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, humour, 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.
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/
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.
__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