Grandmaster Les Kiersnowski started his
martial arts adventure in Europe at age 7. He started with fencing and
Kyokushin, which he continued to age 14 achieving his black belt in the
Kyokushin System. At that time he moved to the United States. Once settled, he
extensively trained in the Kyokushin karate system travelling between
Philadelphia and New York.
Next, he began his studies in the art of
Judo. While training, Grandmaster Les travelled up and down the east coast
competing in any invitational open competitions he was able to attend and be a
part of. Through travelling and meeting several Masters and Grandmasters he was
introduced to Ed Parker’s art of Kenpo. Thus began his training and studies in
While training in Kenpo he continued to travel through
the United States attending all the camps and seminars on Ed Parker’s Kenpo that
he could find. At this time he was introduced to Professor Remy Presas and his
Modern Arnis System in which he fell in love with right away. So he began
training in both systems.
During his training in Kenpo and Modern
Arnis, Grandmaster Les Kiersnowski was introduced to the great bladed art of
Bando. During his travels, for many years teaching and training, he continued
in the three arts and began extensive research in human anatomy, physics and
kinesiology and the angles of movement. So he began to develop his own system
of Sandokan. After spending countless hours and many years the Sandokan System
To this day, Grandmaster Les Kiersnowski travels,
teaches and still learns to better himself and his system. Today Sandokan
System is a sought after art by many that are training in live blade art as well
as law enforcement and military personnel. Sandokan System is taught and
propagated in several different countries such as Canada, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil and in various schools in the United States under SANDOKAN
Grandmaster Les Kiersnowski has his own line
of weapons, which were designed by him for the Sandokan System by using physics,
anatomy and geometry. The Sandokan designed weapons fit any art because of
their exceptional maneuverability and the angles of cutting edge design.
Grandmaster Les Kiersnowski is considered one of the foremost
authorities in bladed weapon combat. He is the founder and 10th degree black
belt in the Sandokan Martial Arts System. He holds a total of 6 black belts
from a variety of Karate styles, which include Judo, Kenpo, Kyokushin, Bando,
and Modern Arnis. Grandmaster Les is a member of NAFMA (North American
Federation of Martial Arts) and holds a seat on the Board of Directors. He is
also a member of IMAF (International Modern Arnis Federation) in the United
States and Philippines. He is an affiliate of the Philippine Indigenous Games
and Sports Savers Association, Inc. (PIGSSAI) and as such he is recognized and
authorized to promote the various Philippine indigenous games and sports,
particularly the Filipino Martial Art of Arnis. He has been certified by the
International Federation of Martial Arts as an International Referee.
Grandmaster Les Kiersnowski has been appointed as the head coach of the Arnis
Division for the US National Karate Team, who were victorious in the 2006 and
2007 World Cup. His outstanding winning competition team: Team Sandokan were
National Champions in 2008 and 2009. He was inducted into NAFMA Black Belt Hall
of Fame in 2006 and World Karate Union Hall of Fame and the ICKO Hall of Fame in
In 2008 Grandmaster Les was on a European Sandokan International Tour in Poland, Switzerland and Germany with four of his top world champion Blackbelts.
In 2009, he was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of
Honors for Outstanding Contribution to Martial Arts and in January 2010,
Grandmaster Les was inducted into the Action Martial Arts Magazine Hall of
Honors as an Ambassador to the Martial Arts. Next, he earned a Lifetime
Achievement Award in July, 2010 and was recognized by Colonel Lisa McManus,
Grandmaster and Founder of Military Arnis. In 2011 Grandmaster Les Kiersnowski
was awarded as Martial Arts Founder of the Year for Sandokan by the United
Federation of Martial Artists.
In 2012 Grandmaster Les was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as a Progressive Martial Arts Master of the Year.
In 2013 he was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame as a Golden LifetimeAchievement Award in June, Then on August 10th, 2013 USA Hall of Heroes inducted GM Les as Master of the Year. Also in August of 2013, GM Les was awarded the Sports Karate Museum Dragon Image Fighting Award in Texas, USA for long and dedicated service to the martial arts. The Worldwide Martial Arts Council recognized Grandmaster Les Kiersnowski as a Grandmaster of the Martial Arts in San Diego, CA on October 1st, 2013. In Cleveland, Ohio on October 12, 2013 GM Les was inducted by the International Circle of Masters as a Sandokan Grandmaster of the Year.
On 9/6/14 Grandmaster Les Kiersnowski has received the Martial Arts History Museum Honors Award for being a pioneer of the arts.