is also a fantastic source of information related to food, gardening, storage, computers, native studies, asian history, weapons, and self-sufficiency. For more information on Chuck Blackburn visit his website http://www.chuckblackburn.org/about-chuck/





Charly Aurelia - Charly began his career in emergency medical and fire rescue services in the early nineties.  A top of the class graduate EMT he went on to complete emergency wilderness medical care at SOLO New Hampshire and later the Advanced Wilderness Paramedic Program.  As valedectorian and Class President of his EMT-Intermediate program he began teaching the basics and found he had a gift for passing information on in an effective way.   Charly has also completed Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor training and even taught Yale Medical School residents.  He was a Neonatal Resuscitation Program Instructor, a Prehospital Trauma Life Support Instructor and CPR trainer for the Professional Rescuer Instructors class.  At the Maine Primitive Skills School he designed and implemented the Wilderness Medical course and still offers top quality instruction at our own Firefly Gathering in WNC where he has taught for 4 years. 
                 In addition Charly has an extensive background in martial arts including Russian Systema and current studies with Brian Adams in Integrated Martial Arts.  http://www.mountainforge.org/index.html

Spencer Bolejack - LOTSWild director, see background page.

Zech Conklin - Zech is a USMC certified CQB instructor, MARSOC veteran Recon/Scout-Swimmer, who formerly fought semi-pro Muay Thai competition circuits.  The only thing cooler is that he is a great dad and husband who is doing his best to make it all work in this mad world.  Thank you sir for your continued support and assistance!


Adam Blake - life long friend of Spencer, Adam has extensive experience in the back country, is a rock climber, white water kayaker, and was a certified Wilderness First Responder. In addition, he has a degree in outdoor education and has been employed by the N.C. Forest Service and has worked as a mountain surveyor. He spent much of a Winter, Fall, and Summer in his Tipi and is coming to know the woods like only those who have lived there do.  Adam has dan rankings in Budo Taijutsu and continues to train with teachers in our area.


Nina Linton - Nina is a student who grew up in our martial arts and scout camp programs and has recently graduated from UNC Chapel Hill.  A native of Korea and frequent visitor to Alaska she brings tremendous leadership skills and life experience to the table when working with kids in an outdoor setting.  She has experience in first aid and has completed many SCI (basic) and SCII (advanced) programs offered at LOTSWild.  Nina continues her study of Tang Soo Do under Spencer Bolejack and will get caught up from that broken leg eventually! ;)


Sean Kennedy - Shidoshi Sean Kennedy has followed martial arts as a lifelong path for over 30 years. He received his Godan (5th black belt) rank in Japan from Soke Masaaski Hatsumi in 2007.  As head Instructor of Kasumi Yama Buijnkan Dojo, he teaches his students the authentic arts of Japan's ancient warrior lineage.  He also holds black belt ranking in Tae Kwon Do, Chinese Kenpo Karate, and Shirin No Tura Karate. He is also a hard working father and husband.  Mr. Kennedy brings the living traditions of modern ninjutsu to LOTSWild with style and effectiveness.



__off-site mentors, masters, friends__



Eustace Conway - Eustace has served as a friend, mentor, teacher, and employer for Spencer over the past 15 years.  He moved into the woods at age 17 and never returned to what some call civilization.  He holds records for the fastest North American crossing on horseback, has canoed the mississippi, biked New Zealand, traveled through primitive South America, walked the Appalachian Trail, buggied across the northwest plains, and sets a standard for exceptional living that few will ever realize.  He is a master hunter, trapper, blacksmith, builder, carver, architect, and passes on his motto, "Simply Real", at his 1,000 acre nature preserve called Turtle Island.  Eustace earned his B.A. in Anthropology from Appalachian State University.  Eustace has been featured in People magazine, numerous TV shows, and in a best selling book but he prefers the quiet wilderness life.  For more info visit his website; www.turtleislandpreserve.com


Grandmaster Masaaki Hatsumi is the principle and Master Instructor of the Bujinkan. His Art, Budo Taijutsu, is a comprehensive blend of nine warrior schools and has been used bysome of the world's leading security and military organizations. Civilian practitioners strive to not only master techniques of Taijutsu, but to learn the greater life principles of harmony, compassion, and understanding in dealing with the world and others. Soke Hatsumi is a studied theater major and retired chiropractor with studies in advanced acupuncture. He has practiced and is ranked in Karate, Aikido, Kendo, and is a 4th Dan in Judo. He currently heads the Hombu Dojo, Japan. Hatsumi's lineage is passed on to our instructors through Shihan Ed Martin.

Grandmaster Hwang Kee (Kwang Jang Nim) is a legendary Korean Martial Artist. He founded Tang Soo Do and established the Moo Duk Kwan, or school of martial virtue. He believed martial arts were not meant to be sports, but rather, combat effective art forms that cultivated human character. Grandmaster Hwang Kee passed away on 14 July, 2002. His lineage is passed on to us through Master Chuck Blackburn, 8th Dan, head of the Spiritual Martial Arts Association.


Papa-san, Ed Martin , is one of a handful of senior teachers carrying on the tradition of Ninjutsu in the world today. At 15th Dan he is the highest rank achievable under Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi. He is the author of many books and DVD's on locks, chokes, cane, self-defense, Chi-Kung, Ojii Jutsu, and knife/weapon self-defense. He has been consulted by all elements of the martial world as well as trackers and wilderness experts. He travels, conducting seminars and tests for teachers and students of Budo Taijutsu, and still welcomes visitors in his own home in Pennsylvania. He is our senior Master in the Bujinkan and a respected warrior who lives with humor, simplicity, and compassion. Thank you Ed!


Moti Nativ - Shihan Moti Nativ, 15 Dan, is head of Bujinkan Israel and is chairman of the Israeli presidium of The International Budo Academy. He has been involved in martial arts since 1966 and in Bujinkan since 1975. Moti has taught martial arts since 1979 including: self defence (Krav-Maga), Judo and Budo Taijutsu. As a Feldenkrais teacher, Moti specializies in seminars for martial artists with a unique course for improving the Warrior Ability. He is retired Colonel from the Israeli Defence Force. Over the past 10 years Moti has specialized in the traditional Kata of the Bujinkan Schools and in performing the Shingen- gata.  He has wrestled in tournaments in the USA and in Israel, is a belt instructor in Kodokan Judo and a certified instructor in self-defence Krav-Maga. In addition, he is certified as a Martial Arts Instructor by the Israeli Formal School for Coaches and Instructors at the Wingate Institute and is the organizer and manager of the Israeli Bujinkan Instructors courses.  Moti has visited Asheville and freely shares his experience with anyone willing to . . . hit the ground!